Questions tagged [endgame]

Questions relating to the final stages of a game of chess, when only few pieces are left on the board.

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Did Leela Zero miss a win in this position?

Did Leela Zero miss a win in this position from game 106 of the Computer Chess Championship, on move 83 with White to move? [FEN "8/2p1r3/2P4k/1P1pB2p/K2NbP1R/P5r1/8/8 w - - 0 1"] Here, ...
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Did Stockfish blunder a drawn position against Leela here?

I don't see how you can defend both pawns at once if the bishop is located on the f8 square. Where did Stockfish go wrong in this game? [FEN "5B2/3k4/2p4p/4n1r1/8/2R5/6K1/8 w - - 0 1"]
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Is this endgame drawn after the rook sacrifice?

2R5/8/8/8/4Pp1P/3k1K2/2p2P2/1r6 w - - 0 46 In this position, the engine recommends 1. Rxc2 and evaluates the position as drawn. Is there a general rule in such positions or precise calculation is ...
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How much material is needed to force the capture of a lone queen (for example in horde chess)?

In horde chess, the following starting position is used: [FEN "rnbqkbnr/pppppppp/8/1PP2PP1/PPPPPPPP/PPPPPPPP/PPPPPPPP/PPPPPPPP w - - 0 1"] The goal of White is to checkmate Black; the goal ...
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How can I find the endgame probability based on the opening?

I want to find the endgame probabilities based on the openings I play. This would be a game changer when it comes to prioritizing what endgames to study. I know Chessbase provides a tool for this, ...
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How can I save this game?

I was playing a blitz game and the time control was 2m+1s. The end game was KQ vs KR and I (with KQ) lost on time as it took roughly 2 seconds for me to make a move. I would like to learn a lesson: in ...
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Which piece combinations can mate a lone king without being aided by the attacking king?

Clearly not a practical question since the king can and should be used in the endgame, but I was curious if anyone has done a comprehensive analysis of which combinations of pieces (including some ...
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Knight and King Vs Queen and King

Can the Knight and King in anyway mate the King and Queen? The player with the King and Queen is playing sub-optimal. I was recently playing a game which I lost. In the last move I captured a pawn ...
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Queen against rook-drawn and won endgames [duplicate]

I played a game in which I had a queen against a rook but it seemed that my opponent’s king could protect his rook, and there were no pawns on the board. In the end, I drew the game. Are such games be ...
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Checkmate possibility for Black

In this lichess game, in the given analysis line for move 32, is it possible for Black to win in two moves after 35... Kc7? [FEN "8/R4k2/2p3p1/2N4p/3n4/3P1pPb/PP3P1P/6K1 b - - 0 1"] 1... Ke8 2. Ra8+ ...
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Can anyone please explain why this position isn't a draw?

I was watching this game on lichess. Both of the players have the same resource i.e., the king and only a bishop. The bishops on the board are of the opposite color. But the game was continued and one ...
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Human analysis for a KRBNNPP against KRRN ending?

This line of play leads to this position: [White "White"] [Black "Black to move"] [FEN "8/rp4p1/1N1nkb2/3n4/6R1/1R6/8/2K5 b - - 1 38"] StockFish 10+ assures me that Black has a big advantage, but I ...
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Please help solve this endgame problem posed by a friend

[FEN "5K2/k7/4P1p1/8/8/8/4b3/8 w - - 0 1"] A friend of mine is challenging me to find a solution. It’s White to play and DRAW.
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Is there any hope left for Black?

7b/p3R3/k6r/N7/KP6/8/8/8 b - - 3 41 I got into this endgame in a Alkehine Defense game against a FM. The engine evaluates it as +0.6 . But all I can see is that any inaccuracy on Black’s part leads ...
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Technique to win this same colored bishop endgame

The following endgame is a same-colored bishop endgame which I had on a game in Lichess. I tried for approximately 30 moves to try and win this game, but in the end, I got nothing more than a draw. I ...
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How to proceed in this endgame position?

[FEN "3k4/ppp3pp/1b6/8/PP6/4BpP1/5P1P/6K1 b - - 1 24"] This position is evaluated -4 but i cant find any plans for Black and lost. What should have been my strategy from this position ? This is the ...
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Openings that reach endgames? [duplicate]

I'm looking for some openings for white and black that have a high probability of trading queens early on without being significantly worse. Does anyone know any openings that fit this criteria?
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Is this position with KRP against KBP a draw?

I encountered the following position with White to move. [FEN "6R1/8/3k4/pK6/Pb6/8/8/8 w - - 45 83"] I see no way for White to win, but am not completely sure. Is it known to be a draw? More ...
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Which endgame manual?

Which endgame manual do you recommend and why? • Dvoretsky's Endgame Manual • Fundamental Chess Endings (Muller & Lamprecht) • Silman's Complete Endgame Course • Some other book I am ...
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Bishops of Opposite Colors endgame: Is this a draw?

[FEN ""] [Event "Rated Correspondence game"] [Site "https://lichess.org/GILERcIS"] [Date "2020.02.26"] [Round "-"] [White "mathwhiz16"] [Black "theMortician"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [UTCDate "2020.02.26"] ...
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Why is the f7-g6-h5 pawn complex so important for black in rook endgames?

I was watching the chess24.com video on endgames with Mark Dvoretsky, and the video “Plus-equal mode | Part 1” covered the game Tony Miles-Simon Webb, Birmingham 1975, and we quickly get to the double-...
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What is the longest tablebase win that includes draw rules?

It has been asked the longest mate that includes draw rules is, and it is known what the longest tablebase mate is. However, what is the longest tablebase mate, i.e. 7 pieces or less, that accounts ...
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What is the longest amount of moves before an inevitable checkmate? [duplicate]

When most pieces are gone, inevitable checkmates often occur and are usually presented in the form x moves until checkmate. However, what is the biggest valid possibility of x. (By valid I mean that ...
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Understanding Carlsen's resignation in the rook and pawn endgame vs MVL

Why did Carlsen resign in the position shown below? (blitz game played in the London Chess Classic GCT Finals) Can't white help the pawn queen after Ke3 and Kd3 then Kd4? I must be missing something. ...
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What are the specific setups to avoid perpetual checks(Queen)? [closed]

I was wondering if there certain setups with pieces, pawns, or both which avoid perpetual checks. I know an important setup is the one below where it's essentially a fortress type of a position for ...
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Good Knight Against Bad Bishop Endgame - A More Constructive Plan?

I reached the position below in a recent tournament game [Event "Recent Tournament"] [Site "Deepest, Darkest Oxfordshire"] [Date "Feb 2020"] [White "Ian Bush"] [Black "A Young Victim"] [Result "1-0"] ...
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Structure-better structure or bishop pair in the endgame?

Does the bishop pair compensate for doubled pawns if there are no rooks to attack with the bishops in the endgame?
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Knight vs bishop endgame in Fabiano Caruana vs Hou Yifan 2018

I am currently studying the classical game of Fabiano Caruana vs Hou Yifan played in 2018. The game ended in a fighting draw, but for the most part of the ending, starting from move 55 onward (see ...
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How did Timman decide on d5 in this position?

In Gheorghiu-Timman 1982, how did Timman decide to play 34…d5? It seems like an amazing move to find. [FEN "2r5/p1r2b2/1p1p1k1p/PP2ppp1/2P2P2/3KP1P1/2RN3P/2R5 b - - 0 1"] 1... d5
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The difficulty of finding the winning idea in this knight versus bishop endgame

I recently finished a tournament game on chess.com as Black that ended in a draw. It was a knight (me) vs. bishop endgame with pawns strewn across the board. Here is the entire game. [Title "...
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Demystifying Seirawan-Kasparov 1983 king and pawn endgame

I am currently studying the Tarrasch Defense 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 c5, and naturally I've stumbled upon many Kasparov games as he frequentloy and quite successfully employed this opening throughout ...
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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 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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Was this “caterpillar” strategy a good way to advance my pawns?

I recently played an online game as Black in which I thought up a silly, but effective, to ay advance my doubled pawns in the endgame. Here is the relevant part of the game. [FEN "8/6p1/2p2kp1/1p1p4/...
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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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