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Pawn Endgames Part I

Phoenix824
Dec 27, 2015, 7:42 AM 1

    Do you strugle with pawn endgames? If you do then  that means you are not calculating until the end or you are missing certain variations that are winning for your opponent. 

     Calculating is important in endgames in general. However it is the most important thing to do in pawn endgames. Before you go into a pawn endgame you always want to calculate the position from the beginning to the end. If you don't you could loose. Here's a demonstraion with white to move:

Now, I want you to take a minute and memorize the position. You will follow along in your head to improve your chess skills.

     The position you see above you is not complicated. As I told you before this endgame can be predicted from the beginning to the end. Though, unfortunatly there is not much to calculate. The black king is completly useless on offence thanks to white's pawns and though black has an extra pawn there are no pawn breaks. All black's king has to do is go from e7 to f6 constantly after the move Kd3. This is a definate draw after Ke7,Ke4,Kf6. This is no doubt a draw. (If this is too much for you, use a board)

     Wait! Slow down! If it was black to move things get interesting! Black cannot play Ke7 because then the white king will step into white's territory with the move Ke5 and white's pawns will drop and white will win. That's why black will have to give up a pawn instead of moving his king so instead of Ke7 black will play the move e5! Giving up a pawn to remain equal! Know if dxe5+ then Ke6 draws and if d5 it is met with d6! Giving up another pawn! This is a draw and could turn out to be a Queen vs Queen ending but that's not where we're getting.

     I hope you enjoyed this blog!

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