The Endgame Tactician: Queen vs Bishop

The Endgame Tactician: Queen vs Bishop

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Oct 9, 2007

This article may be too simple for some readers, but in my Bishop and Pawn vs Bishop and Centurini Position articles I frequently said Q vs B is an easy win. Then I witnessed this tragicomedy, and thought maybe I should offer a couple tips!  ...

The Endgame Tactician: Centurini Positions

The Endgame Tactician: Centurini Positions

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Oct 8, 2007

A Centurini Position is one where one of the two diagonals in front of the pawn is less than four squares in length. These are almost always won.       In this lesson we'll consider three Centurini Positions of increasing diffic...

The Endgame Tactician: B+N+P vs B+2P

The Endgame Tactician: B+N+P vs B+2P

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Oct 5, 2007

This ending is a great example of how a bishop, knight, and king can work together. It's shamelessly stolen from Analysis on The ENDGAME by ugralitan, but his article didn't cover these lines. I hope you will find this annotated game enjoy...

The Endgame Tactician: Week in Review, Sep 28

The Endgame Tactician: Week in Review, Sep 28

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Sep 28, 2007

Rook and Pawn vs Rook endings are the most common ending in practice, and they're more complex than most players realize. Rook Endings - [External] An introduction to Lucena and Philidor. Lucena, not so simple? - An average player believes he...

The Endgame Tactician: Not Quite Lucena III

The Endgame Tactician: Not Quite Lucena III

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Sep 26, 2007

Not Quite Lucena positions feature the attacker's pawn on the sixth rank with his king in front of the pawn and are quite common in practice. This is the final article in my series on Lucena. You may want to read through the earlier ones here,...

The Endgame Tactician: Not Quite Lucena II

The Endgame Tactician: Not Quite Lucena II

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Sep 25, 2007

Not Quite Lucena positions feature the attacker's pawn on the sixth rank with his king in front of the pawn... they're quite common in practice. If you haven't already, I recommend reading my last two articles, Lucena I and Lucena II, ...

The Endgame Tactician: Not Quite Lucena

The Endgame Tactician: Not Quite Lucena

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Sep 24, 2007

An interesting position, very similar to Lucena, is when the attacker's pawn is on the sixth rank with his king in front of it. If Black plays carefully and checks from the side he can draw, but in practice the defender mucks it up 80% of the ...

The Endgame Tactician: Lucena, not so simple?

The Endgame Tactician: Lucena, not so simple?

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Sep 24, 2007

Lucena is the most important position in Rook & Pawn vs Rook endings, so why do most books use only one or two diagrams to explain it? Let's begin with a quiz. White to move. If you had the White pieces, which of the above positions could ...

The Endgame Tactician: Rook vs Pawns

The Endgame Tactician: Rook vs Pawns

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Sep 16, 2007

I've been studying Rook vs Pawn endings. Would you guess, in 54% of games the pawn suffices for a draw?! Read on to learn the secrets. 1. The Force FieldIn the simplest case, you prevent the enemy king from accompanying his pawn. If his pawn a...

The Endgame Tactician: loomis, 28.Aug.2006

The Endgame Tactician: loomis, 28.Aug.2006

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Sep 14, 2007

White to move. I'm a thief, and I'll admit it. Loomis posted this excellent position in his blog entry a year ago, and now I'm covering it here (with permission):First, the easy part. White can blockade the queenside pawns with his kni...

The Endgame Tactician: Knight vs Blocked Pawns II

The Endgame Tactician: Knight vs Blocked Pawns II

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Sep 13, 2007

To master an endgame, you must learn the general rules and you must practice them. We did the first step in Knight vs Blocked Pawns. Now we tackle the second step.White to move. Dvoretsky, 2000. With our newfound knowledge, this position is too si...

The Endgame Tactician: Knight vs Blocked Pawns

The Endgame Tactician: Knight vs Blocked Pawns

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Sep 13, 2007

loomis recently noticed that my Seven Rules of Knight Endings was missing the important situation of blocked pawns. This post corrects that. Knights should defend passed pawns from behind, as that often makes them immune from capture by the enemy ...

The Endgame Tactician: A tricky pawn endgame.

The Endgame Tactician: A tricky pawn endgame.

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Sep 7, 2007

While studying possible variations of the game Burmakin-Schmittdiel, Oberwart 2002 I happened across the following pawn endgame:Black to move. How could he have drawn this position?Attempts:Takchess took a stab at it. 1..Kf7 2.h5 h6 3.Ke5 Ke7 4.f5...

The Endgame Tactician: Chekhover, 1938

The Endgame Tactician: Chekhover, 1938

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Sep 6, 2007

Vitaly Chekhover was a master on knight endings. He once wrote an entire book on the subject with the help of Yuri Averbakh.Black to move. In this composition, immediately pushing the f- or h-pawns obviously leads to failure. What's less obvio...

The Endgame Tactician: King & Pawn vs King

The Endgame Tactician: King & Pawn vs King

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Sep 4, 2007

King vs King & Pawn is a simple ending, so why am I covering it? Some fellow bloggers are just learning it. Also, some players rely completely on maxims such as:"In K vs. K+P endings move the defending King straight back and straight in f...

Final Moves #2: Your Guide to Endgames

Final Moves #2: Your Guide to Endgames

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Jun 13, 2007

"The Curse of the Rook Pawn" Update 8/17/2008: Repaired images and diagrams. You may have to reload this page 1-2 times to get all 8 interactive diagrams to appear. Every Wednesday, visit my column to learn a new endgame. ...

Final Moves #1: Your Guide to Endgames

Final Moves #1: Your Guide to Endgames

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Jun 5, 2007

"The Square of the Passed Pawn" Every Wednesday, visit my column to learn a new endgame. See what happens to players who don't know the secret I'm about to share with you? Suppose you have a passed pawn that you want to promote...

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