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Loek's Endgame Strategy

Loek's Endgame Strategy

Eight-time Dutch Champion, Loek van Wely is here to teach us not about the Philidor position or how to mate with bishop and knight, but how to approach endgames in general. He draws on his own games ("so you can learn from my mistakes!") to tackle fundamentals such as calculation and decision-making in the endgame, but also gives practical advice on topics that include "exhausting your opponent".

Decision Making In The Endgame | Part 1: Rook Endgames

Grandmaster Loek van Wely uses examples from his own career to show us how to take better decisions in the final stage of the game.
31 min
5 Challenges

Decision Making In The Endgame | Part 2

In Part 2 of his thoughts on decision making in the endgame, Loek shows us more examples from different endgames.
72 min
5 Challenges

Counterchances

Never give up, never surrender! Loek teaches us to look for opportunities to fight back, taking as one of his examples how Anish Giri rescued a draw against him in Wijk aan Zee in 2012.
35 min
5 Challenges

Endgame Tricks

A sharp eye for tactics is very useful in the final stage of the game as well!
35 min
5 Challenges

Exhausting Your Opponent

Hope you guys aren't exhausted yet, unlike some of Loek's opponents.
30 min
5 Challenges

Still Exhausting Your Opponent

As you can see, exhausting your opponent is an almost inexhaustible topic.
30 min
5 Challenges

Improving On The Main Line

The most obvious line is not always the best. Find out how to look for points where we can refine our main line once we've seen it.
32 min
5 Challenges

Two Bishops

What's so good about the bishop pair? In this final video Loek explains all while talking about his win over Hrvoje Stevic in the 2017 French Team Championship.
32 min
5 Challenges

Loek's Endgame Strategy

Endgames
8 Lessons
297 Minutes
40 Challenges
Released December 19, 2023
3,194 Students