"The role of the ending is by no means restricted with the end of the game. The course of the game as a whole is conditioned to a great extent by considerations about possible chances in case of exchanging the main Pieces and passing to the endgame."
Benjamin Blumenfeld, master
"To give big and serious consideration to the endgame, that is my sincere advice to all young chess players."
Vasily Smyslov, Champion of the World