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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What is important in the endgame besides centralization and activity?

I'm a little confused about this. I know pawn structure and centralization of the king is essential in the endgame and I also know that activity, especially from the rooks is very important. Playing ...
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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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Does White have any feasible way to break through this position?

I recently played as Black in a 1+0 blitz game on Lichess in which the below position was reached. [FEN ""] 1. e4 Nf6 2. Nc3 e6 3. d4 d5 4. e5g Nfd7 5. f4 Nb6 6. Nf3 Nc6 7. Bb5 Bd7 8. O-O g6 9. Bxc6 ...
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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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How to be more aware of smothered mate opportunities?

I've been playing Chesscademy's android app for a while when I'm bored: thought it could improve my chess to be solving their tactic challenges (not sure if it's working though..). One pattern I ...
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How is endgame theory developed?

First of all, I am explicitly not asking for a list of endgame principles, nor am I asking for resources to study endgames from. My question is: How does one develop endgame theory? The main ...
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Is this K+4P vs KB+P endgame drawn?

Is that position always a draw? I've tried to play it few times and I always end with lone bishop or a stalemate 8/3k3/p7/2Pb4/PP6/2KP4/8/8 w KQkq - 0 1
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What should be White’s move here in which each side has just a king and a knight?

Is the position in the image above a draw?
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What happens after two Kings stay on the board?

A lot of times my sibling and I have played chess and have ended up with just two Kings. We have never known what would happen next. Two Kings on a field somehow result to an infinite game as each can ...
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Why does Lichess mark this move as “?!”?

I was looking at this game on Lichess, where it says "Checkmate is now unavoidable. Best move was Kc4." As far as I can tell, checkmate was already unavoidable, including after Kc4. Namely, Black can ...
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Computer endgame strength without tablebases

I have seen that engines aren't particularly strong in the openings without access to a book. How strong are modern engines in the endgame when they are not allowed access to tablebases? E.g., can ...
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How would the evaluation of the engine suggested endgame in the Anand vs Carlsen game be determined?

In round 7 of the Tata Steel Masters 2020, there was a game between Anand and Carlsen. Anand had the upper hand out of the opening but they drew on move 54. Instead, Anand missed 54.Rb4! Nxc7 55. Rc4 ...
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Is this endgame position a draw?

It’s whit to move. [FEN "8/8/8/3k3p/3P3K/2P3R1/8/7r w - - 0 1"] I was white, and this was a blitz game which ended up as a draw because I didn't know what to do. My friend and I later analyzed this ...
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KBN vs K checkmate on nonstandard boards

I know how to win the endgame with bishop and knight, but it is a slippery process and seems to be just barely a win, with the enemy king very nearly escaping. For this reason, I am curious about the ...
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Is it bad form to go for a lengthy but losing endgame that you suspect will be winning on time? [duplicate]

In blitz games, I sometimes have to choose between sharper positions that I suspect will put me at some slight positional advantage and positions easily played by my side but difficult for my opponent ...
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Understanding Anand's Bc4 move vs Ivanchuk 1992

In the Ivanchuk vs Anand game (1992), the game leads into an endgame after lots of exchanges, which by no means looks (to me at least) winning for black: they both have 2 rooks, 2 bishops, and black ...
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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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DroidFish's rtb folder's file placed somewhere else

DroidFish has an rtb folder that should be used for wdl and dtz syzygy endgame tables. For the six pieces tables it represents roughly 80+60Gb and as I my phone has only 64Gb as internal memory, I ...
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Is this endgame scenario winnable for white?

[title "White to move"] [fen "8/8/4kr1Q/1p2pp2/1P1n4/p3K3/P7/8 w - - 0 1"] I’m looking at this current position, and I think I'm going to lose, as I have limited mobility with both my king and queen. ...
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Is it rude to ask my opponent to resign an online game when they have a lost endgame?

I really don't know if I am correct when I ask my opponent to resign when I am at a 1800-1900 ELO level. I have an Asperger disorder. To me ,endgames are more clear to play than middlegames, and the ...
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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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What is the technique to win and endgame R vs B + B?

[title "R vs B+B"] [fen "8/4rpkp/6p1/8/8/4BBP1/5PKP/8 w - - 0 1"] The engine says that this endgame is winning for white(+2.5). Is there a technique that could be used to win this for white. I ...
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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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Is this endgame winnable for white? (Knight vs two connected passed queenside pawns)

I would like to know if this endgame is winnable for white. Black to play. Any help would be greatly appreciated :)
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Chess.com insufficient material draw

I played a game at chess.com and the endgame was KNN vs KP. When the pawn was captured, the server automatically give a draw due to "insufficient material". I am confused about chess.com's ...
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A position in which there is no possible checkmate [duplicate]

I saw the game Firouzja vs Carlsen in world blitz championship in which Carlsen flagged Firouzja. Carlsen won because even though he had only a bishop, there could be a possible mate position. I am ...
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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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Can one win with two dark square bishops and two light square bishops and his opponent has only one queen?

Can one win with two dark square bishops and two light square bishops and his opponent has only one queen? I remember seeing this endgame being analyzed in a video around 10 years ago (and I think ...
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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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Castling during the endgame

Are there any famous games where castling occurred during the endgame?
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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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Is this KBPP vs. KR position a draw or a win with perfect play?

I played a game on Lichess today as white, and me and my opponent reached this interesting endgame position. Note: It is black’s turn currently. The board is shown from White's point of view. [Title ...
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Why doesn't Stockfish (DroidFish) try to flag me?

Imagine the following position: [FEN "3k4/7p/7K/3B4/8/8/8/8 w - - 0 1"] White is played by Stockfish in DroidFish and black by human (me). We both have 15 seconds. After a few moves, white bishop ...
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At what playing strength level should one be able to mate with King Bishop and Knight vs King?

As in title above, at what playing strength level should one be able to mate with King, Bishop and Knight vs King without much effort (with reasonable time left for the game)?
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Improving the endgame: Principles

I find I am weakest in the endgame, which is arguably the most important part of chess. Usually when I reach the endgame I have an advantage, often a pawn or a "winning" pawn formation, but I am not ...
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Winning as white is a struggle!

[Title "White to move"] [FEN "5r2/5q1k/6pp/1p2P3/1P2p2P/6RK/3Q1P2/8 w KQkq - 0 1"] I can’t seem to win here, no matter what I do. Is the position really that bad for me as White?
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What is the farthest away a game can be from a guaranteed checkmate?

What is the maximum number of moves away from checkmate that a player can be where checkmate is guaranteed? There are many positions that are a guaranteed win for a player if played perfectly right? (...
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What longest number of moves for a forced mate position (including draw rules)?

What is the longest (currently discovered) number of moves for a forced mate position where players will use both the 50-move draw rule and the 3-fold repetition rule if it will help them avoid losing?...
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What endgame, with 3 to 6 pieces, has the longest known forced checkmate?

I am wondering, what endgame, with 3 to 6 pieces, 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 ...
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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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Why is white's best play Nxd5 here?

I'm new to chess. In the position below, lichess analysis says that Nxd5 is the best move for white. But can't black just capture the knight afterwards with his pawn and threaten white's pawn and rook ...
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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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Rook and Pawn Endgames

I want to learn more about rook and pawn endgames because they are very common. But it’s such a broad subject - where should I even begin? For example, I do know of the Philidor and Lucena positions, ...
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In Damanovic-Fischer, 1970, wasn't 66. Ke3 better?

In Damanovic-Fischer, it seems like the move played, 66. bxa4+, made it easy for Fischer. Wasn't 66. Ke3 better? [Title "Damanovic- Fischer, 1970,"] [FEN ""] [startply "130"] ...
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Can I win as black here?

In the below position, I'm playing as Black and it's my turn. [FEN "8/8/1K6/2P5/1P6/8/8/6kq b - - 0 1"] I've recently gotten back into chess, and this one is driving me crazy. I can't seem to ...
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How likely is it that a non-orthodox promotion is optimal?

Under promotion is an interesting aspect of chess, but there are other possibilities that aren't allowed under modern rules. One is the so-called "dummy pawn", as this question discusses: When (if ...
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Would certain checkmates be possible if the king could move into check?

Similar to a previous question of mine, let's suppose there's a piece that moves like the king, but isn't restricted from moving into check. While a normal king and two knights can't force checkmate, ...
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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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What is the maximum DTM with K+J vs K?

What is the maximum DTM in the endgame king + janus vs king on a 10x8-board ? The janus can move like a bishop or like a knight. Since both sides have two additional pieces, the board has 10 columns ...
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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 ...