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Questions tagged [endgame]

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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Is this tactics puzzle flawed?

While solving puzzles on ChessTempo, I came across this puzzle: [FEN "8/8/1p6/p1p3p1/P1P1B1K1/1P2kP2/5n2/8 w - - 9 1"] 1. Kf5 I played the intended correct answer, [FEN "8/8/1p6/p1p3p1/P1P1B1K1/...
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Amazon vs Chancellor endgame

Many online sources (such as Wikipedia) state that the endgame of amazon (piece that moves like Queen and knight) and chancellor (piece that moves like rook and knight) is a draw. I did some ...
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Longest forced win with just a Knight or Bishop

A single knight or bishop usually isn't enough to force checkmate. However, I know there are certain positions where the defending side has his king in front of a rook pawn where a win can be forced. ...
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Is a forced draw by 50 moves possible with Bishop and Knight endgame?

Excepting the variations where there is a capture or fork possible for the defending side. Is a position possible where this kind of endgame will last more than 50 moves? Is somewhere a calculation in ...
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Why is this King and Pawn ending lost for White?

[FEN "8/8/8/3pk3/1K6/8/8/8 w - - 0 1"] Even with White to move, the game is lost. OK, but according to what rule/principle? With 1. Kc3 I'm able to get first to one of the key squares (c3,d3,e3) I ...
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How to analyse an endgame quickly?

I am a relatively new player (less than 1 year, ungraded) but I feel I have made good progress so far. I am playing competitively with players in the 1300-1500 region and would like to continue my ...
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Book recommendation on Zugzwang

I am looking for a book recommendation on end-games, more specifically how to avoid the Zugzwang and what to do in case they arise. If you have any book, which has in-depth case study on endgames ...
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Middle game and endgame principles

In the opening, it's helpful for me as a beginner to remember some basic principles: develop your pieces, castle, knights before bishops (generally), don't move the same piece twice, etc. Are there ...
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Chess RSS feeds

Would anyone have any recommended RSS feeds for chess strategy? Specifically tactics, middle game and end game strategies. When I look on Google search I see a decent amount come up and would prefer ...
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Why are opening books so popular?

As title above, why are opening books so popular? I am sure that most players know that middlegame and endgame books are ultimately much more important for improving one's chess strength. That is not ...
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What is the source of the house-rule 18-moves?

In my area, most kids including me grew up with a very popular house-rule: After all the pieces of either of the players are removed besides the king, the opposing player has 18 moves to checkmate him....
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Where can I download a 6 man endgame tablebase

I just cannot seem to find a link to a 6 man download endgame tablebase from syzygy. If anyone could provide me with a link it would be greatly appreciated.
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Rook and minor piece endgames, with pawns

Where can I find resources on how to play these types of endgames? I've done a google search, but all I came up with was repeated results for a Fritz Trainer dvd, and a similar, unanswered, question ...
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King move to other side

During a game of chess, after several moves. Is it an automatic win as soon as you get your king all the way across the board? I was told this is a tournament rule.
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Can black make any progress in this end game?

I have been analyzing this endgame for a while now, but I can't seem to make any progress. The engine evaluation is -2.5, but I'm wondering if this is one of those weird evaluations that is wrong ...
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can someone explain me this endgame puzzle with words?

I came across this puzzle today: white to play and win. For those who don't know this, it's a drill from chess.com: you have to play against the computer and win this. The thing is, I really have no ...
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How to iterate over all FENs in Syzygy table?

This is a programming question related to chess syzygy endgame tables. I believe that it is better suited on chess stack exchange than on SO because it is too specific to chess and asks for a ...
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Is always possible to win King + Queen vs. King + Rook?

Does every situation (except where the Queen team gets mated or the Queen is captured immediately) result in a win for the Queen team? Or can the Rook team, by perfect play, force a stalemate?
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How to win against queen with queen+rook, avoiding the draw with multiple checks

I recently played the game where I was playing black and during end game I had queen and rook remaining and white had queen and two pawns. I thought since I had more material, it would be easy for me ...
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From which top class game is the endgame motive?

I think this happened in Kasparov game but I am not sure about that. It was minor piece endgame with quite blocked queenside. Black took pawn on the kingside (h4 maybe) and white, instead of 'obvious' ...
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Jesus De La Villa's 100 Endgames book: Ambiguity

Here we have two scenarios where the stronger side has one passed pawn in a KPP vs. KP ending. The other pawns block each other. In Ending 83, the author states that rook's pawns, if they're not ...
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What are some techniques for BvN endgames?

Let's say all the pawns are on one side of the board, either left, middle or right. (If there were two pawn groups far from each other, I imagine the Bishop would be much better than the Knight.) So ...
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What should I play in this BvN endgame position?

[Black "DrZ214"] [fen "8/5p2/6k1/3KP3/6Np/8/8/b7 b - - 0 1"] 1... f5 2.Nh2 f4 3.e6 Kf6 4.Kd6 Be5 5.Kd7 Note: The board is from black's perspective. Black to move. I was black and lost this endgame, ...
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Where to find specific endgame practice exercises/puzzles/practice bots?

I'm looking for a set of exercises (contained in a book, website, or chess engine) where I can practice what I know in regards to rook and pawn vs. rook endgames. I could find a friend to randomly ...
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Tit for tat sacrifice

I have noted in a number of games from Master players that sacrifices are rapidly played till both sides are reduced to just about equal in material and virtually the same pieces, at least in value. ...
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Does the Lomonosov Tablebase (and others) include extra material positions such as KQQvKQQQ?

Lomonosov Endgame Tablebase says it includes all endgames with 7 pieces. But does that include things like KQQ v KQQQ? At every possible position? Such things seem highly unlikely, but theoretically ...
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Dvoretsky's Endgame Manual vs Fundamental Chess Endings

I want to know what the differences are between "Dvoretsky's Endgame Manual" and "Fundamental Chess Endings". I want to know also if these books are compatible, I mean, if I buy for example "...
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Should white go for piece-a-piece or two rook endgame?

As black has the upper hand, should white try to go piece-a-piece (Rooks for Rooks) or try and get the two rook endgame. 1r3rk1/p1p2p1p/3p2p1/Rp2p3/3bP1P1/1P1P4/2P3P1/5R1K w - - 0 1
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Can black get a stalemate?

Can Black somehow get a stalemate against the White King-Queen combination or should he try to save his pawn as long as he can? 8/8/5K2/4Q3/4p3/3k4/8/8 b - - 0 1
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Could White have won this double rook endgame?

I reached this position as white that led to a draw: [FEN ""] [White "Bad_Bishop"] [Black ""] [StartPly "61"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 dxc4 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. e3 Bg4 5. Bxc4 e6 6. h3 Bh5 7. Nc3 ...
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Identifying corresponding squares

6k1/p7/3K2p1/1P5p/7P/8/8/8 w - - 0 1 White to move. Dvoretsky notes that the correspondence between the 'f7, e5' squares is less evident. Originally, I thought that g7 and e6 were corresponding (and ...
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how to use ending evaluation in UCI interaction with Stockfish

Playing with the Stockfish 8 UCI from the terminal, I've managed to make it compute move, set the position and load SYZYGY tables. But how can know if an endgame, that corresponds to a kind of ...
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Engine evaluation in endgame not increasing, what it means?

I have plenty of endgames that engine evaluates like +1, even +2, not changing much for like 50-100 halfmoves, repeating, playing without plan. Defending side seems to be always just in time on right ...
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Why does KQ vs. KP (flank pawn) on 7th draw?

Silman mentions that King and Queen vs. King and pawn on the 7th rank wins, except when it's a flank or rook pawn (and the king is far away from the action, i.e. 6th rank). The rook pawn case is ...
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For how long can lone bishop stop king, knight and pawn?

Recently I found quite surprising evaluations for me, especially in KNPP vs. KB, where the defending side could hold a draw just with waiting moves, not winning one of the pawns immediately. The h+f ...
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KN vs. KN: can I force my opponent to take my knight?

Position with KN vs KN aren't automatically drawn because checkmate is possible, even though it can't be forced; however, KN vs K is automatically drawn because checkmate isn't even possible with the ...
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What are the possible terms for interference in the bishop endgame?

In various positions in elementary bishop endgames, the stronger side tries to prevent the sacrifice of the bishop for the last remaining pawn by interposing the diagonal with the bishop. For example, ...
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Is checkmate possible in knight vs knight pawnless endgame?

I see plenty of information stating that a Knight and King vs a King is a Draw because a mating position is not possible. I also see that it IS possible, no matter how unlikely, to acquire a mating ...
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What are the mistakes committed by players who take many years to become an expert?

I am a beginner and am targeting to become an expert. I see many people who barely takes 4 years to become an expert and many people who take 10 years to become an expert. I don't want to repeat the ...
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Endgame training for a 7 year old kid

My 7 year old son plays competitive chess. He can checkmate with king and rook nicely. He can make a queen from a single pawn & king. Now, how to proceed for further endgame training?
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Can white really not win this rook endgame?

When playing against a player rated ~2500 Stockfish 8 managed merely to draw when playing white. This was the endgame before the draw (the draw occurred because it was king vs. king in the end). ...
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Can white win this Q+P endgame?

Can white win this Q and P endgame? From this position, put black Queen on the best defensive square, then it's white to move. [fen "8/1PQ3pk/6pp/8/8/8/8/3K4 w - - 0 1"] Maybe like this: [fen "8/...
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Good master games for learning how to win from a superior position

I have recently managed to build up my opening repertoire to something that will no longer cause me to fall into lost positions against decent players, so I can no longer blame my losses upon bad ...
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Is there a copy of Troitsky's analysis of KNN vs. KP online anywhere?

This is almost certainly public domain material by now (I believe it originates in a 1906 article), but I'm happy to buy it with or without Collection of Chess Studies if I can get it as a digital ...
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Could two kings force checkmate against a lone king?

I was looking at minimal combinations of material needed to force checkmate (K+R, Q+B, R+N+N, etc). You end up with a sort of threshold of how much material is needed, and that sort of assigns a ...
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Is this 2B vs. N endgame won for the bishops?

Tim Krabbe gives this position on his list of serious promotions to rook and bishop: [FEN "8/8/5b2/8/K7/4N3/kp6/8 w - - 0 1"] [White "Boniface"] [Black "Pugh"] [Site "Bristol"] [Date "1995"] 1. Nd1 ...
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Endgames: How was “maximum moves required” determined before tablebases?

To use a simple example, tablebases show that KQ vs. K is won in at most ten moves. But chess books going back many decades, well before tablebases, say the same thing. How was this calculated?
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Public higher-order endgame tablebases for *common* positions?

It's easy for me to locate 6-piece tablebases online for free (e.g. lichess), and I know 7-piece tablebases exist (cf. Lomonosov tablebase), but I don't know of any easy way to access them. However, ...
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Are chess engines too briliant to play good endgame?

I watched some Komodo endgame play and what he is capable of is just horrible. From nice advantage with pawn up and activity he gives up two pawns ending in some miracle fortress position. Who can ...
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Which chess players are/were best at the endgame? Can you refer me to their exemplary games?

I need inspiration. I'm an amateur. One of the areas that I find least likeable and just plain boring, is the endgame. I sometimes feel like I'm making no improvement there whatsoever. That's why ...