The following exercises are for the students of KLA Chess Club, a title I, charter public school located in San Diego, CA. Chess is offered as an everyday class
We will be practicing some basic end game positions. By practicing the endgame, this will help:
1. Your overall chess knowledge and realize that the King isn't useless afterall.
2. Help develop a plan during your opening and middle game; If you are up material, it is often a good strategy to keep trading off pieces till eventually you can promote a pawn for an easy win.
Review: Opposition and Critical Squares
Do you remember what squares the King needs to get to in order to promote a pawn?
Below: Black to move. White should be able to advance.
What are the critical squares?
Now, Same position, but black to move. Black should be able to force a draw, if played correctly
1.Try the position below with a partner. WHITE TO MOVE. Remember the key is to get the King to the critical squares. Can you find the correct path?
2. If you promote the pawn, continue to put your opponent in checkmate using the King and Queen.