World of the End

  • WGM lexiel
  • | May 21, 2014

Every year in May, in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Chess Union of Bosnia and Herzegovina is organizing Individual national Youth and Junior Championship. This year organizer made event in Tuzla, nice city with chess tradition. By our rules in each category can take part maximally 10 players which successfully passed regional championship.

As arbiter there, during more than 5 full hours in playing hall, in last minutes I saw some very interesting games – this moment when arbiter must to watch chess clock on last seconds, moves made in nervous to make point or lose… Amazing conclusion is how young players are spending so much time trying to remember the most modern opening lines, and in same period how they forget about endgames almost at all.

As a chess coach who is working in Bosnia and Herzegovina last 10 years, a lot of participants worked with me in one period of their chess carrier. The main impression for me was how simple positions are so complicated to them and how without knowing the basics in endgames points are lost easily.

Trying to convince one young chess player to learn endgames is harder than to tell them that they must to live one week without internet connection. I still remember how I spend in my teenage years 8 months just to learn some basics endings, and after I broke mind and completely patience of my coach in that time, I finally made it. Result of our suffering was quite interesting – after few months I become champion in girls U20 with mine 14 years.

Endgames are still sore spot for a lot of chess players – from youth kids till strong grandmaster, just in different form – one are occupied with basics and other are about complicated.

First of all, I will show to you one game, which was played U12 open, and guy who had black must to score point for 1st place.

Second, this position is from game of two kids U8 open: 

Yes, I know, you will agree that it is expected from youth ones to don’t know how to play well. But, these 2 upper games bring me to time when I was patzer about chess endings, and when I believed that the most important part of chess game is tactical play, because if I have piece up, I know how to make realization, otherwise I will give some nice and beautiful check-mate to mine opponent. This kind of thinking is working in very young categories, so from one side I can understood this small guys which are unlike to learn endgames. During one tournament, what make me kind of “sad” to see in games are underneath positions. 

And one more interesting position:

As conclusion, there isn’t some great difference in understanding chess endgames between U8 and U20 kids (sorry, I know that some of them will say that 20 years old is not a kid, but I remember some of this guys from my school and 2009, so for me, they are Laughing), main difference that U20 will not blunder some piece and that they will make less principal blunders in some classical endgame.


  • 19 months ago


    Wow!!Please be relevant, helpful & nice!

  • 19 months ago


    Champion at 14! What are you doing now? Have you lost appetite? You seem very pleasing!Please be relevant, helpful & nice!

  • 2 years ago


    Innocent its nice and very important chapter in chess

  • 2 years ago


    It's a natural process. At first, you never get a roughly equal endgame where endgame knowledge will help you win. You win tactically in the middlegame. 

    Then, you start getting into roughly equal endgames and start losing them. 

    Then, and only then, you realize you need to learn endgames. 

  • 2 years ago


    I loved and will remember: "Trying to convince one young chess player to learn endgames is harder than to tell them that they must to live one week without internet connection."

    Thanks for the great article!

  • 2 years ago


    FM Lexys,

    Agreed, studying endgames is important. Equally important is training to calculate to one's full potential.

  • 2 years ago


    agree !

  • 2 years ago


    I love the title of this article.  Knowing Endgames prevents a player from wasting points.

  • 2 years ago


    No, erik.  You're cool.

  • 2 years ago


    Kinda sweet the way you approached this topic - keep up the good work my friend ! :-)

  • 2 years ago


    very cool

  • 2 years ago


    Good analysis.

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  • 2 years ago

    NM Petrosianic

    very good analysis :-).  endgames are... fun to watch in the games of aspiring players.  Innocent

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