Pawn Endings and Benefits

Pawn Endings and Benefits

May 10, 2014, 9:26 AM |

Pawn endings are complex positions which require great amounts of calculation and precision. Furthermore they require some experience to become successful regarding them. Pawn endings are a very important piece of chess. As Cecil Purdy stated, “Pawn endings are to chess what putting is to golf.” Below is a pawn endgame example:

Pawn endings are very beneficial and can greatly help your game. I would like to list some benefits of pawn endings.

  1. Pawn endings can greatly improve one’s calculation.

  2. Pawn endings are also a great tool to improve one’s overall game. As former world champion Garry Kasparov stated, “When I was preparing for one term's work in the Botvinnik school I had to spend a lot of time on king and pawn endings. So when I came to a tricky position in my own games I knew the winning method.”

  3. Obviously studying pawn endgames can help you win pawn endgames.

  4. I believe that pawn endgames are ways to increase one’s stamina and patience on the chessboard due to the great amount of calculation.

  5. As I have seen in my own games pawn endgames help one think outside of the box just like the “strange” moves in pawn endgames.

  6. Pawn endgames rarely occur in actual games, but the lessons it teaches such as carefulness and preciseness cannot be overlooked. One mistake in a pawn ending can mean the difference between a win or draw.