Archive for the 'Endgame Lab' Category

Theophilus Augustus Thompson Theophilus Thompson has appeared on this website many, many times. He is a legend in the annals of chess history, not only as a pioneer in the worldwide Black community, but as one who blazed the trail in chess composition. A couple of months ago I received good news out of California […]

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A Saving Grace?? There are a number of endings that look totally hopeless and many times, endings come down to the strength of the pawns. In the following position, the lone white bishop is trying to stop three healthy, connected passed pawns. Ironically, if the black pawns were weaker and scattered apart, black would still […]

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Battle of Kings! After this pawn ending we will move onto other themes. Ending with few pieces on the board are often the hardest because a slight mistake results in the loss of a half- or full-point. In this position white has a chance to win this position, however there are subtleties and care must […]

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“It should be noted that current opening variations come and go, and the evaluation of certain positions change. But the value of knowing how to play endgames well remains constant.” ~ANATOLY KARPOV, Former World Champion~ * * * Here is a common ending that may look easy, but it has some subtleties. White is a […]

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Theophilus Thompson Dr. Steven Dowd sent this piece earlier in the year as a follow-up to his instructive “Anticipation” essay he did on Theophilus Thompson. These two stories “sandwiched” Neil Brennen’s work on Thompson and adds to the intrigue of this pioneer of American chess history. Of course he is more of a pioneer to […]

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Five years ago, there were a series of endings offered at The Chess Drum. We will restart this exercise with some basic endings and elevate to more complicated endings. A practical chance to save a losing position. Can you find the drawing sequence? White to play and draw!

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Anticipation by Dr. Steven B. Dowd Take a few minutes to examine the three diagrams below. What is the common thread here? No.1 No.2 No.3 First of all, let’s assign author and date to the first diagram. No. 1 is by Wladimir P. Klipatschow and won a special honor in the 2006 Scheltonoschko-64 Birthday Tourney. […]

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I was at the Touch Move Chess Center when one of the attendees grabbed me and challenged me to this problem. See if you can solve it! White to play and mate in three!

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Michael Adams – Judit Polgar (after 27…Kxe8) The position occurred at 2008 Corus “A” between Michael Adams (England) and Judit Polgar (Hungary) after only 27 moves. White has just traded rooks on e8 with 27.Rxe8+ and black played 27…Kxe8. White to play here. What are the respective plans? Who’s better?

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Endgame Laboratory #9

A practical ending with a few subtleties. White to play and win!

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Black to play and win!

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Two of them this time! Problem #1: This one is not easy. The solution requires one to be alert. Endgames are the hardest of all types of puzzles because much of it is brute calculation and you cannot make any mistakes. I don’t expect Kimani Stancil will be solving this one in five minutes! White to play […]

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Ending Laboratory (Rook)

Since we have seen a couple of nice rook endings in Euwe tournament, let’s see if you can solve this well-known ending. Study by Troitsky. Black to play and win!

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Fischer-Taimanov, 1971 Following is a beautiful ending played in Bobby Fischer-Mark Taimanov match in 1971 in Vancouver, Canada. Of course, Fischer crushed Taimanov 6-0 and here he shows his superior technique in the ending.  Sit back and enjoy! [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eAW16O4fLIQ[/youtube]

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Ending Laboratory (Rook)

Zambia’s FM Nase Lungu had a stellar tournament at the 9th All-Africa Games. He is a veteran who has represented his country in Olympiad tournaments for almost 20 years. In the position below, Lungu holds five menacing pawns against a lone rook. We are taught that five pawns equals a rook, but in the endings, pawns far outweigh the […]

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  “It should be noted that current opening variations come and go, and the evaluation of certain positions change, but the value of knowing how to play endgames well remains constant.” ~ANATOLY KARPOV, Former World Champion~  When I was an up-and-coming junior player, I basically studied openings… all day long. I paid little attention to the […]

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I don’t usually show too many of my games on The Chess Drum, but this one had a unique lesson. I remember a book by GM John Nunn called Secrets of Pawnless Endings. It had some amazing tactics in pieceless endings. There is nothing worse than missing a nice tactic to finish a game. I had two […]

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  “It should be noted that current opening variations come and go, and the evaluation of certain positions change, but the value of knowing how to play endgames well remains constant.” ~ANATOLY KARPOV, Former World Champion~ It’s always a good idea to go over basic endings before a tournament. You can saving losing positions and win […]

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