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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 there any method to determine if the weaker side in KQPKQ has a perpetual check?

Is there any possibility to check without the use of the tablebases, if some position in the endgame queen + pawn vs queen (KQPKQ) allows a perpetual check for the weaker side ?
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Normal draw positions in the endgame KQPKQ with a bishop-pawn?

Suppose, in the endgame queen + pawn vs queen (KQPKQ) , the stronger side has a bishop-pawn (c-pawn or f-pawn). The weaker side cannot win the pawn, nor has a perpetual check, nor can play on ...
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Is there a full tutorial for Queen vs Rook endgame? [duplicate]

How do I convert the game into KQK easily, or simply mate? I've already learned the Philidor position.
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Comfortable DTC - endgame database

The only online endgame database supporting DTC I know is http://chess.jaet.org/cgi-bin/mzugs But the positions can only be entered by FEN, it is not possible to drag pieces. Does anyone know a ...
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What is the longest known sequence of forced moves leading to a checkmate for one side?

With forced move, it is meant that the player has only one legal move. [fen "7k/q5Q1/p4PPK/6PP/8/5P2/8/8 b - - 0 1"] 1... Qxg7+ 2. fxg7+ Kg8 3. f4 a5 4. f5 a4 5. f6 a3 6. f7# is an example with 10 ...
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Longest sequence with only moves to draw without a repitition

What is the longest known sequence of moves with upto 6 pieces where each move of both sides is the only move drawing the game (any other move would lose the game) ? There should not occur any ...
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Longest way to mate with 1 queen against 4 queens

What is the longest way to checkmate with 1 queen against 4 queens (no other pieces on the board) ? Since there are ways 13 moves long with a queen vs two queens, I conjecture this should be ...
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mutual zugzwangs and longest wins (DTM, DTC and DTZ) in the endgame KRPPKRP

Is there any survey on the mutual zugzwang positions and the longest wins (splitted to DTM, DTC and DTZ) in the endgame KRPPKRP (rook + 2 pawns vs rook + 1 pawn) ? Unfotunately, the 7 men tablebases ...
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Can someone explain how this pawn endgame works?

I'm sorry if this position has been asked before, but can someone explain how it works? [Event "?"] [Site "?"] [Date "????.??.??"] [Round "?"] [White "?"] [Black "?"] [Result "*"] [FEN "8/4k3/3p4/3P4/...
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What are the winning chances of every pieces? (6men egtb)

Is there a site or document which shows what the winning chances are of every "Specific Pieces vs. Specific Pieces" endgame? e.g. What are the winning chances of Rook & Bishop vs 2 Knights?
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Why does white exchange knight for a pawn here?

This other question asks about why white resigns at the end (Why did Polgar resign?), but running through the game, I am confused at move 49 where the board looks like this, white to move: Polgar-...
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Longest DTM in the endgame KQPPKQ

What is the longest DTM in the endgame queen and two pawns versus a queen (KQPPKQ) ? The position White : Kg6 , Qb5 , Pa3, h2 Black : Ka7 , Qh3 is mate in 167 if white has the move. Is also the ...
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End game King an Rook - Beginners [duplicate]

In different ocasions I find my self in a very dificult situation (for me). The only pieces on the board are: Mine - King an Rook ; Oponnent - King. It is very dificult for me to check mate... Can ...
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chess program wilhelm

I still search an executable file of the chess program wilhelm. It is not only a chess endgame database, you can fix pieces to be on concrete squares and check all such position to get a statistic ...
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Which is the 200 move won position?

In "How Life Imitates Chess", end of chapter 16, Kasparov says that positions needing 200 moves to win have been discovered with the help of computers. So I am wondering which such position is, which ...
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Is there a Web Service available for 6-piece endgame tablebases?

I use the LokaSoft web service for 5-piece endgames, but cannot find one for 6 pieces. BTW, by web service I mean a software function capable of being called over the internet (see http://en....
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Rules for ending a chess game

I have seen many games that do not end by checkmate but still say 0-1 or 1-0. The following picture also shows that the game did not end but White won. Can anyone please explain this.
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Is there an online database for the endgame KRPPKRP?

It was stated at this forum that the 7-men-endgames are still not available online. What about the special endgame KRPPKRP (Rook and 2 pawns against Rook and 1 pawn) ? It would be nice if the ...
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Longest DTC in the endgame KQPKQ depending on the place of the white pawn

I remember some statistics by Guy Haworth from the endgame KQPKQ (queen + pawn vs queen). One of the statistics was the maximum DTC depending on the place of the white pawn (due to symmetry, it can ...
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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 structures ...
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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. So ...
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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 led 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 a draw in a King + Pawn vs King endgame?

I know the basics of opposition, but I am struggling to evaluate positions for drawishness in King + Pawn VS King endgame. A lot of times 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 ...