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It is a local rule and is not that popular outside a few small areas. In Spain there was a 20 move rule. THE rule is 50 moves, per the laws of chess, without any captures or pawn moves. In special cases more moves are allowed because of the difficulty of mating. One example is the wKKN vs KP endgame in which one knight blocks the pawn from moving while ...


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The position with the longest known sequence away from checkmate haa a mate in 553 moves. It is a computer verified extension of the famous 549 mover (as mentioned in @Phishmaster's answer) found by Lutz Neweklowsky. By "verified," I mean Stockfish agrees with the moves that occur until a 7-piece position occurs, and then we know 100% it is correct from ...


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It would be very helpful if you would post a couple of those games you mentioned that you gave up perpetual check. I would say, "no", there are no stock positions that are meant to avoid perpetual check (at least I cannot think of any now that I would call "common"). You just have to be careful, and be aware of king safety. Sometimes, you just cannot avoid ...


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I find Secrets of Pawnless Endings (Gambit, 2002) by John Nunn (pages 49 to 69) to be the ultimate reference about the KQvKR ending. All steps needed to force Philidor's 1777 position are described precisely, each position showing how to reduce to a previously seen position. The book of course covers stalemate cases (which are all obvious) and what I call "...


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More often than not, the Bishop pair will compensate for doubled pawns in an endgame. Your unopposed bishop would have to be pretty bad (and therefore your overall position) if it's influence did not compensate. In general doubled-pawns are not that bad if you have active piece play. Look at the games from the Kasparov-Short world championship match. ...


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Looks like an easy win for white. You have to be careful how you do it but getting the k to the qside to pick up the rook pawn or else win the bishop as you advance the kpawn without the black king to stop it because it is guarding the rook pawn. putting your pawns on black squares first could block your king from getting to the q side


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It depends on the position, but a bishop is generally considered strong of play is on both sides of the boards and it's an open board. I would think that a sample position would help to understand what are you trying to point out.


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What a beautiful domination of black's king by the knight and pawn setup on c5,e5, white is essentially up a king in this endgame! Given that black is completely unable to create any threats, you have all the tempi to centralize your king and aim for a specific setup thereafter. One potentially simpler plan that springs to mind is, targeting black's weak ...


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First, the good: You are probably winning this throughout the game, and thus, improving your position gradually was the perfect plan. It also was one of the best examples of Shereshevsky's "Do Not Hurry" principle that I have ever seen. Black could do nothing, so gradually improving, and eventually converting, was perfect since you had all the time in the ...


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It is a draw. Black can protect the horsie. And then his pawn chain but then: There is no viable way to force a pawn through where it wont be captured leaving K+N vs K. Which is a draw.


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This was a great game! Hou Yifan brilliantly outplayed her opponent Fabiano Caruana in a very positional middle game, and mind you using the Petroff's defence in the opening, which is Caruana's specialty by any stretch of the word! The endgame was very tricky, and Caruana proved his resilience and held the game to a draw in a very resourceful way, despite ...


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You left out THE single biggest factor in the position, at least initially: The knight has zero mobility. That said, she did, indeed miss two opportunities to win involving a queening scenario, but they were very tricky for a human. I remember this endgame when they played it, and now, the winning idea comes back to me. [Event "Grenke Chess Classic 5th"] ...


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In this position, black clearly is better with heavy pressure down the c-file, but it is clear that c4 is also well defended, and that black cannot bring any additional pressure on c4 except with d5. So, can black do anything else like try and infiltrate with Kg6-h5? I ran some logical lines with Stockfish, but they are labyrinth-like, and while it is clear ...


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It is impossible to know what is in the mind of the person playing. Based on the position, my instinct as if playing blitz, it looks like white wins a pawn or ties down all of whites pieces so the black K can raid the Qside pawns. A computer analysis may find differently especially if it can find a better move to start with. Not sure that it is that ...


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After the Rook exchange you were clearly better. White has a very bad Bishop (which is much less valuable than your Knight) and no opportunity for initiative. Your doubled Pawn is no disadvantage because it cannot be attacked. Both your King and your Knight threaten to infiltrate the weak light squares. Your Knight can walk all over the board while White can ...


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Your evaluation of the position is incorrect, and you are not better, so the idea that you have a win is out of the question with decent play. The white bishop is only partially bad. If he gets in e4, there are really only two pawns then fixed on dark squares. In fact, my initial gut feeling is that it is you, who has more opportunities to go wrong due to ...


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Note: This is an analysis of the position at move 34. Obviously, White's play in the beginning of the endgame was poor and he should never have entered such trouble. Black's advantage is clear and long-lived because he has the better minor piece, a knight vs a bad bishop with a locked center. Whether this advantage is enough for a win requires analysis, of ...


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First, cheer up, this is not an easy endgame and you should not kick yourself for missing a winning move. That said, it is possible to see that 34...Kf5 is your best bet. I'm not a particularly strong player, but: The queenside is locked. You can't make progress based solely on the pawn structure. If White plays a5 you'll never get through. Given enough ...


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This is a stunning endgame. It is impressive how Kasparov perfectly used reserve tempi to reach the winning position in the diagram where triangulation is all that remains after Seirawan's 40. e4?? which was the last move of time-control. After this Seirawan is lost. Seirawan annotates this game in his book full of stories "Chess Duels : My Games with the ...


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In this game Kasparov is showing a perfect demonstration of the triangulation technique in order to Zugzwang the white king. To be in a Zugzwang means, any move loses or more generally, worsens your position, and one cannot simply pass the turn and maintain the position. In the diagrammed position, the key idea to spot is that white would be in Zugzwang ...


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You're overthinking a lot of details and missing the big picture. The first thing you look at in an endgame is the pawn structure. How many pawns on each side, passed pawns, potential passed pawns etc. Where are you able to create a passed pawn and how are you able to turn that into a win. Only after that do you consider the pieces. Try to trade into a ...


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Much wisdom in all of the above, but nobody has yet mentioned the principle of two weaknesses. If the weaker side has a weak pawn that can be attacked, they will be limited in their freedom to manoeuvre, and may be squeezed into zugzwang. However the defender may be able to maintain a defence (Just by keeping a B on a certain diagonal for example) However, ...


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There are two key factors in endgames which you haven't touched on. These are: Calculation Evaluation You need to be able to calculate very well. The endgame is generally the best area of the game for computers because calculation is basically what computers do best. Excellent calculation will allow you to work out the consequences of your alternative ...


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Your question meanders a lot, but I think what you are asking is, “What factors other than king centralization and piece activity are crucial to the endgame?” I have highlighted three areas below in bold that not more important than the other areas discussed, but just that they are not often discussed, so you can take note of them. You hit on a lot of them ...


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Points are irrelevant. Points vary all over the place depending on the actual position. KR vs K has more useful mobility and work together easily to mate. KBB take more effort as you cannot remove a file/rank from the other kings possible moves so you have to think and envision squares that are covered by the Bs. This takes more effort than visualizing ...


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More tactical training. After you have been mated that way once and mated the other king with it a couple of times you will always see it immediately. That mate is so obvious to me now that I see it at a glance. Other mates may take some time to calculate. Do all the smothered mate type tactics problems from some online site and you should be good to go.


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Winning! This is where you convert those small positional advantages into an actual win. Mating happens but is rare as the theme. Promoting a pawn is a big theme in many endgames. Gaining material so you can promote a pawn is important and often involves tactics. Subtlety such as the opposition and timing is important in many endgames. What looks ...


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You seem to have everything covered. Do you have a sample game to share? Perhaps the challenge is to know when to convert one kind of advantage to another, or lack of knowledge of the basic end game positions like in a KRP vs KR ending when the pawn is on the fifth rank and the enemy king is cut off by one file... Maybe it is just that endgames are ...


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What is endgame theory? Endgames are just special cases and principles that have been worked out over analysis of millions of end game positions and then codified into categories of similarities. And it is not easy as there are many special cases and exceptions. You will have to do all that by yourself for your new nuclear version of chess.


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White has a possible way to break in. Just one way. But there is a risk that white might lose if he does that. but the b on h8 is dead so it really does not cost that much to try. I have not analysed in depth so you run through an engine if you care. horsies on a3 and c3, bishop on b2 or c1 and Q on d3 or e2 or f1. and it looks like q on e2 and ...


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Yes this should be drawn because: White has pawns only on one side of the board, and thus cannot overload the bishop (which can sometimes be achieved if you have pawns on both flanks). Black king is well positioned to blockade the pawn advance, and in particular preventing the white king to get to c5 and cover the two connected passers. b5 will always we ...


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You cannot get a definitive answer, but in all likelihood, 99.99% it is a draw no matter who is to move (I am the type of person, who never says I am positive unless there is 100% proof, and that is impossible here, however likely). The overwhelming factor in this position is that the black bishop does not control the a1 square, so even if white had no ...


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