Yes, you can become a chess master, here's how: part 8

Yes, you can become a chess master, here's how: part 8

NM Coach-Bill
Nov 17, 2014, 8:25 PM |

Last time, I left of with this position, and I offer the concluding moves as the game was quickly drawn.

The draw helped my team win the match, but there were some potential winning chances here for me.


My video lesson 001 teaches you improve by analyzing your games. By digging through this endgame, I found a line which may be theoretically won, or barely drawn. Hard to say without spending hours upon it, but it seems no risk for White while Black would have to dig in and prove he could draw.


Let's see what you can come up with to try for a win. Black's move  28...b5 was meant to secure c4 for his Bishop in order to pressure e2, but I easily stop this by trading Rooks. b5 becomes a weakness. Can you find a way to give Black a second weakness? I missed it thenwhich  seems to be because I just assumed the game would end in a draw. That's a very dangerous state of mind to be in. Many games are needlessly ruined when adopting this mindset.

A lot of players tell me they don't know how to analyze positins. I'll show a simple way to do this in my next installment. Meanwhile, go ahead and try your luck with this one. At what point White try for a win and how?