The road to ELO 2000: A very instructive draw.

Mar 16, 2011, 7:38 AM |

Okay, I admit. Like most chess players, I do not study endgames. Why? I don't know. Tongue out

Most GM"s would readily tell us that endgame understanding is the key to chess improvement. Take Magnus Carlsen, the current world no 1. He's always willing to grind out a victory in the endgame despite the position being 'theoretically' drawn. The truth is, most endgames require a great level of accuracy, and it's where most people error in terms of where to move the pieces, hence it's a fertile ground for mistakes and exploitation.

A good analogy here would be to compare endgame study to training set-pieces in soccer. Both can make the difference between a win and a draw.

Below is a game I just played illustrating the above pointers. Kudos to my Serbian opponent, who remained tenacious throughout the endgame despite being a pawn down.

Just a quick note: What I love about Chess is that it's has such a global following. I must say that having your national flag beside your name is such a great touch. Cheers.