End Game Thoughts

End Game Thoughts

Jun 23, 2017, 7:26 AM |

My initial chess relearning plan has been simple:

1.  Try to not be stupid

2.  See above

But simple is not the same thing as easy.

I've made a point of not studying openings, but rather trying to remember "Opening Principles" and just playing according to those principles.  I'm going to go back and see which chess openings I've been playing  the most as both White and as Black and see what the Analysis Engine tells me.

Once I have that information I'll work on the Opening Theory and have some book moves.  Possibly even an opening repertoire.   

I may write a book:  E4, Best By Guess.

(apologies to the estate of Bobby Fischer.)


But what I'm noticing is that none of the people who play at my level (elo: Bad) know how to play an endgame.  That includes me.

I can get the game through the Middle Phase where I'm okay with trading pieces to open up the position.   But then it gets down to Rooks and Pawns or King and Knight and Pawns  and I feel like I'm a corgi trying to chase ducks across a field.


Pawn Swarm

I'm going to take a guess that there are actual study materials available which will help make the end game less of a hit or miss affair.

In a couple of weeks I'll be availing myself of them.