Game analysis #9 - Running from a winning endgame

Game analysis #9 - Running from a winning endgame

CM GaborHorvath

This is a game from userfriendly2, who posted it on the forum, asking for help with the analysis. I think the game is quite instructive, and White's mistakes are rather typical, so I decided to write a post about it. I added my comments to userfriendly2's in the annotation. I hope you will find it interesting. 

This is the training position mentioned in the analysis, with an extra white pawn on f5, which protects the white king from any rook checks. Nevertheless, Black still wins easily, as the combined attack of the black queen and bishop is too much for the lonely white king.

Of course, it is impossible to draw a definite conclusion based on one game only, but I strongly suspect that userfriendly2 is struggling with the following problems (which are both very common, by the way):

  • Like so many players, he is probably afraid of endgames, so he subconsciously tries to avoid them. (I know how it is, I have been there. )
  • In complicated positions, he gets lost in details, and forgets about the principles, trying to decide everything based on pure calculation. 

I hope you enjoyed the post. If you have played an interesting game recently and would like to get some help with the analysis, you can send it to me or just post in the comments with your own notes.

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