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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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Does white really have a win in this pawn ending, as claimed by Tim Krabbé?

Update: ​ ​ ​ ​ I emailed Tim Krabbé, and he agrees that ​ 41. b4 bxa4 ​ draws. He has posted a PS about this just under his old analysis. With respect to "Skawinski - Tomczak, European ch rapid, ...
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End Game - Queen + Rook vs Queen

Today, when I was playing end game I had a queen, a rook and a king (no pawns). My opponent had just a queen. It was his turn (the board was pretty blank) and he started giving continuous checks. I ...
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chess endgame database + 50-move rule = potential error?

Are there any examples of positions where usage of the endgame tablebase gives an incorrect evaluation, due to the ignoring of the 50-move rule. At the moment I am not sure if endgame tablebases ...
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How do you draw in an opposite color bishops endgame with two pawns down?

Is it possible to draw in such an endgame? Are there exceptions? If so, what are they?
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Key-Squares in Pawn Endgames

In an instructional video, I have found this position: The instructor (Dr Muller) says about key squares that are marked with green. I am unable to get the idea behind how Dr Muller determined these ...
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Which openings lead to unbalanced endgames?

Some openings often lead to "unbalanced" endgames, where both white and black have their advantages and disadvantages. For instance, in the Berlin endgame, white has a lead in development and a ...
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Unlearning myths from the mind of an experienced club player

I recently met a club player who had been playing chess for 23 years, but couldn't improve his ELO more that 1800. When I played with him, I found his tactical skills are good, moderate endgame ...
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How to Win King vs Pawn in this Situation

I read from this website (example 2) that you can win the game in the following situation: [Title "Black to move - Black's POV"] [fen "8/8/8/5PK1/1r1k4/8/8/8 b - - 0 59"] I play as black. I want to ...
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Can not determine the result of this endgame

The endgame is shown in diagram, and I have also submitted the moves from the actual game. I want to know if any side can win, or is it really a draw. Support your claims with illustrative lines, ...
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Can White win the endgame from game Kramnik-Carlsen, London 2010?

[Title "White to move"] [fen "8/6p1/7p/2k5/8/p5P1/B5P1/6K1 w - - 0 1"] Can White win this endgame?
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How to know when it is time to trade down to an endgame? [duplicate]

Sirs, After considerable endgame study (i.e. Jeremy Silman's complete endgame course), I am finding that there is a wealth of information about how to win endgames. However, I am noticing that there ...
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Is it possible to draw this endgame where I blundered my queening pawn?

Move 13 (54 in actual game) is when I blundered my last pawn due to pressure of the Blitz game (probably). Even with seemingly equal material, the position is dreaded as the Black's pawns are more ...
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Endgames with long king marches

I am doing a study that focuses on endgames which involve well-timed king marches, namely endgames in which the winning idea lies mainly in king positioning rather than the coordination of minor ...
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Study endgame first before studying opening? Is it true?

While looking for and comparing suggestions that will help me to improve in chess, I have noticed that some people and some chess book authors suggest that you should study the endgame first. Some ...
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When to transition into an ending

I know the rule of thumb about trading pieces when you have a lead (and pawns when you're behind), but how does one decide an advantage is sufficient enough to transition into an ending by trading ...
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How to challenge a queen with a bishop pair in endgame?

Any hints how to survive or win having a bishop pair against a Queen in endgames. What you should do? how to cooperate between them? what's the opponent best strategies?
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Is this endgame a draw? 2 Bishops + 4 Pawns vs Queen + 1 Pawn

I am having this position, I am black: So I have both bishops + 4 pawns = 6.5 points + 4 points = 10.5 points. The opponent has a queen + 1 pawn = 10 points. I know how to challenge a queen with 2 ...
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Endgame FEN generator

is it possible to generate FEN strings for endgames based on specific criteria: n-pieces, w/d/l, and side to move? So say I wanted all FEN strings for King plus Rook vs King plus Pawn (KPKR) ...
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Endgame statistics [duplicate]

I am looking for information on W/D/L results for specific endgame configurations based on perfect play, not based on databases of actual games. For example, in the endgame King plus Rook vs King ...
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Wording of Troitsky line rule

The current Wikipedia article on the two knights endgame states: For the position with White to move, Troitsky established that if a black pawn is securely blockaded (by one of the white knights) ...
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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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How do I promote my pawn when the king blocks it?

I was playing ChessEndGames and ran into this position (white to move): [fen "5k2/8/4PK2/8/8/8/8/8 w - - 0 1"] I can't get my pawn to promote. As soon as I do e7, black follows with Ke8. If I do Ke5,...
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Interesting Ending Knight + pawn vs Rook - main plans (white and black)

From the feedback received I updated the main line (from pos 39). I post an update of this endgame. Now it is more clear that f7 is a weak point, and it is tricky for black to try to stop the two ...
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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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How can the moves from this pawn endgame study be found without a computer?

[FEN "8/1p5k/1P1p4/3p4/3Pp2p/2K1P2p/7P/8 w - - 0 0"] [PlyCount "21"] 1. Kb2 Kg8 2. Ka1 Kf8 3. Ka2 Ke7 4. Kb3 Kd7 5. Kb4 Kc6 6. Ka5 Kd7 7. Kb4 Ke6 8. Kc3 Kf6 9. Kc2 Kg5 10. Kd1 Kg4 11. Ke2 In this ...
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Could black have saved the rook-endgame?

[Event "FIDE Women's World Chess Championship"] [Site "Sochi RUS"] [Date "2015.03.27"] [Round "4.2"] [White "Dronavalli Harika"] [Black "Meri Arabidze"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "D03"] [WhiteElo "2492"] [...
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“Dead-draw” endgame lost?

Are there examples of games between notable players where "dead-draw" endgames were lost ? For examples : Both players had three connected pawns on the f-g-h-file (or a-b-c file) without free ...
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Did black have a chance to save the rook endgame?

[Event "FIDE Women's World Chess Championship"] [Site "Sochi RUS"] [Date "2015.03.24"] [Round "3.2"] [White "Natalia Pogonina"] [Black "Marie Sebag"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "D46"] [PlyCount "134"] [...
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Only the king remains, but he is stuck, can't move [duplicate]

I played with my friend yesterday, and we reached a point when I cornered him from everywhere. I had a queen and a king, and he had only his king left, but he could not do any move because any move ...
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How can I teach the endgame to someone who feels it is “boring”?

I have a student who is in the 1600-1700 range, who has lost his last few games due to improper handling of endgame positions. Some were drawn, which he lost; some winning which he drew; and some ...
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Complete game Szabo-Groszpeter, Kecskemet 1984

I'm looking for the complete game Szabo-Groszpeter, Kecskemet 1984. The following knight endgame was reached and White won eventually with the paradoxal move Kb8!! blocking his b-pawn on b7. [fen "8/...
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Which openings offer the best chances to reach an endgame quickly?

If you are strong at endgames, which openings are favorouble for you because they tend to lead quickly to an endgame ?
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Do 5 connected pawns usually win against a rook?

Suppose, white has 5 connected pawns, black only a rook. Under normal circumstances (black cannot immediately win a pawn, the white pawns are not too far advanced, say on the rows 2 to 4, black's ...
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Can the bishops and knights triumph over the queen?

I heard that two bishops and two knights have good winning chances against the queen according to the 7-man tablebases. Unfortunately, even the pawnless 7-man tablebases are not available online. So, ...
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What is the result of this pawn-endgame with perfect play by both sides?

W : Kg2 , Pa2, b2, c2 S : Kb7 , Pf7, g7, h7 White to move [fen "8/1k3ppp/8/8/8/8/PPP3K1/8 w - - 0 1"] Houdini's shootout ended in a black win with depth 23 Ply and a white win with depth 25 Ply.
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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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Looking for a comfortable DTC endgame database

The only online endgame database supporting DTC (Depth To Conversion) that I know of is jaet. Unfortunately for me, the positions can only be entered by FEN. It is not possible to drag pieces, as I ...
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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 & Longest Checkmates (DTM, DTC and DTZ) in the endgame KRPP vs. KRP

Are there any surveys on mutual zugzwang positions and the longest checkmates (split into categories of DTM, DTC and DTZ) in the endgame KRPP vs. KRP (King+Rook+2 Pawns vs. King+Rook+Pawn)? ...
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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 ...