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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2 Knights against 1 pawn (endgame)

Why is it important to leave the opponent's pawn in this situation? From over 7kk games only 426 ends with KNN against KP, of which 286 games (67.1%) is draw. In the two knights endgame, how should ...
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On the feasibility of mating with knight and bishop within 50 moves using a particular method

Prove that it is possible, from any starting KBNK position, to accomplish the mate by manoeuvering to arrive at key positions from a well-known method or strategy whilst the losing king actively tries ...
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How is a game of chess won?

My understanding is that there are basically two ways in which a game of chess is won. (1) One side gives (or forces) checkmate, regardless of material situation on the board. He may be in material ...
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Endgame technique: How to win with rook + g and h pawn vs rook?

The tablebase suggests it's a win for White, but I struggle to beat my phone. Black's rook seems to always be able to harass the white king to stop white make any progress. What's the technique to ...
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Why are masters so bad at endings? [closed]

The other day I witnessed a National Master fail to checkmate using a queen vs rook. I witnessed some of the worst technique known to man by a 2200+ player. It's clear he didn't know Philidor's ...
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Which openings (black/white) should man play against a player, who is not good at endgame but a tactical beast?

I'am looking for openings with white and black against strong junior players, which are mostly tactical beasts but not good at endgame.
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What's so important about the h4 square in this endgame?

I'm reading John Nunn's book Grandmaster Chess Move by Move, and it stresses the importance of the h4 square in the following endgame. 8/2p2p2/5k1p/2B1p1p1/4P3/1P3P2/2n1K1PP/8 w - - 0 1 1. Kd2? Nd4 ...
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Is there a database of endgame positions with known perfect play?

Perfect play as in, it leads to checkmate in the least moves possible. Not just forced mates.
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What was Nakamura thinking with 62…g5 against Carlsen in Senquefield Cup 2018 rd. 9?

I (a 2300 player) would never consider 62...g5 in this position giving White a protected passed pawn. Nakamura either thought it was a drawing method, or the toughest defense, but Carlsen showed ...
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How does Syzygy store its information?

From reading everything I've found so far, I know that Syzygy uses both win/draw/loss files and distance-to-zero files, but I haven't found any information on the internal file format that these files ...
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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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Book recommendations on Pawn Endgame for intermediate and advanced level players?

I just started preparing Endgame using Dvoretsky Endgame Manual. I am wondering if there are more books online about Pawn Endgames that I can use side by side either as an additional study material or ...
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Is this a stalemate?

The gamepigeon app is declaring I lost (I am black). This simply does not make sense since it is white's turn and they are in check. The game abruptly ends. Is this erroneous logic? How can I lose ...
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Marshall vs. Queen Endgame

In a game of "Sort of Almost Chess", the variant from Mr. Betza that replaces one of the queens with a Marshall (the Rook+Knight compound, also known as the Chancellor, or the Empress in Fairy Chess ...
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When checkmate is impossible in a position

Edit This question is not a duplicate, as mentioned in my comment. The linked supposedly-duplicate question addresses neither my below question #1, nor question #3, nor question #2 except tangentially ...
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Are there rules for categorising all pawn-only endgames into won/drawn/lost?

If a situation containing only pawns and kings is displayed is there a simple set of rules for determining if the position is won/drawn/lost? I know for single pawn and double pawn endgames this is ...
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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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How to mate a king already in the corner with a knight and a bishop?

How can white mate black in 4 moves in this game. This might be easy but I am a beginner. 7k/7N/6K1/8/7p/7B/8/8 w - - 1 0
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Checkmating the bare king with 3 knights – can the mate be forced on any edge square?

In the case where White has King and 3 Knights, and Black has just the bare King, it is known that White can force checkmate. But can White in fact pick any edge square in advance, and force the ...
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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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Forcing a draw with knight and king

Can white force a draw somehow from this position using only his knight and king?
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Are connected doubled (4 pawns on 2 files) a weak structure?

It seems to me to be a very solid structure that can play very good in the endgame. Example: pawns on c2, c3, d2, d3.
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Advantage of Diagonal Opposition

Suppose there are only two pieces on the board, black king and white king. Black king is at g7 and white king is at e5. It's Black's turn to move. So in this case white has the opposition. Black now ...
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How often does each side win in Rook, Bishop and Knight versus Queen?

How often does each side win in Rook, Bishop and Knight versus Queen endings? It is a 6-piece endgame so the evaluation of each position is known but I could not find statistics on this endgame after ...
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How is this stalemate?

My friend played this game as white and wants to know how this is a stalemate. I do not know much about chess and both of us would like to know more about this rule. k7/2Q5/8/P2P4/1R6/8/2P3PP/6K1 w -...
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Endgame analysis : white to play and..?

R3nk21B1K4/4r3/4P3/3Pb3/8/3P4/8/1B1K4 w - - 0 1 White to play and ?, D.Antonini 09/2017 I wouldn't qualify this position as a study, at least according to modern canons for study composition, as ...
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Can White win in this game (Q vs R+N+P)?

Is there any percent chance for the white to win? Seems like greed for the opposite queen on behalf of sacrificing his pieces has cost him this game. The view is from the white player's end.
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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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How can an Elo 1300 player improve his or her endgame?

I have noticed that, among opponents of Elo strength about 1300 (USCF class C to D), many play the opening and midgame almost as well as a 1400- to 1500-strong player but seem suddenly to drop to, say,...
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Is it possible to get DTM of a position from sygyzy tables?

This is a programming question related to chess endgame tables. As far as I know syzygy tables allow me to get WDL and DTZ information for a given position. Is it possible to somehow (without access ...
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Where can I download gaviota endgame tables?

I am looking for a link to download all 5 pieces gaviota endgame tables (which can give me DTM values). A few links from google search (like this) lead me to the site which does not exist.
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Which pieces do I have to keep on the board, to win this endgame?

This will be my first question, so please correct me if I do something wrong. How to win this endgame? More specifically, I want to ask, whether I should trade off pieces and in case of a trade, ...
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Stockfish blunders away a piece

Using stockfish_8_x64 with Arena 3.5.1, I see a weird pick by Stockfish. Start here: White, Stockfish, to move. It plays bb6-g1,losing the bishop and the win. Also strange: the same engine ...
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Endgame study - how much time per exercise

I've decided to give endgame study high priority, and I'm studying Dvoretsky's Endgame Manual, though also glancing around in other books. The issue is, that I'm finding Dvoretsky's exercises really, ...
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Is this endgame (sort-of Q vs K) a draw?

I think the following endgame is a draw. [FEN "7k/5BpP/3K2P1/8/8/8/8/4q3 w - - 0 1"] My reasoning: I'm playing white. I will only move my king, always. Black's king cannot move. If the queen decide ...
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2 rooks vs 2 minor pieces in a pawnless endgame

I know that 2 rooks vs 2 minor pieces is a win for the rooks (at least from the endgame tablebases), but found nothing about the winning strategy. For example, consider the 2 rooks vs 2 bishops ...
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Syzygy 6 man Tablebase Files Question

Is anyone familiar with the .wdl and .dtz formats for the 6 man tablebase that are available? I already confirmed that both aren't needed, however they both store different information. Goal is to ...
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Was there anyway better to play this endgame?

[fen ""] [Result "1-0"] [ICCause "2"] [ICEcause "4"] 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 Nxe4 4.Qe2 Qe7 5.Qxe4 Nc6 6.d4 b6 7.d5 Nxe5 8.Bf4 Nf3+ 9.gxf3 Bb7 10.Nc3 f5 11.d6 cxd6 12.Qxe7+ Bxe7 13.O-O-O O-O ...
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Where to download a 6 man Nalimov endgame tablebase?

Can anyone tell me whereabouts I can download a 6 man Nalimov endgame tablebase? I've seen some websites with 6 man Nalimov (case in point: http://contentdb.emule-project.net/view.php?pid=1630). ...
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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 endgames. More specifically, I want to know how to avoid zugzwang, and what to do in case it arises. If you know of any book which has in-depth case study on ...
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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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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.