Why are masters so bad at endings?

JossieCalderon
The other day I witnessed a National Master fail to checkmate using a queen vs rook: See here. https://www.instagram.com/p/Bo6hCsHn4bX/ I witnessed some of the worst technique known to man by a 2200+ player. It's clear he didn't know Philidor's position. Just because it's blitz does not justify the poor play. Anyone who knows king and pawn endings, for example, can quickly promote in a kp vs. k situation. And this is with two second increment. How can masters be so bad at endings? This is embarassing.
IMBacon

Clarify your question.

Are you asking: "Why are Masters so bad at endings?" or "Why is this particular Master so bad at endings?"

glamdring27

Clearly he's good at other aspect of the game to compensate,  Not every player of the same rating has the same level of skills in all areas.

stiggling

Pawnless Q vs R is pretty hard if they put up good defense. I've done it a few times vs a computer and once vs a human but it's never easy and I've failed lots of times.

 

As for blitz it's hard to say. Sometimes people are just fooling around, or are playing while tired, sick, etc. In a long tournament game I watched a master screw up the philidor rook draw, but he knew the other more difficult defenses, so he still drew the game. Of course he knew the philidor rook draw but at the end of the 4 hour game he was tired and messed it up.

Daniel1115

Just because they are a national master means they have to be a god at all endings. Queen vs rook is very rare and blitz make it all harder.

ghost_of_pushwood

Sure blitz justifies poor play (or at least explains it).  What an asinine topic.

stiggling
JossieCalderon wrote:
I witnessed some of the worst technique known to man
Just because it's blitz does not justify the poor play.

Then you must be a literal retard.

"blitz is no excuse"

"worst I've ever witnessed"

https://www.chess.com/live/game/3148557354?username=jossiecalderon

 

JossieCalderon wrote:
This is embarassing.

You're right, but not for the reasons you think.

d0gofch3ss
JossieCalderon wrote:
The other day I witnessed a National Master fail to checkmate using a queen vs rook: See here. https://www.instagram.com/p/Bo6hCsHn4bX/ I witnessed some of the worst technique known to man by a 2200+ player. It's clear he didn't know Philidor's position. Just because it's blitz does not justify the poor play. Anyone who knows king and pawn endings, for example, can quickly promote in a kp vs. k situation. And this is with two second increment. How can masters be so bad at endings? This is embarassing.

If you're so good, why aren't you a master? Firstly, blitz is most definitely an excuse, and your generalisation about all masters is utter crap.

pfren
Normal time control:
 

 

Rapid:

 

You can add here plenty of other examples.

If you think that bringing up Philidor's position is easy (especially at fast time controls), then think again.

OpeningTheorist

Simple answer: they are not!