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Danny, would you help me understand 20:00 into the video why Qf1 is winning? I am thinking black could play a2, then a1, forcing the queen to capture on a1, then black plays Kg2, and white's king is too far away, causing a draw with best play by black.
Great vid Danny. Sure i'll use the technique lots.
Just to comment on the solution in the comments by Dark_N_Stormy_Knight. I think you're missing that the king can go to g1 instead of h1 to avoid that mate, so it would still be a draw.
Thanks for another very useful video, Daniel. I studied this theme in a book about the endgame, but seeing it presented in a video was very useful (a book doesn't talk).
Hear is a solution, I think, to the forced draw problem at 14:31.
Here is yet another solution to the last problem. I've got to work out some memnonics to remember all this stuff.
Magic squares are sweet. Your vids are neat. Hey that rhymes... I'm a poet and I didn 't know it. Rock on like Donkey Kong!
Great video! thanks.
Thanks Danny, great video.
Great video... the tricks were pretty cool
thanx , very good video !
Brilliant video! I already knew the basics of queen vs. pawns endings, but I didn't know the tricks! Very instructive! Thank you very much!
"The magic pawn is the one directly behind the pawn."? The misspeak wouldn't be so funny if Danny hadn't led in with "drumroll!"
good vid ty. Very informative, easy to follow and at a level almost all players will understand
I'm ashamed I timed out in a bullet game with this position me with the queen. I didn't know by heart the technique so I lost on time. It was a rook pawn too.
by IM Daniel Rensch
International Master Rensch brings us a video full of magic! No, seriously this is just a fundamental technique that is necessary for every chess player's growth and endgame understanding... Many equal endings come down to "a race to see who queens first" -- BUT what happens if you queen your pawn and don't know how to stop your opponent from doing the same? Find out now!
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IM Daniel Rensch
With numerous "scholastic chess accomplishments" to boast of, both as a player and a coach, Danny has been a "chess professional" since his early teens. He was ranked in the Top 10 for his age in the U.S. every year from the age of 12 - 21years old, and at one point he was the highest rated 19-year old in the country. He earned the IM title at age 23. A part owner and full time Staff Member for Chess.com LLC, Danny is our Vice President of Content and Professional Operations, managing the products and "team of contributors" you enjoy here, as well as for our scholastic extension site, ChessKid.com.
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