Archive for the 'Endgame Lab' Category

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]https://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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