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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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How is Kasparov vs Shirov 1992 a victory?

There is no check. Was it a victory on time? Or did Shirov resign? In all the discussion over this game it's just accepted that Kasparov won, without anyone mentioning the reason for his victory. And ...
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Is three knights versus knight really winning?

Take a look at the following position, reached in the #40974 Tactics Problem on chess.com [fen "4N1K1/5P2/6k1/8/6n1/8/N7/8 w - - 0 1"] The engine gives +6.22 for white in this position. I already ...
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Are all KQvK positions winnable if it's not stalemate and Black can't capture on current move?

Are all KQvK positions winnable if the position isn't in itself a stalemate and Black cannot capture on the current move?
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Using the diagonal in perpetual queen checks?

There exists a heuristic that recommends checking from the diagonals (using a queen) in order to get a perpetual. This, I expect, is a rule that is meant for the worse player in queen and pawn ...
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Chess endings progress story

There are lots of questions asked here about best books about endings or which types of endings are important at the beginning. I have another question - how do you benefit from learning endings? E.g....
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End-game, is this scenario winnable?

Looking at this current position, I think I'm going to lose, as I have limited mobility with both my king and queen, but a friend suggests otherwise, that I should put more focus on destabilizing the ...
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R+3P vs B+N+3P ending. Win or draw, and plans for both players

In a recent game I reach this position (white to play). I was playing white and eventually lost the game. [fen "1R6/5pkp/4n1p1/8/3b1P2/6P1/7P/7K w - - 1 51"] 1.Kg2 h5 2.h3?! h4! 3.f5 gxf5 4.gxh4 Bf6 ...
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How to improve my early endgame / late middlegame?

When I search for books on the middlegame versus the endgame, I usually find discussions about positions that have almost nothing to do with each other: the former being rich with strategies with ...
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What are minimum number of moves needed to checkmate a king using king and rook?

Assuming that both players do the best move, I want to know the minimum number of moves needed in the worst case scenario when checkmating a lone king using king and rook. Edit: The worst case does ...
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SyzygyPath in asmFish

Can someone point to me whereabouts in asmFish I can hardcode the SyzygyPath into the source code. I can do it in StockFish 8, however I've yet to find it in the source code of asmFish. I'll be using ...
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How did this game end in a draw?

https://en.lichess.org/B6L5XNox Never mind the sloppy play. I'm just curious why this ended in a draw: (Does anyone know how to copy moves from lichess?) Anyway, the final 5 moves: Rc4+ Kb6 Qd8+ ...
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Fritz for Fun 13: how do I add positions to a new database?

My aim is to create a database of endgame positions taken from Van Perlo's Endgame Tactics in Fritz for Fun 13. I've created a new database, but I do not know how to add games or positions. How do I ...
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Mate with 3 Knights

how do I checkmate with 3 Knights? I know 2 is a draw, but 3 is not. Thanks in advance! ~CSS
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How to force engine (eg. Stockfish) to play position till checkmate in Lucas Chess?

I am training endgames using Lucas Chess and playing the position from FEN against Stockfish. But sometimes I would like to have engines play the position with itself. I can achieve this in Lucas ...
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Pawns In The Bishop Endgames

Are there any general guidelines to choose the square colour for your own pawns in bishop endgames? Especially in knight vs bishop endgames, would you put your pawns on same coloured squares as the ...
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Is a rook ending where the winning side has a passed g and d pawns drawn? [closed]

The passed pawns are g and d pawns. Can the losing side draw such a rook endgame? Can you give some examples to how or why it can't be drawn?
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Suggestions for endgame study

I'm an unrated player with some experience playing and studying various aspects of the game. If I had to give a subjective rating to myself, I would say 1000-1100. In all my quest for improvement, I ...
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Reasons why king and rook mate quicker than king, knight/bishop and bishop?

When I was very young I remember learning the point values of the pieces. And then I ran into something very confusing. I was able to learn king and rook vs king mates pretty easily, but king and 2 ...
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In the endgame KQ vs K, can you premove your way to checkmate?

This is a question concerning online blitz chess. I'm sure we all have experienced having a completely winning position, but only having a few seconds left on the clock. After one such game I started ...
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Knight & Bishop vs. Queen

All the articles I've read on the internet explain how a King, Knight, and Bishop should work together to defend against a King and Queen. This is called the Karstedt fortress. This article depicts ...
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Strategy behind this chess position?

I am only used to check-in-n type of puzzle, so I am quite lost when my friend challenge me to this endgame position. EDIT: figured out how to do the chess board (note: the board seemed to be flipped, ...
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How could I have won this Q vs R+N endgame?

I was playing as White in this superior position when I decided to sacrifice my Queen for Knight + Pawn: [FEN "8/2k1r1p1/5n2/5PK1/6PP/3Q4/8/8 w - - 0 46"] 1. Qc3+ Kd8 2. Qxf6 gxf6+ ...
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Steps to checkmate in my endgame position

There is a black bishop at a4, black queen at b4, a black king at e5 and a white king at c1. There is a checkmate in 3 moves. I want to know what the moves are. [FEN "8/8/8/4k3/bq6/8/8/2K5 b - - 0 1"]...
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Which of these two endgame books?

I am a beginner (approximately 1400) seeking to improve my endgame technique. Which one of these books would you recommend as suitable for my strength and why? 100 Endgames you must know by Jesus de ...
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Drawn R+2P vs R endgame

I remember a recent(1-2 years) drawn (super)grandmaster game in which white had 2 connected pawns and a rook, while black had a rook. I later learned that it was a theoretical draw, which quite ...
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Unclear endgame / late middlegame position: looks like advantage white to me, but engine analysis suggests draw

Came across this position as part of some variation analysis of one of my previous games. To me it looks like a noticeable (though probably not decisive) advantage for white -- based on pawn structure ...
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Can White win this knight endgame?

[Title "Black to move"] [StartFlipped "0"] [fen "8/p2N1pk1/1pn1p1p1/2p1P2p/5P1P/2P3P1/PP6/6K1 b - - 0 1"] I thought that I had advantage as White since I was able to temporarily cutt off Black king. ...
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Can black win in this KR vs. KN endgame?

If white has the next move, can black still win the game? The players accepted the draw here, but I am not sure if it is still a draw. [fen "8/8/3k4/4NK2/8/8/8/6r1 w - - 0 1"]
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Endgame books or web-sources

What books or web-sources have people worked with to improve their endgame? I have gone over Silman's Complete Endgame Course: From Beginner to Master and Understanding Chess Endgames. I feel good ...
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Who is better in this endgame?

This endgame can come out of the scotch gamibt, albeit there are better lines for a black player that desires a draw. However, I was wondering out of curiosity if this is good for white or black.
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What is this battleship-style chess variant called?

So I've recently built and published a chess app, targeted at club chess player (like myself). The goal of the app is to educate and make chess more accessible. I'm working on an update. One of the ...
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Fischer vs. Geller, Curacao Candidates 1962

I recently came across a very interesting rook and pawn endgame from one of the games between Fischer and Geller from the Curacao Candidates Tournament in 1962. More precisely, I am talking about the ...
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KRPP vs KRP - maximum depth to conversion?

I am trying to learn single rook endgames with two pawns against one, with added stipulation that the two pawns of the attacking side are on neighboring files with the pawn of the defending side also ...
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How to play this bishop & pawn endgame?

[Title "Black to move"] [StartFlipped "0"] [fen "6k1/p4p2/1p2pPp1/7p/3Pb2P/1B2P1P1/P7/2K5 b - - 0 33"] I'm Black. In the game I deliberately allowed White pushing the pawn to f6, I was expecting ...
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How does one become a theoretician?

What does it mean to be an opening theoretician, and how does one achieve this status? Does it imply that one should not be an active tournament player? Apart from opening theoreticians are there ...
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Is this position lost for White?

8/8/8/5kp1/p7/P4K2/1P6/8 b - - 0 1 White just played Kf3, thereby gaining the opposition. If there were no queenside pawns, what is on the kingside would be a "book" draw. That's because the White ...
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Engame trainer software

I am learning chess endgames, and I am looking for a software/website, where i can just practice end games with a computer having limited pieces. For eg, if i want to practice queen mate with a lone ...
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Is this a fortress?

I have just played a thoroughly enjoyable game, where in the middlegame I was forced to give up the queen for two minor pieces and defend. After 30 moves and some trades, the situation got simplified ...
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Why go for stalemate here?

In a Daily Puzzle of the Chess.com app, playing as white the solution to the puzzle was as follows: [Title ""] [SetUp "1"] [FEN "8/p1Q3bk/P2N2p/5p1p/7P/6q/8/7K w - - 0 1"] 1. Qxg7 Kxg7 2.Nxf5+ ...
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Top chess books and online software that would help me increase my rating

My current rating is 1200 and I had stopped chess for some time due to school exam pressure. What steps should I take to increase my rating? I do tactics from chess.com everyday. Please suggest some ...
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How come this king and knight + rook pawn vs king endgame not drawn?

Here is a picture of the starting position. White to move. [FEN "8/8/8/3nk1pp/8/3K2PP/5P2/8 w - - 0 1"] 1. f3 h4 2. f4+ gxf4 3.gxf4+ Kxf4 4. Ke2 Kg3 5. Kf1 Kxh3 6. Kg1 Kg3 1. f3 h4 2. f4+ gxf4 (to ...
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Adventures in the ODCL pt. 2 - How about this Endgame?

Another week, another match, this time as board 2 for the second team instead of bottom board for the firsts. Background: In the review my rating has gone up slightly to 142 ECF (~1765 Elo). My ...
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Adventures from the ODCL - How To Play The Endgame?

Well the league restarted after the Christmas break this week and here's much of my latest effort with a couple of questions afterwards - I haven't shown the whole game for reasons that I hope will ...
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Should white be able to win this endgame?

Should white be able to win from the position [fen "8/5k2/3p1p2/3PnP2/1KP1r1P1/8/3RB3/8 b - - 0 67"] with black to move? (A game I was playing ended there when black just let black's time run out ...
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What endgame has the longest known forced checkmate?

I am wondering what endgame has the longest checkmate with optimal play? Right now, the longest I'm aware of is the two knights versus one pawn endgame, which in certain positions can take up to 115 ...
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Is this same colored-Bishop ending really drawn for Black?

I was playing as Black. Was there something I could of done to win in this position? Or was the game truly drawn? What are some endgame ideas for this position as Black? Black to move
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How would you evaluate this king and pawn endgame for white, and what's the best book to study King and pawn endgames?

I would like to learn more tricks and ideas behind these complicated endgames. For example, here is a game I played where I got into one (I was playing white). [fen ""] [Startply "83"] 1. e4 e6 2. ...
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Can a King and a Knight force stalemate against a lone King?

I believe that a King and two Knights are able to force stalemate against a lone King (though obviously not checkmate)... but what about a King and one Knight against a lone King? I first thought ...
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Chess challenge #10: A beautiful knightmare

This time I bring you a beautiful composition. White is down material but is about to queen the d7 pawn. The only problem is the knight fork on f7 and if he doesn't act very quickly Black is going to ...
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Chess challenge #9: Can you solve it in less than 5 minutes?

Today I remembered this position that I saw a few months ago in a tweet by Sergey Karjakin: [fen "2k5/8/8/BQ6/4K3/8/8/8 w - - 0 1"] It seemed very easy to me because there are just 4 pieces left but ...