Endgame incompetence!

 When the board is thick with pieces, I usually know what to do; it is simple for me. But as the armies are decimated, I become confused and lost. This pattern has occured in many of my past games, but my performance in the Chicago Open was truly a tour de force of poor endgame technique. In three games, I had a huge advantage in a position with two pieces (excluding kings, pawns) per side. In each, I gradually squandered it away to nothing (while I still made a small rating increase somehow). For the last one I have the excuse of time trouble but I don't for the other two!



  • 3 years ago

    NM Petrosianic

    went through some games in the chicago opoen, never saw so many endgame blunders.  ok, your blunder against friedel was very unfortunate to make but yours were far from the worst!

    start approx move 66

    was also interesting

  • 3 years ago


    I don't understand how the last game is a draw.

  • 3 years ago


    In the last game, 52.Rxh6 Nxe5, 53.Rh5+ Kf4 loses outright, after either 54.dxe5 d4 or 54.Rxe5 Rh8+, 55.Rh5 Rxh5+, 56.Kxh5 Kxf3. 

  • 3 years ago


    on last diagram at move 52. Isn't Rxh5 stronger?

    52. Rxh6 Nxe5 Rh4+

    and the king has to go up, is that a winning line or can black struggle through for a draw?

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