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Questions relating to the final stages of a game of chess, when only few pieces are left on the board.

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On average, how many pawns are there at the start of the endgame?

Question: On average, how many pawns are there at the start of the endgame? … This is about half what I think the average for start of endgame in regular chess/9LX is. …
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On average, how many pawns are there at the start of the endgame?

for all games in magnus carlsen world standard and world fischer random chess championship matches (basically all world championship matches except world rapid and world blitz) Average throughout all …
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What should be my move as white and what kind endgame should i target?

Lichess: 1r1q2k1/1p4b1/1n2p1p1/p3Pr1p/P2PRP1P/R1P5/1P6/3Q2K1 w - - 0 1 There's not really any hope here unless black is down a lot of time, and there's no increment or something. White is down 2 pawns …
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Pogchamps: How does Michelle Khare beat Pokimane (rook and knight vs rook pair)?

Note 2: This might be covered in Karsten Müller's endgame series probably Volumes 9 or 12, but I think it was covered a bit in Volumes 1, 2 or 4. …
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How many pawns make up for a missing queen in the endgame?

The answers are pretty good, but what I'm not seeing in the other answers is the elementary endgame theory of queen vs pawn: Theory: Theoretically even 1 pawn can make up for a queen. … Check out Queen versus pawn endgame (try watching some videos eg gotham chess or josh waitzkin): For king and queen vs king and pawn, when the pawn is on its seventh rank, this can be theoretically drawn …
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Is there a mathematical theorem that you can use to win a chess endgame?

Well the whole of chess / 9LX isn't solved, but there are endgame sort of 'theorems' in the sense that there are positions that are provably wins/draws and so if you know the theorems and their proofs, … or 'which opening leads to early queen trades (or reaches endgame early)?' …
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Ulf Andersson vs Robert Huebner 1981 rook endgame: the mistake here is Rd8 right?

The way Rd8 is described makes me think Rd8 is some natural defensive move in a rook endgame that is already winning for white. … Similar question: akiba rubinstein vs alexander alekhine 1911 rook endgame: the mistake here is Rxb5 right? …
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akiba rubinstein vs alexander alekhine 1911 rook endgame: the mistake here is Rxb5 right?

Click here for engine re position below 8/p2k4/1p4p1/1P1p2K1/3P1P2/R3P3/8/1r6 b - - 0 1 The way it's described by hanging pawns in A Rook Endgame Lesson with Akiba Rubinstein at 29:09 (the game is discussed … Similar question: Ulf Andersson vs Robert Huebner 1981 rook endgame: the mistake here is Rd8 right? …
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How does Anna Rudolf beat Hikaru Nakamura in this rook vs queen endgame fortress that came f...

I tried checking out lichess and it seems an idea is to trade rook and pawn for queen but even though it's 2 pawn vs 2 pawns, the pawn endgame is winning for black (Anna). … Below is what I got from the 1st time I pressed spacebar until the pawn endgame. (At higher depth, I didn't get this again.) [FEN "8/5p2/8/2qkp3/4R1P1/5P2/3KP3/8 b - - 0 1"] 1... Qa7 2. …
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What's the idea of 'all rook endgames are drawn' ? i think opposite coloured bishop endgames...

Even in my own games, this is the easiest kind of endgame to see its (insane) drawish tendency. … in rook endgames, but then the difficulty here doesn't mean there aren't more difficult endgames to win (eg 2 pawns up in either queen endgame or opposite coloured bishop endgame). …
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Josh Waitzkin chessmaster mastery quiz - order of check vs trade in bishop and knight endgame [closed]

Update: The computer aspect of this can be answered with showing more lines such as in the lichess engine where Bxh3 is strongly preferable to a5+. Note: See this meta post. In re the answer of Brian …
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Before Qe6 in game 6 of the 2021 World Chess Championship, was it really a draw?

In game 6 of the World Championship 2021 between Magnus Carlsen and Ian Nepomniachtchi, before Qe6 the engine says +0.9 at around depth 30/99, but I heard supposedly it's a (theoretical) draw. I know …
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