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likesforests, the Endgame Strategist


    • The Endgame Tactician: Rook Pawns & Bishop Pawn Endgame

      Positions we cannot grasp are exactly those we must strive to understand. I assembled the top 25 such endgames and will highlight the errors.1. Alekhine-Tartakower, Hamburg 1910 1-02. Czerniak-Villegas, Mar De Plata 1943 1-0In his better days Beni... | Read More

    • The Endgame Tactician: A tricky pawn endgame.

      While studying possible variations of the game Burmakin-Schmittdiel, Oberwart 2002 I happened across the following pawn endgame:Black to move. How could he have drawn this position?Attempts:Takchess took a stab at it. 1..Kf7 2.h5 h6 3.Ke5 Ke7 4.f5... | Read More

    • The Endgame Tactician: Chekhover, 1938

      Vitaly Chekhover was a master on knight endings. He once wrote an entire book on the subject with the help of Yuri Averbakh.Black to move. In this composition, immediately pushing the f- or h-pawns obviously leads to failure. What's less obvio... | Read More

    • The Endgame Tactician: Knight vs Pawn

      Wednesday, September 05, 2007 Knight vs Pawn If the knight is able to occupy or threaten any square in the pawn's path, except a corner squ... | Read More

    • The Endgame Tactician: King & Pawn vs King

      King vs King & Pawn is a simple ending, so why am I covering it? Some fellow bloggers are just learning it. Also, some players rely completely on maxims such as:"In K vs. K+P endings move the defending King straight back and straight in f... | Read More

    • Final Moves #2: Your Guide to Endgames

      "The Curse of the Rook Pawn" Update 8/17/2008: Repaired images and diagrams. You may have to reload this page 1-2 times to get all 8 interactive diagrams to appear. Every Wednesday, visit my column to learn a new endgame. ... | Read More

    • 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... | Read More