Mastery: Endgames

Mikhail Tal's Best Endgames

Mikhail Tal's Best Endgames

Join endgame specialist, GM Alex Yermolinsky as he demonstrates three of the best endgames played by World Champion Mikhail Tal. Tal was known as an brilliant attacker, but was equally adept at converting small advantages in the endgame and played them with his typical attacking style. Enjoy!

  • Bishop Vs. Knight

    GM Yermo takes a look at the best endgames from one of the most inspirational chess players ever, Mikhail Tal. In this lesson, see how Tal masterfully handled a tricky bishop-vs-knight endgame — a topic applicable not only to grandmasters but players of every level.

    • 19 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Pure Magic

    GM Yermolinsky is back with another look at the subtle genius of Mikhail Tal’s endgame play. While the great world champion was rightfully known for his ferocious and sacrificial attacks, he was also a master of the endgame, as Uncle Yermo explains in this lesson. Watch how Tal finesses a beautiful opposite-colored bishop endgame to secure the full point.

    • 16 min
    • 5 challenges
  • King Hunt

    Mikhail Tal is famous for his spectacular king hunts, but not all of them were in the middlegame. Sometimes the great master went after the opponent’s king even with most of the pieces cleared off the board — and he was no less deadly. GM Alex Yermolinsky delivers an endgame lesson to remind you that against Tal, your king was never safe.

    • 19 min
    • 5 challenges
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