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  • 3 hours ago


    Great video series, thanks!

  • 8 days ago


    Very instructive!  Thank you, IM Rensch!:) 


    Note to anybody who came straight to this video knowing NOTHING about endgames like me,  if you feel confused, I recommend watching Pawn Endgames series by IM Zierk first, and then come back to this IM Rensch's series.  I watched the whole Pawn Endgames series twice and then came back to this series and now I'm able to follow what's being taught :)  Good luck!     

  • 6 weeks ago


    While testing this possition against a 3rd party computer, I came across a rather interesting move for black.

    If after 1:Re2+,Kd6 2:Re4,Rg1 3:Kf7,Rf1+ 4:Kg6,Rg1+ 5:Kf6 ..,Kd5 is played, white's idea of Re7 will no longer work. In this case, white should instead play 6:Re5+, and after 6..,Kd4 white plays 7:Rg5 which is winning for white, because, after 7..,Rf1+ white has 8:Kg6

    These videos are amazing and I find myself to be extremely tempted to jump too far ahead and watch video after video. By analysing these positions over the board against a strong (computer) opponent, you tend to run in to these kind of tricky positions, which amplifies the abillity to remember and master these techniques/positions.

  • 6 weeks ago


    These are so important to know

  • 2 months ago


    Watching the series for my second time....Great stuff!

    Please be relevant, helpful & nice!

  • 3 months ago


    inspiresquare it is not a chess ingine it is the java play key positoin Vs computer link on this page. i have tryed it on many computer...

  • 3 months ago


    Mat.. it is not a draw.. any king v. king/rook played correctly is automatically winning.  Get a new chess engine is all I can say.

  • 3 months ago


  • 4 months ago


    I calculated 2. Kf8 instead of the bridge-spirited 2. Re4.  It seems to me to be winning as well after 2...Rf1+ 3.Ke8 Rg1 4. Re7 and then e.g. 4...Rg2 5. Kf8 Rf2+ 6. Rf7.  Perhaps black's "best" try is 1...Kd7 then?  

    On 1...Kd7 my plan doesn't work, since the e8 square is not available to the white king.  Can anyone tell me if I've goofed up on my 2.Kf8 line?  

    IM Rensch I promise I'll learn 2.Re4 anyway!

  • 7 months ago

    IM DanielRensch

    Thanks everyone. Flattered Embarassed

  • 8 months ago


    18:40 Ha ha, "You're a dummy if you move here...".

  • 9 months ago


    Thanks for teaching me the Lucena and Philidor Endgame positions. I have been playing chess for many years and I never knew about them. Now I feel so enlightened. Chess is not so willy nilly. It is more precise ... like the Laws of Algebra! Be Well! 

  • 10 months ago


    To learn the Lucena and the Philidor this way is a genuine treat.  IM Rensch does an excellent job introducing the positions, and showing how they are to be treated.  There is enough complexity in these videos, as well, that watching them even 3+ times is rewarding to get some of the nuances, and to get all that this is worth.

    Much appreciated.

  • 11 months ago


    OK, so Bubatz is right about waiting move ay 8.10.

    But, what do yo do in case of such waiting move?

  • 12 months ago


    Thanks again International Master Rensch.

  • 12 months ago


    another essential video - thanks very much, I really appreciate them!!

  • 12 months ago


    Thanks for the chess lesson

  • 13 months ago


    you have amazing progress to back your teaching methods


    My plan is to enjoy and study all your videos intensively and puzzle around with them myself and see where I end in a year or so. :) Thank you for your dedication to chess.com. Already this first video presents a few traps if you play it around a bit against a strong chess program. Also good to know the traps if you want to try and catch a ½ point in a theoretically lost game for your team (Here in denmark we play in teams 8vs8 or 4vs4 and add scores together. So every ½ point counts)

    8:10 is a the cookie mistake you put =) After Rxg7 king is overheated. Instead white should play checks at Re6 getting safe access to the winning move Rg5. Very promising that this can save ½ points since a player with 2448 rating (Danny may 2009) can fall into "traps" in an educational video of his own. Then who cant do it in timepressure in amateur games if they dont have the lucena on the backbone?

    If anyone wants to join me as study buddy or just online friend to exchange experiences with on this journey to honor Daniels comprehensive work, feel free to mail me at chess.com :) cheers guys and girls

  • 13 months ago


    i learned alot 

  • 13 months ago


    nice dude

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