# Final Moves #1: Your Guide to Endgames

"The Square of the Passed Pawn"

Every Wednesday, visit my column to learn a new endgame.

See what happens to players who don't know the secret I'm about to share with you?

Suppose you have a passed pawn that you want to promote. Visualize a square, with one corner on the passed pawn and another corner on its promotion square. Here are some examples so you can see exactly what I mean:

If it's your turn, and the enemy king is outside this square, your pawn can promote and win! Practice visualizing these squares until you can spot them in a couple seconds. This is faster and more accurate than calculating, "I move here, he moves there, then I move here."

If you're very sharp, you noticed that the square for a pawn on the second rank is the same as the square for a pawn on the third rank. That's because a pawn on the second rank can move two squares on its first move.

Of course, the defending king should try to get inside the square and stay there. If the defending king gets into the Square of the Passed Pawn, he can capture the pawn and draw.

The only exceptions are when the pawn is protected, or the defending king's path to the pawn is protected or blocked.

Enjoy, and see you next week!

Endgame Puzzles

• 4 years ago

Nice work!

• 4 years ago

thanks!!

• 5 years ago
Thanks likesforest
• 5 years ago
thank you nice job! please continue
• 5 years ago
thank you nice job! please continue
• 5 years ago
thank you nice job! please continue
• 5 years ago
Nice job.Thanks.
• 5 years ago
great stuff....
• 5 years ago
The tutorial is very informative.Its noble of you to share your knowledge with others.Keep it up.
• 5 years ago
Thanks for new insight. God bless you.
• 5 years ago
A very useful insight, well presented. Thanks
• 6 years ago
I loved the last puzzle
• 6 years ago
Very cool, thanks. Any more 'tricks' would be appreciated.
• 6 years ago

Very nice,

Thanks

• 6 years ago
sweet stuff!
• 6 years ago
Great tutorial!
• 6 years ago

very instructive.

cheers from chilly aberdeen.

• 6 years ago
excellent!
• 6 years ago

erik, farbror, SonofPearl - I'm glad you enjoyed it; I'm finding these articles fun to research and write!

transformation - I plan to focus on this blog for now. I can't handle parallel blogs--when would I play chess?! :) Of course, I will stop by yours regularly. Why have I jumped over here? Hrm. Partly because Eric is willing to customize the site for us chess bloggers, and partly to check out new faces and places. I looked up your Chess Tactics Server rating and it's looking great. 30070 puzzles solved at 86.2% accuracy--and that big accuracy jump means you've been much more accurate as of late.

• 6 years ago

i am here!  got to run NOW.  warmest, dk

i am back now.  nice job!  are you closing your blogger or going to let it go inactive, in lieu of here, or intend parallel efforts?  any special reason other than editable comments, if i many ask?

nice work.  have you noticed the inexorable raise of my CTS percentage?  if i was 84.9% at 24,000 and now inches from 86.2% at 30,000, that is a lot of correct tries at 1500.  if hooks law says the work performed is the area under the curve, then i am doing more work than at 85% annualized, per last fall...