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play4fun64

I like to share how I study endgame using database. For example, if I want to study KR + 4P vs kr + 3p where all the pawns are on the kingside e, f, g, h file, I do the following search method.




play4fun64

Clicking Sarana - Gordievsky

tupacisback305

Do you do that on your phone from the chess.com app or on your computer?

play4fun64

I do on phone with SCID on the GO. The procedure in PC of Searching is similar with SCID vs PC, Chessbase and Fritz GUI

tupacisback305

That's cool, thanks for sharing!

play4fun64

You're welcome 😎

putshort
Endgames are boring
play4fun64

True. That's why I search for better ways than reading endgame books. This method is "less boring".

play4fun64

Another example. KQ vs kr

play4fun64

KeSetoKaiba

This is an interesting idea, but I don't think this would be any more beneficial than regular practice against a computer such as the chess.com drills. Using the database for endgame study sounds helpful, but I believe that these endings will be easier to convert by studying pawn structure (since these usually trade into King and pawn endgames). I like Kmoch's book, Pawn Power In Chess, but I know Silman is a great chess author too (I just haven't read any of Silman's endgame books, but I've heard good things).

play4fun64

Pawn endgame can be studied too. Just place the pawns on what files to be studied. Chess Informants don't have human language annotations and considered the top chess instructions materials before the internet.

KeSetoKaiba
play4fun64 wrote:

Pawn endgame can be studied too. Just place the pawns on what files to be studied...

Yeah, I understood that. Practicing like this (even if from a famous game in a database) feels like little more than trial and error. Play, analyze for improvements, repeat. That is a good method, but studying the nuances in human words before doing these are most useful. Endgames study with a database sounds really beneficial after the fundamentals and repetition of ideas has been introduced.

play4fun64

Combination of book and database is best. The book has little examples.