The endgame is the part of the game when there are only a few pieces left on the board. Usually play revolves around one or both players trying to promote a pawn. Alternatives are the opening and middlegame tags.

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N vs. B ending, pawns on both sides

I had this position today, with White to play: [FEN "8/1p3kpp/p1n1p3/3p4/3P4/1P2B3/P2K1PPP/8 w - - 0 25"] What should White's plan be to try and win, and are there any particular pawn ...
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Why didn't Giri go for the pawns against Ding Liren (Tata Steel 2015)?

This game at move 69 - https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-tournaments/tataSteelMasters2015/9/1/3 [fen "8/2p5/1pBpK1k1/1P1P2N1/7r/8/8/8 w - - 0 1"] [White "Anish Giri"] [Black "Ding Liren"] [Event ...
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Can my King take? [duplicate]

ok so here is the issue I'm having... I am playing a correspondence game online and I came across a situation where I pinned my opponents rook against his King and in between his rook and my king is ...
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How to draw this rook and pawn vs. rook endgame?

According to endgame tablebases, this position is a draw: [fen "3r4/6R1/1kp5/8/8/8/5K2/8 w - - 1 61"] 1. Ke3 Kc5 2. Rg4 Kb5 3. Ke2 c5 4. Rg3 Kb4 5. Ke1 c4 6. Rg4 Kb3 7. Rg7 c3 8. Rb7+ Kc2 9. Rb4 ...
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Question about knight vs. 3 pawns endgame

In the following puzzle, 5. Kb6 is considered better than 5. Kc7. Doesn't Kc7 force Black to sacrifice his knight (sooner)? [FEN "8/3n4/8/1P3k2/1P6/4K2P/8/8 b - - 0 1"] 1... Nb6 2. Kd4 Ke6 3. Kc5 ...
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What are the hardest pawnless endgames that go over the 50-move rule?

I know two pawnless endgames that go over the 50-move rule. King and 2 Bishops vs. King and Knight = 70 moves average. King, Rook and Bishop vs. King and 2 Knights = 200 move average. What others ...
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Pawn Promotion Endgame Problem // White to move - mate in 1

So I have not been this interested in chess for a very long time indeed. This problem was posed to me by someone who has recently become experienced in chess and also participated in a chess ...
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Can Black save this Knight vs Bishop endgame with a pawn down?

After playing horribly in the opening, my opponent played a couple of suboptimal moves which suddenly allowed me to exchange some pieces and get the following unclear position. I thought about giving ...
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Suggestions for endgame training

I am an unrated player. I am looking for ways to improve my endgame. I am currently using: Dvoretsky's Endgame Manual Pandolfini's Endgame Course (I am personally finding the former to be tough. ...
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Is a King, Rook and Knight vs King and Knight end game generally a win for the player with the rook?

I ended up struggling quite a bit to finish off this position against a better player (I had the knight) and I'm pretty sure he did not play optimally. I've not found much info of this end game. Is a ...
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Best current player in the endgame? [closed]

In one interview, I do not remember when (please if someone knows give the link), Kramnik quoted that the best endgame player is Alexei Shirov... I think this interview was around year 2000. Obviously ...
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Can playing against Computer help?

I am a begineer level player on chess.com with rating around 1500. I play daily 2-3 games with 15|10 mins time control for each player. I find it difficult to get time to study chess books, and was ...
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Can K + N vs K force black into any corner?

Can white force this position [Title "KN vs K"] [FEN "8/8/8/8/8/8/5k1N/7K w - - 0 1"] into this position? [Title "KN vs K"] [FEN "k7/8/1K1N4/8/8/8/8/8 w - - 0 1"] Background: ...
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Can Black create the second weakness?

I have played blitz game on lichess as Black and entered into drawn bishop endgame. My opponent tried to force the matters and lost in the end but at some point very interesting position arose, where ...
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Can Black win this bishop endgame?

[Title "White to move"] [fen "8/p3k3/1p2b2p/2pBPpp1/7P/P1P1K1P1/2P5/8 w - - 0 1"] Computer played 1.c4?after which I played 1...Bxd5!and the pawn endgame was lost for White. I wonder if there was a ...
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Why did Polgar resign?

My question concerns the final position in the game Judit Polgar vs Garry Kasparov It (cat.19) (1996) · Sicilian Defense: Najdorf. Amsterdam Variation (B82) · 0-1 [White "Polgar"] [Black ...
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Carlsen-Anand, Game 2. Could Black hold if not for 34…h5?

At Black's 34th move in Game 2 of the Carlsen-Anand match, Anand blundered with 34...h5??. What were his chances for salvaging the draw if he had defended actively via, say, 34...Qd2 or 34...Qd4, ...
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What is “Rook Box” and its use?

When I once watched a chess game on television, one player use a trick named "Rook Box" to draw a game. I didn't understand its move and so, I want to know what is "Rook Box" in chess. I know it's a ...
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Does a typical pawn endgame from Classical Caro-Kann lead to a draw?

Below is example of a Caro-Kann endgame - Evelev - Epstein - with White having a pawn on h5, and both sides with majority on each side of the board. While the game below ended as a draw, I wonder if ...
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Is this assumption correct or not?

Take a look at this position: [FEN "4k3/pppppppp/8/8/8/8/PPPPPPPP/4K3 w - - 0 1"] This is a popular chess "tabiya" at our club. The young students play it quite often actually. I placed this ...
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Instructive chess positions (and famous games/studies containing these) that engines do not understand well

Basically, I would like to ask people to share their knowledge on famous and/or particularly instructive examples of chess positions, which chess engines do not understand well (i.e. do not evaluate ...
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How many positions are there in n-pieces endgame tablebases for different values of n? [duplicate]

Note that I don't want the exact values, I only need approximations. And I am only interested in small values of n (not more than 12).
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What is the smallest possible size of Nalimov endtables?

I have recently found the following place, where I can find the outcome for any 6-piece endgame with Nalimov endtables. I was surprised to see this, because I have recently read that set of tables ...
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Is this endgame won for white?

With the missing g and e pawns still on the board and a roughly symmetric position, I made a mistake that lead to 17 moves of what I think of as quite difficult defense, my opponent walked into the ...
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Second Troitzky line, where knight and pawn could be located?

I am trying to understand where the pieces should be located for the second Troitzky line (checkmate 2 knights vs a pawn in 50 moves limit) and fail to get it. So from wikipedia: Black's pawn is ...
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Is there an easy way to detect draw in King + Pawn vs King endgame?

I know the basics of opposition, but I am struggling to evaluate position for drawness in King + Pawn VS King endgame. A lot of time it is useful to know whether you should make an exchange. For ...
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Deep and accurate analysis required

In order to resurrect an old line in the Scandinavian defense I am forced to accept doubled pawns at the side where I have pawn majority. To make things even worse, I reach queenless middlegame, and ...
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Standard endgame chess positions which are helpful to learn

Is there a list of standard endgame chess positions which a player can benefit from learning? By this I mean that any player should know how to play KQ vs K, KR vs B, KP vs K (win if it winnable and ...
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Is this rook endgame won for white?

In Dvoretsky's Endgame Manual, 2nd Edition from 2006 the following important practical rook endgame with a distant passed pawn is analysed. The whole analysis (of the same position with white to move ...
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In Nakamura v. Friedel in 2009, (22. Bc1) why did Friedel resign?

After White's 22. Bc1, it seems like responding with Rd2 would keep the game alive for Black. I assume Friedel's a more insightful player than I am. What am I missing? That is, from an experienced ...
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Are isolated passed pawns good or bad?

I frequently face situations in the late middle game (perhaps only a one minor piece and a rook or two on each side, no queens) where I can force a position (via exchanges) where both players are ...
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Can Black draw this endgame?

I was playing this game just a few minutes before posting this, and tried to save the game by entering the following endgame: [Title "Black to move"] [StartFlipped "0"] [fen ...
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What levels should theoretical endings be learned at?

When I am introducing beginners to the game, I immediately teach them KQvK, KRvK and KPvK. I follow that up with KBBvK at around the 800 level. Are any resources on when one should learn/teach the ...
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Kraemer vs Bacrot, 2013. Is this same-color bishop endgame won for black?

In the game GM Martin Kraemer vs GM Etienne Bacrot, 2013, we reach the following endgame with black to move: 8/3b1pkp/6p1/8/p7/7P/1P2BPPK/8 b - - 0 40 [White "Martin Kraemer"] [Black "Etienne ...
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Checkmate with two knights?

Is it really possible to checkmate with two knights and king against a king? There is a mating position with this but no extra tempo to do it in real game. What are the explanations, why knights ...
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Is there a freely available online 7 piece Endgame tablebase?

The only 7 piece site I heard about is http://tb7.chessok.com/ , and upon registration I am able to setup various positions with 2-6 pieces . However as soon as I setup a position with 7 piece, I get ...
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endgame with single Bishop or single Knight?

If given the choice should I opt for an endgame with a single Bishop or a single Knight? I understand Bishops increase in value in the endgame but is the disadvantage of covering only half the squares ...
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How did I still lose with 1 piece advantage?

Throughout the game, I thought I had a positional and piece advantage, but I STILL LOST! What did I do wrong? (using Ruy Lopez btw) [FEN ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. Nc3 a6 5. Bxc6 ...
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What are the main strategic concepts in the Grunfeld?

I recently picked up on the Grunfeld and I am quite pleased with this opening. To improve my skill at playing this opening; What are the most important strategic/thematic concepts that I should ...
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Is this endgame a draw (hacked - TestViking)?

In my recent online blitz video, I got the following endgame with the black pieces. With white to move, the game went as follows [White "hacked"] [Black "TestViking"] [FEN ...
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Could Karjakin have grabbed on g5 at move 56 against Anand in the Candidates 2014?

After 55...Rb2, we got the following position in Karjakin - Anand (Candidates 2014, round 13). Well, how about Nxg5, does it work? [White "Karjakin"] [Black "Anand"] [FEN ...
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“Parity” of “insuficient mating material”

What is sufficient mating material? I found this question and must pose my own as a response. I you have a chess computer on easy (or the Kasparov Team Mate - anyone who has played one will know the ...
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Queenside vs Kingside pawn majority: Looking for comprehensive resources

I am looking for a resource that describes plans for both sides in the following pawn structure: [Title "Queenside vs Kingside pawn majority"] [fen "8/pp3ppp/4p3/8/2P5/8/PP3PPP/8 w - - 0 1"] This ...
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How do you hold a draw with a knight against a rook?

Knight and King versus Rook and King is a theoretical draw. Yet, you might lose if you don't know the method. How do you hold a draw?
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How do you hold a draw with a bishop against a rook?

Bishop and King versus Rook and King is a draw. Yet it is easy to go wrong and lose. How do you hold a draw?
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How do you win with a queen against a rook? [duplicate]

It is considered that a Queen and King beats a Rook and King. Yet, the technique can be tricky. How is it done the best way?
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How do you checkmate with the pair of bishops?

How do you checkmate with the pair of Bishops and King versus King? Are there any stalemates to look out for? What are the key ideas / positions / tricks to make it work? Thanks!
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How do you checkmate with a queen?

How do you checkmate with a King and Queen versus King? Is there a method that is faster than other methods in terms of moves? Is there a fool proof method if you are in time trouble? Thanks!
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How do you checkmate with a rook?

How do you checkmate with a Rook and King versus King? Is there a good and fast method? Can you explain it in a good way? Thanks!
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What was the point of Shirov's 47…Bh3?

One of the most famous moves ever is Shirov's 47...Bh3!! in Topalov - Shirov, 1998. [FEN "8/8/4kpp1/3p1b2/p6P/2B5/6P1/6K1 b - - 0 47"] [Event "Linares"] [Date "1998"] [White "Veselin Topalov"] [Black ...