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likesforests, the Endgame Strategist


    • The Endgame Tactician: Not Quite Lucena III

      Not Quite Lucena positions feature the attacker's pawn on the sixth rank with his king in front of the pawn and are quite common in practice. This is the final article in my series on Lucena. You may want to read through the earlier ones here,... | Read More

    • The Endgame Tactician: Not Quite Lucena II

      Not Quite Lucena positions feature the attacker's pawn on the sixth rank with his king in front of the pawn... they're quite common in practice. If you haven't already, I recommend reading my last two articles, Lucena I and Lucena II, ... | Read More

    • The Endgame Tactician: Not Quite Lucena

      An interesting position, very similar to Lucena, is when the attacker's pawn is on the sixth rank with his king in front of it. If Black plays carefully and checks from the side he can draw, but in practice the defender mucks it up 80% of the ... | Read More

    • The Endgame Tactician: Lucena, not so simple?

      Lucena is the most important position in Rook & Pawn vs Rook endings, so why do most books use only one or two diagrams to explain it? Let's begin with a quiz. White to move. If you had the White pieces, which of the above positions could ... | Read More

    • The Endgame Tactician: Rook vs Pawns

      I've been studying Rook vs Pawn endings. Would you guess, in 54% of games the pawn suffices for a draw?! Read on to learn the secrets. 1. The Force FieldIn the simplest case, you prevent the enemy king from accompanying his pawn. If his pawn a... | Read More

    • The Endgame Tactician: loomis, 28.Aug.2006

      White to move. I'm a thief, and I'll admit it. Loomis posted this excellent position in his blog entry a year ago, and now I'm covering it here (with permission):First, the easy part. White can blockade the queenside pawns with his kni... | Read More

    • The Endgame Tactician: Knight vs Blocked Pawns II

      To master an endgame, you must learn the general rules and you must practice them. We did the first step in Knight vs Blocked Pawns. Now we tackle the second step.White to move. Dvoretsky, 2000. With our newfound knowledge, this position is too si... | Read More

    • The Endgame Tactician: Knight vs Blocked Pawns

      loomis recently noticed that my Seven Rules of Knight Endings was missing the important situation of blocked pawns. This post corrects that. Knights should defend passed pawns from behind, as that often makes them immune from capture by the enemy ... | Read More

    • The Endgame Tactician: Seven Rules of Knight Endings

      1. Botvinnik's Rule: Knight Endings are Pawn Endings - The techniques that win in a pawn ending (breakthroughs, shouldering, zugzwang, outside pawns) also work in knight endings. Imagine the knights gone and ask what the winning plan is--80% o... | Read More

    • The Endgame Tactician: Nikolic-Vaganian, 2006

      A recent knight vs knight endgame between two super-GMs. According to Botvinnik's Rule, a draw is likely; but this position certainly has some play.    [Note: Add 23 to the diagram's move numbers--chess.com misnumbered them.] &n... | Read More