Ending Studies with Stacia!  #1 KG Rook Ending

Ending Studies with Stacia! #1 KG Rook Ending

MidnasLament
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Hello, Stacia here!  

How many times have you entered into endings in time pressure and realize you have no idea what you are doing?  Well, unfortunately, that's way too many times for me so I'm seeking to remedy that situation.  And maybe I can help you do the same?

Enjoy the following themes in this study:

  1. Evaluating Ending Plans
  2. Identifying Weaknesses
  3. Dream Squares for the King
  4. Checking Your Checks
  5. End Game Themed Pawn Sacrifice

So join me in my first ending study from a training method I am calling the FEN Gauntlet.  What is the FEN Gauntlet?  Well, when I encounter a position in a blitz or rapid game and realize I don't feel I understand what's really going on I capture the FEN and then play training games against the computer from both sides.  In this way we learn new things about the types of positions we need to learn and it will (in theory) enhance our ability to quickly assess and play out these types of position in future games.  I had so much fun doing this and learned some cool ideas so I thought I would share.    

And yes strong players, I'd love to hear your thoughts!  The computer is great at showing me how it can kick my tail, but not so great at explaining to me what ideas it is executing.  Any help is appreciated.

So here we go!  The following is a training game I played against Computer Level 10 on chess.com in a rook ending that resulted from a King's Gambit. Now you could just watch the video if you like, but I would encourage you to answer the following questions:

  1. What is your assessment?  Who is better (if anyone) and why?
  2. What are the plans for white?
  3. What are the plans for black?  

Thoughts in the pgn but full analysis is computer checked in the video!  

I hope you enjoyed and learned something with me!

-Stacia

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