Chess Endgame Strategy: Converting Imbalances – IM Keaton Kiewra
There are too many club players who limit themselves by failing to develop a good chess endgame strategy understanding and technique.
It is this one area that keeps 90% of players firmly in the club player bracket when they are capable of so much more.
In this 5 hour course, experienced chess coach and 9-time Nebraska Champion IM Keaton Kiewra will train you in the skills needed for you to succeed in chess endgame strategy.
These skills will also deepen your understanding and sharpen your technique in all phases of the game.
Master topics like the key endgame imbalances such as Bishop vs. Knight and compensation for a Queen.
IM Kiewra provides you with valuable guiding principles that will serve you well during chess games for years to come.
Maximize your results and achieve your potential with the skills you’ll learn in Keaton Kiewra’s Converting Imbalances for Club Players.
About the Author:
Keaton Kiewra and is an International Master and professional Chess Instructor, his peak FIDE rating so far is 2454 Elo, and as of August 2018, he also has two out of three Grandmaster norms.
IM Kiewra is a very successful coach with students who have won National Scholastic Titles, represented the U.S. at World Youth Championship events, and been consistently ranked towards the top of their age group nationally.
In this essential chess endgame course, IM Kiewra will arm you with valuable knowledge and principles that will allow you to materialize advantages during your chess games.
Is this course for me?
If you’re a club player below 2100 Elo and you want to take your game to a master level, then this course is exactly what you need.
Many players are unable to surpass the club player level, simply because they don’t take chess endgame strategy seriously. This course will arm you with exactly what you need in order to move forward.
Here are some of the things that you’ll learn:
The Bishop vs. Knight Imbalance
One of the most significant imbalances in chess endgames. In theory, both pieces are worth 3 points. However, the pieces are very different from one another and have their own strengths and weaknesses.
That’s why it’s important to know in which situations the knight is stronger and in which situations the bishop is better. Try to use your knowledge of the bishop vs. knight imbalance to steer the position towards a favorable position.
This position illustrates the bishop’s superiority in positions with pawns on both sides of the board.
White’s bishop attacks the b6 pawn and also defends the kingside from afar. Black’s knight has to passively defend the pawn. It does not play an active role.
Normally, the bishop is the superior piece in open positions because open positions often require speed.
Don’t just follow the principles blindly.
They are just guidelines to help you in most chess endgames, but they can’t be applied in every situation. Each position is unique so you can’t just rely on the general rules of thumb.
If you’re playing a pawn ending and it comes down to a pawn race, for example, following the endgame principle “don’t hurry” is definitely counterproductive! Centralization of the king doesn’t make sense in every kind of endgame either: in a queen endgame, you need to check whose king is safer. If you have a rook ending, you need to check whose king is more active. IM Kiewra explains all of these subtleties and more.
Note that many of the strategies presented in this course appear again and again. These strategies are guidelines you can use to navigate more confidently through any endgame you come across.
You can regard these techniques as a mental toolbox to dip into during endgame play.