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Endgame Position Problems

I will present several endgame positions as problems to illustrate endgame principles and cases. In figuring them out perhaps you will learn a little also.










1) Mating with a rook and king against a lone king involves limiting the other king's moves. See if you can mate in 3 moves













2) Rook pawns (pawns on the a and h files) give the weaker side chances to draw not available with center pawns. Black to move and draw.











3) Sometimes less is more. White to move and win.














4) White to move and draw.  It does not have an exact solution, but if you notiice Black cannot both queen his pawn and stop White's pawn from queening. He can do only one or the other.  This is an old endgame study by Richard Reti.


  • 11 months ago


    I cant believe how i didnt solve it right away by instinct..so few pieces / pawns and yet .. the right move escapes me... 

  • 20 months ago


    Cool and very helpful, Thanks Frank.

  • 23 months ago


  • 2 years ago


    Thanks CA Student ... and great puzzles, Doc :)

  • 2 years ago


    why doesn't black have the chance to win?

  • 2 years ago


    What I meant was that there is not a single line. Most of the moves are the same but can be played in different orders. Black has the choice of going for the white pawn or moving his own pawn in any order.

  • 2 years ago


    What's your definition of an "exact solution?" The Reti study must certainly does have an "exact solution" or isn't it "exact" if there are any sidelines or variations?

  • 2 years ago


    Sorry for the mistake. It has been corredted.

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