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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Is it possible to checkmate with rook and knight against just king?

I have a pawnless game with a rook, knight, and king against just a king. Can I checkmate from this position? [FEN "8/8/8/8/1n6/8/2rk4/1K6 w - - 0 1"]
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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 position? This might be easy but I am a beginner. 7k/7N/6K1/8/7p/7B/8/8 w - - 1 0
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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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How does the last move in the Michael Adams vs Anatoly Karpov game result in the end of the match?

In the Michael Adams vs Anatoly Karpov (1994, Dortmund GER, rd 1, Jul-15 ) match (moves listed [here][1]), the last move is indeed a check to the black king, but why did the match end after that ? I ...
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Good master games for learning how to win from a superior position

I have recently managed to build up my opening repertoire to something that will no longer cause me to fall into lost positions against decent players, so I can no longer blame my losses upon bad ...
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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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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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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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How to mathematically determine if king and pawn versus king endgame is a draw or a win?

I am aware of questions such as this one which discussed a method of determining if a king pawn vs king endgame is a draw or not. The accepted answer gave detailed guidelines but is not mathematically ...
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Can black get a stalemate?

Can Black somehow get a stalemate against the White King-Queen combination or should he try to save his pawn as long as he can? 8/8/5K2/4Q3/4p3/3k4/8/8 b - - 0 1
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Engine evaluation in endgame not increasing, what it means?

I have plenty of endgames that engine evaluates like +1, even +2, not changing much for like 50-100 halfmoves, repeating, playing without plan. Defending side seems to be always just in time on right ...
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Public higher-order endgame tablebases for *common* positions?

It's easy for me to locate 6-piece tablebases online for free (e.g. lichess), and I know 7-piece tablebases exist (cf. Lomonosov tablebase), but I don't know of any easy way to access them. However, ...
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Is this endgame scenario winnable for white?

[title "White to move"] [fen "8/8/4kr1Q/1p2pp2/1P1n4/p3K3/P7/8 w - - 0 1"] I’m looking at this current position, and I think I'm going to lose, as I have limited mobility with both my king and queen. ...
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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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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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Can black make any progress in this end game?

I have been analyzing this endgame for a while now, but I can't seem to make any progress. The engine evaluation is -2.5, but I'm wondering if this is one of those weird evaluations that is wrong ...
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Is a rook ending where the winning side has a passed g and d pawns drawn? [closed]

The passed pawns are g and d pawns. Can the losing side draw such a rook endgame? Can you give some examples to how or why it can't be drawn?
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Endgame books or web-sources

What books or web-sources have people worked with to improve their endgame? I have gone over Silman's Complete Endgame Course: From Beginner to Master and Understanding Chess Endgames. I feel good ...
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How does one become a theoretician?

What does it mean to be an opening theoretician, and how does one achieve this status? Does it imply that one should not be an active tournament player? Apart from opening theoreticians are there ...
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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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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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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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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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“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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Rules for ending a chess game

I have seen many games that do not end by checkmate but still say 0-1 or 1-0. The following picture also shows that the game did not end but White won. Can anyone please explain this.
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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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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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What are the possible terms for interference in the bishop endgame?

In various positions in elementary bishop endgames, the stronger side tries to prevent the sacrifice of the bishop for the last remaining pawn by interposing the diagonal with the bishop. For example, ...
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Can white really not win this rook endgame?

When playing against a player rated ~2500 Stockfish 8 managed merely to draw when playing white. This was the endgame before the draw (the draw occurred because it was king vs. king in the end). ...
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SyzygyPath in asmFish

Can someone point to me whereabouts in asmFish I can hardcode the SyzygyPath into the source code. I can do it in StockFish 8, however I've yet to find it in the source code of asmFish. I'll be using ...
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How do you apply schematic thinking to one's own chess games?

I can never figure out how to come out with many micro plans in an endgame. I'm not sure in which order they should be applied as well. How do you apply schematic thinking to one's own endgames?
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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 Black create the second weakness?

I have played blitz game on lichess as Black and entered into drawn bishop endgame. My opponent tried to force the matters and lost in the end but at some point very interesting position arose, where ...
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Engame trainer software

I am learning chess endgames, and I am looking for a software/website, where I can just practice end games with a computer having limited pieces. For example, if I want to practice queen mate with a ...
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Adventures in the ODCL Pt. 2 - How about this endgame?

Another week, another match, and this time as Board 2 for the second team instead of bottom board for the firsts. Background: In the review my rating has gone up slightly to 142 ECF (~1765 Elo). My ...
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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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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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How do you win with a queen against a rook? [duplicate]

It is considered that a Queen and King beats a Rook and King. Yet, the technique can be tricky. How is it done the best way?
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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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How would you evaluate this king and pawn endgame for white, and what's the best book to study King and pawn endgames?

I would like to learn more tricks and ideas behind these complicated endgames. For example, here is a game I played where I got into one (I was playing white). [fen ""] [Startply "83"] 1. e4 e6 2. ...
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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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King move to other side

During a game of chess, after several moves. Is it an automatic win as soon as you get your king all the way across the board? I was told this is a tournament rule.
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If we move white's bishop to a dark square in the Fisher-Taimanov (1971) bishop vs. knight endgame, can white still win?

My coach showed me a famous game Fisher vs. Taimanov (1971) where Fisher expertly used the bishop's advantage over a knight in an endgame. [fen ""] [White "Robert James Fischer"] [Black "Mark ...
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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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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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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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Can one win with two dark square bishops and two light square bishops and his opponent has only one queen?

Can one win with two dark square bishops and two light square bishops and his opponent has only one queen? I remember seeing this endgame being analyzed in a video around 10 years ago (and I think ...
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How to be more aware of smothered mate opportunities?

I've been playing ChessAcademy'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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From which top class game is the endgame motive?

I think this happened in Kasparov game but I am not sure about that. It was minor piece endgame with quite blocked queenside. Black took pawn on the kingside (h4 maybe) and white, instead of 'obvious' ...
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Longest sequence with only moves to draw without a repetition

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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