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Chess Statistics: Most Often Occuring Endgames in Chess E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Thursday, 25 October 2012 20:17

chess endgamesToday  we will talk a little bit more about chess statistics.

The last time we covered Top 10 Best Openings for White and Black and today you will see exactly what types of endgames are the most common in the game of chess.

Take a guess what types of endgames are the most common in chess: Two Rooks vs. Two Rooks, Bishop vs. Knight or Rook vs. Rook?  You can check your solution viewing the full article.


Endgame frequency table

Percent

White Pieces

Black Pieces

8.45

rook

rook

6.76

rook & bishop

rook & knight

3.45

two rooks

two rooks

3.37

rook & bishop

rook & bishop (same color)

3.29

bishop

knight

3.09

rook & knight

rook & knight

2.87

king & pawns

king (and pawns)

1.92

rook & bishop

rook & bishop (opposite color)

1.87

queen

queen

1.77

rook & bishop

rook

1.65

bishop

bishop (same color)

1.56

knight

knight

1.51

rook

bishop

1.42

rook & knight

rook

1.11

bishop

bishop (opposite color)

1.01

bishop

pawns

0.97

rook

knight

0.92

knight

pawns

0.90

queen & minor piece

queen

0.81

rook

two minor pieces

0.75

rook

pawns

0.69

queen

rook & minor piece

0.67

rook & pawn

rook

0.56

rook & two pawns

rook

0.42

queen

pawns

0.40

queen

rook

0.31

queen

two rooks

0.23

king & one pawn

king

0.17

queen

minor piece

0.09

queen & one pawn

queen

0.08

queen

two minor pieces

0.02

bishop & knight

king

0.01

queen

three minor pieces

So, the most popular endgame (according to Müller & Lamprecht 2001:11–12, 304) is Rook vs. Rook ending, it appears in about 8.5% of all chess games. That must be an endgame to study if you want to win more games!

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    Comments  

     
    0 #5 Md. Abu hanif 2014-08-24 23:11
    That's only 53.1% as I calculated! Where is other 46.9%! Could not understand.
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    +3 #4 William Berry 2014-02-28 16:25
    No pawns, just rook vs. rook? How long did they play it out? :lol:
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    +7 #3 Michael 2012-11-19 06:28
    Similar analysis plus endgame blunder rate: chess-db.com/.../...
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    +1 #2 virtual girlfriend 2012-11-08 05:08
    Amazing!It's nice to know,these endings... and its very helpful for someone new to ending theory,that by learning to deal with the most common endings that you will be able to apply it in games that get to that stage.
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    +5 #1 virtual girlfriend 2012-11-08 05:06
    Amazing!It's nice to know,these endings... and its very helpful for someone new to ending theory,that by learning to deal with the most common endings that you will be able to apply it in games that get to that stage.
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