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Understanding Endgames

Understanding Endgames

Stop avoiding king and pawn endgames and start winning them!

Do you feel uncomfortable about the idea of playing technical endgames? Have you ever drawn or even lost a king and pawn endgame up a pawn or more? Then this is the course for you! By learning these endgame principles you will become more comfortable with less material on the board and will start aiming for certain types of endgames. Watch your rating grow as you start beating your opponents in the endgame!

Here is what you will learn:

  • How to use your king in endgames
  • The power of the passed pawns and how to create them
  • Exchanging material to reach a superior endgame
  • Pawn breakthroughs
  • Sacrificing in order to promote a pawn!
  • Passed Pawns

    Once most of the pieces have come off the board, focus on getting another queen. You can do that by making a passed pawn, a pawn with no opposing pawns that could ever block or capture it. Once you have a passed pawn it's easier to advance it to promote....

    • 2 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Escort the Pawn

    Your pawns can't always make it on their own, so use your king to help. Kings can't be on squares next to each other, so your king can effectively prevent the opposing king from blocking or capturing your passed pawn.

    • 4 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Sacrificing to Promote

    Is there a pawn blocking your path to promotion? Give up a pawn or even more to promote. In the endgame, promoting to a queen is the most important goal and sacrifices to accomplish it are worthwhile.

    • 3 min
    • 5 challenges
  • 3 v 3 Pawn Breakthrough

    Watch out for pawn moves, even sacrifices that can help you create a passed pawn. Often a pawn sacrifice or two can help you promote. Remember a new queen is worth much more than one or two pawns.

    • 3 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Exchanging Down to a Win

    You want to always have a good reason to make exchanges. One great reason to exchange pieces is when you are ahead in material. In that case trades will simplify the game and make it easier for you to convert your advantage into a win.

    • 3 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Rule of the Square

    Save yourself a lot of worry and calculation by learning this one simple endgame rule. You can imagine a line from the pawn diagonal towards the opponent's back rank. Then imagine lines from that square to the rank and the file that the pawn is on and...

    • 3 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Creating a Passed Pawn

    Gain the winning advantage by creating a passed pawn. Often you can make trades or sacrifices to create the passed pawn. Always keep an eye out for these opportunities.

    • 3 min
    • 5 challenges
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