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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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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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Teaching endgame ideas to children

I am looking for some advice and pointers on teaching young kids about endgame ideas. (Say for children ~8 years old). I am asking specifically regarding my nephew, but I have seen this happen to ...
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Sharp pawn endgame - can it be calculated to the end? With Computer engine?

White to move, here is a brief summary of my analysis where I attempted to determine exact evaluation. Number of pawns is equal but White's 2 pawns on the queenside are held by one Black's pawn, so in ...
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Eight pawns vs seven exercise: how to win?

I had been thinking about exercises to help players <1400 gain confidence. For instance, they should feel confident they can always win with queen and king vs king, or rook and king vs king, even ...
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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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Drawn R+2P vs R endgame

I remember a recent(1-2 years) drawn (super)grandmaster game in which white had 2 connected pawns and a rook, while black had a rook. I later learned that it was a theoretical draw, which quite ...
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endgame with single Bishop or single Knight?

If given the choice should I opt for an endgame with a single Bishop or a single Knight? I understand Bishops increase in value in the endgame but is the disadvantage of covering only half the squares ...
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Which openings give a winning pawn-structure in the endgame?

For example in the Exchange Variation of the Spanish 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Bxc6 dxc6, White gives Black the Bishop pair, but gains a potentially winning pawns-only endgame. Are there other ...
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What is the importance of pawns in the endgame?

How important is it to have more pawns in the endgame phase? Does the power of the individual pawns decrease or increase as the game progresses and why?
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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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Analysis of a very complicated end position - why is this move leading to a draw?

I am trying to understand this position a bit better and would appreciate some help in doing so. I am black and it's my turn... (the board is flipped .. ie. black plays up and white plays down) [FEN "...
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Human-like engine for endgame training

I am doing endgame training with LucasChess (LC), but the problem is not really related to LC, but to chess engines in general. I have this problem: See picture. When I move Kh6 in this position, ...
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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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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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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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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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Dvoretsky's Endgame Manual vs Fundamental Chess Endings

I want to know what the differences are between "Dvoretsky's Endgame Manual" and "Fundamental Chess Endings". I want to know also if these books are compatible, I mean, if I buy for example "...
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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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Is always possible to win King + Queen vs. King + Rook?

Does every situation (except where the Queen team gets mated or the Queen is captured immediately) result in a win for the Queen team? Or can the Rook team, by perfect play, force a stalemate?
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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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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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KN vs. KN: can I force my opponent to take my knight?

Position with KN vs KN aren't automatically drawn because checkmate is possible, even though it can't be forced; however, KN vs K is automatically drawn because checkmate isn't even possible with the ...
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How to improve on the early endgame?

The late middlegame/early endgame is by far my weakest point. I often get some kind of advantage in the opening, but then struggle to convert. I do study endgames, for example I am currently reading ...
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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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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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How to win using Lucena position?

For the ones that never heard of the Lucena position, it a position where we have a KRP+KR ending, and the side with the extra pawn has his king in front of the pawn. The problem is that when you try ...
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Is this endgame position a theoretical win or draw?

The following tactics problem comes from ChessTempo, and was taken from a game between Anatoly Karpov and Alexey Kuzmin. It's white's move. The idea of the problem is to find white's best move from ...
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How can I train myself in pawn endgames?

I'm looking for a chess program which offers to play pawn endgames to improve myself. For example, can I force Fritz 13 to play pawns endgames? If so, how can I achieve this?
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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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Pawn Promotion Endgame Problem-White to move and 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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How to study endgames?

There are lot of recommendations on what endgame books you should read and study. But reading is just passive learning, and not so efficient. If the book doesn't contain exercises, what is the best ...
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Is the Queen plus pawn versus Queen endgame always a draw?

In a Queen + King versus Queen + King endgame (including zero or more pawns) these is a strong draw tendency due to the fact that a Queen can deliver multiple checks in a row to the opponents open ...
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How did I still lose with 1 piece advantage?

Throughout the game, I thought I had a positional and piece advantage, but I STILL LOST! What did I do wrong? (using Ruy Lopez btw) [FEN ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. Nc3 a6 5. Bxc6 ...
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Which one is more important between endgame studies and tactics?

One strong player once told me that you can improve quickly if you focus more on endgame studies than on tactics training. His reasoning was that endgame studies use a few pieces to cover most of the ...
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R+3P vs B+N+3P ending. Win or draw, and plans for both players

In a recent game I reach this position (white to play). I was playing white and eventually lost the game. [fen "1R6/5pkp/4n1p1/8/3b1P2/6P1/7P/7K w - - 1 51"] 1.Kg2 h5 2.h3?! h4! 3.f5 gxf5 4.gxh4 Bf6 ...
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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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Could White have won this double rook endgame?

I reached this position as white that led to a draw: [FEN ""] [White "Bad_Bishop"] [Black ""] [StartPly "61"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 dxc4 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. e3 Bg4 5. Bxc4 e6 6. h3 Bh5 7. Nc3 ...
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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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Rook ending with single distant passed pawn

6k1/1R5p/6p1/p7/8/7P/r5P1/6K1 w - a6 0 33 Is it possible for White to hold a draw in this position? If so, what is the strategy? Typically I lose these ones and draw when it's me with the extra pawn....
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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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Why is white in trouble in the following endgame?

Playing white against my computer I ended up in the following position (with white to move). To me it looked about even, but no matter what I tried I kept losing the position, and indeed stockfish ...
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What are the main strategic concepts in the Grunfeld?

I recently picked up on the Grunfeld and I am quite pleased with this opening. To improve my skill at playing this opening; What are the most important strategic/thematic concepts that I should ...
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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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Is this a fortress?

I have just played a thoroughly enjoyable game, where in the middlegame I was forced to give up the queen for two minor pieces and defend. After 30 moves and some trades, the situation got simplified ...
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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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Can SCID be configured so that engines use Endgame Tablebases?

I set the options in Scid VS. PC 4.8, so that Tablebase information shows up in game information window (when 5 piece endgame is reached. But when I turn on an analysis engine, it still does not ...
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Endgame Fortresses

[fen "6r1/1p3k2/2rb1p1p/3NpP1P/PpPp2pR/1P1K2P1/4RP2/8 b - - 0 1"] If Black holds his bishop on c5, rook on a8/a5 (if a5 is a threat), rook on g8 (protect g4) or the 8th rank, is there any way for ...
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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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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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Which of these two endgame books?

I am a beginner (approximately 1400) seeking to improve my endgame technique. Which one of these books would you recommend as suitable for my strength and why? 100 Endgames you must know by Jesus de ...