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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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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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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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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How to make a plan in an endgame?

I need help on how to improve my thinking about endgames and how to produce a plan, what should I focus on and what should I not?
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For how long can lone bishop stop king, knight and pawn?

Recently I found quite surprising evaluations for me, especially in KNPP vs. KB, where the defending side could hold a draw just with waiting moves, not winning one of the pawns immediately. The h+f ...
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Can Black win this bishop endgame?

[Title "White to move"] [fen "8/p3k3/1p2b2p/2pBPpp1/7P/P1P1K1P1/2P5/8 w - - 0 1"] Computer played 1.c4?after which I played 1...Bxd5!and the pawn endgame was lost for White. I wonder if there was a ...
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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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How do grandmasters prepare against computer endgames?

This question is a sequel to an earlier one . Just as in the openings, computers dominate endgames. Endgame tablebases provide an exhaustive analysis of endgame positions with a small number of ...
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Can a player capture en passant two times in a row?

Suppose that there are only two pawns that White can use to put the Black king in check that are on the board. But in both cases, the pawns need to move past Black pawns, risking en passant capture to ...
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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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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 makes chess engines so good at chess?

Computers are thought to calculate every possible move. However, for eg. there are about 20 possible first moves and 20 possible responses to that and so by this logic the no. of positions after for ...
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Does the Lomonosov Tablebase (and others) include extra material positions such as KQQvKQQQ?

Lomonosov Endgame Tablebase says it includes all endgames with 7 pieces. But does that include things like KQQ v KQQQ? At every possible position? Such things seem highly unlikely, but theoretically ...
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How do you hold a draw with a bishop against a rook?

Bishop and King versus Rook and King is a draw. Yet it is easy to go wrong and lose. How do you hold a draw?
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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 to improve my early endgame / late middlegame?

When I search for books on the middlegame versus the endgame, I usually find discussions about positions that have almost nothing to do with each other: the former being rich with strategies with ...
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In a KP-K endgame, if the enemy king is in front of the pawn, is it always a draw?

In a KP-K endgame, if the enemy king is in front of the pawn, is it always a draw? I've tried it in various positions, yet my opponent always is able to get in front somehow and promote the pawn. I ...
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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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chess book for kids (9-11 y.o.)

Are there any chess books accessible for kids in the 9-11 age range that don't waste the first half of the book teaching how the pieces move, castling rules and en passant capture? I am expecting some ...
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How does one apply the Principle of Two Weaknesses into their own game?

This sounds like a powerful technique. The problem is that I don't know how to give my opponent two weaknesses when they have none. Any advice? Ideas I've seen are pushing the rook pawns and ...
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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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Is this endgame winnable for White?

Playing White against a computer, I reached this position (White to move): [fen "8/5pp1/p4k2/5n1p/1PN5/P7/5PPP/6K1 w - - 0 1"] White has a queenside pawn majority, but Black's king is closer to the ...
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Adventures from the ODCL - How To Play The Endgame?

Well the league restarted after the Christmas break this week and here's much of my latest effort with a couple of questions afterwards - I haven't shown the whole game for reasons that I hope will ...
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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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Is the following endgame position a draw or white has advantage?

Hello, this is my first question on this site. Is the above position a draw or an advantage for white? I checked a few engines at different depths, some say it is advantage for white , some say it is ...
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Endgames: How was “maximum moves required” determined before tablebases?

To use a simple example, tablebases show that KQ vs. K is won in at most ten moves. But chess books going back many decades, well before tablebases, say the same thing. How was this calculated?
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Steps to checkmate in my endgame position

There is a black bishop at a4, black queen at b4, a black king at e5 and a white king at c1. There is a checkmate in 3 moves. I want to know what the moves are. [FEN "8/8/8/4k3/bq6/8/8/2K5 b - - 0 1"]...
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KRPP vs KRP - maximum depth to conversion?

I am trying to learn single rook endgames with two pawns against one, with added stipulation that the two pawns of the attacking side are on neighboring files with the pawn of the defending side also ...
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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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Queenside vs Kingside pawn majority: Looking for comprehensive resources

I am looking for a resource that describes plans for both sides in the following pawn structure: [Title "Queenside vs Kingside pawn majority"] [fen "8/pp3ppp/4p3/8/2P5/8/PP3PPP/8 w - - 0 1"] This ...
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What chess endgame rules have few or no exceptions?

I don't mean rules like "rooks behind passed pawns" that work a lot but also have a huge number of exceptions. Rather, I mean endgame rules that either have no exceptions, or else a sufficiently small ...
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How does black ensure a draw in this R+3P vs. r+2p endgame with all pawns on the same side?

From a recent world-championship game Fabiano Caruana vs Magnus Carlsen (2018), the players agreed to a draw here: [Title "Black to move"] [FEN "8/1r3kp1/7p/7P/4R1P1/6K1/5P2/8 b - - 2 54"] However, ...
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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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Can White win this knight endgame?

[Title "Black to move"] [StartFlipped "0"] [fen "8/p2N1pk1/1pn1p1p1/2p1P2p/5P1P/2P3P1/PP6/6K1 b - - 0 1"] I thought that I had advantage as White since I was able to temporarily cutt off Black king. ...
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Is there a Web Service available for 6-piece endgame tablebases?

I use the LokaSoft web service for 5-piece endgames, but cannot find one for 6 pieces. BTW, by web service I mean a software function capable of being called over the internet (see http://en....
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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.
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Pawns In The Bishop Endgames

Are there any general guidelines to choose the square colour for your own pawns in bishop endgames? Especially in knight vs bishop endgames, would you put your pawns on same coloured squares as the ...
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Which side has the advantage?

In this game, I made an early exchange of my queen for his rook and bishop. At the time, I was ahead, though he managed to bring it back to roughly even with an effective threat on the queen side. ...
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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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How to force engine (eg. Stockfish) to play position till checkmate in Lucas Chess?

I am training endgames using Lucas Chess and playing the position from FEN against Stockfish. But sometimes I would like to have engines play the position with itself. I can achieve this in Lucas ...
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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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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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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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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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What should I play in this BvN endgame position?

[Black "DrZ214"] [fen "8/5p2/6k1/3KP3/6Np/8/8/b7 b - - 0 1"] 1... f5 2.Nh2 f4 3.e6 Kf6 4.Kd6 Be5 5.Kd7 Note: The board is from black's perspective. Black to move. I was black and lost this endgame, ...
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Not in stalemate, but why is this a draw?

I was practicing with stockfish level 8, having two rooks in the endgame whereas stockfish has only one. At the 78th move, it was declared as a draw. But, it was not a stalemate. Can anyone please ...
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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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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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Can black win in this KR vs. KN endgame?

If white has the next move, can black still win the game? The players accepted the draw here, but I am not sure if it is still a draw. [fen "8/8/3k4/4NK2/8/8/8/6r1 w - - 0 1"]
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What's the winning box for the King in a Queen against 7th rank Bishop-pawn endgame?

In a Queen vs Pawn endgame where the pawn is a Rook pawn on the 7th rank, it is a draw unless the King is inside the winning box, as shown here: My question is what is that winning box if the pawn is ...

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