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Advanced Endgames

Advanced Endgames

Start winning in the endgame! 

If you have ever felt lost or without a plan in an endgame, you are not alone. Almost every chess player struggles with the endgame until they learn the important endgame principles in this course! By understanding these advanced endgame ideas you will start winning your endgames!

Here is what you will learn:

  • How to feel comfortable with less material on the board
  • King opposition and how to win king and pawn endgames
  • Common rook and pawn endgame swindles
  • How to play opposite-colored bishop endgames
  • Zugzwang!
  • Endgame Principles

    Master basic endgame principles and gain the upper hand once most pieces are captured. An important principle is to stay calm to avoid counterplay. You're only playing for one point. There's no extra prize for winning quickly.

    • 11 min
    • 5 sfida
  • Common Rook Endgames

    A rook endgame is one of the most common ways a game can end. It's important to keep the rook as active as possible and have it work well together with your king. Rooks are not particularly effective at stopping passed pawns. In endgames with king and...

    • 10 min
    • 5 sfida
  • King Opposition

    A key endgame technique is the opposition. This is when the two kings oppose each other one square between them. Whichever side has the move has a disadvantage because the king must move out of the way. Often the opposition is the difference between winning...

    • 8 min
    • 5 sfida
  • Zugzwang

    In chess you can't skip your turn, which means sometimes you can reach a position where someone must make a disadvantageous move. This situation is called zugzwang. Forcing zugzwang is an important technique to winning endgames, and can be used in the...

    • 5 min
    • 5 sfida
  • Opposite Colored Bishops in the Endgame

    In the middlegame opposite colored bishops give each side an extra attacker. In endgames, opposite colored bishops greatly increase drawing opportunities. One bishop can blockade all squares on a diagonal and the opposing bishop can't help.

    • 4 min
    • 5 sfida
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