IM John-Paul Wallace, GM Jesse Kraai and IM David Vigorito analyze endgames with pawns.
- In king and pawn endings, an extra pawn is decisive in more than 90 percent of the cases
- In endgames with pieces and pawns, an extra pawn is a winning advantage in 50 to 60 percent of the cases. It becomes more decisive if the stronger side has a positional advantage.
- The king plays an important role in the endgame.
- The initiative is more important in the endgame than in other phases of the game. In rook endgames, the initiative is usually worth at least a pawn.
- Two connected passed pawns are very strong. If they reach their sixth rank they are generally as powerful as a rook.
Content: Over 3 hours of instruction and analysis in a series of 8 lectures.
Recommended for: Beginner through Advanced Players.
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GM Jesse Kraai currently resides in Berkeley, California. His most notable chess achievements are winning the Denker Tournament of High School Champions in 1989 and 1990, and competing in the US championship from 2002-2006. Jesse received his final GM norm at the Foxwoods Open 2007 and has a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Heidelberg. Jesse is an active chess coach.
IM John-Paul Wallace is from Sydney, Australia currently residing in London, England. John-Paul was the youngest Australian Chess Champion ever at the age of 17 in 1993-94. John-Paul has also won the 2003 Pratt Foundation Australian Open Chess Championship and has represented Australia in two chess Olympiads.
IM David Vigorito is the 2007 Massachusetts Champion. He has been the state champion of New Hampshire and Nevada. David rated at 2479 in USCF and is the Champion of the Boylston (Boston) Chess Club. He played in the 2006 U.S. Championship after finishing in a tie for 3rd place at the U.S. Open in Phoenix. David is a successful chess author – his Challenging the Nimzo-Indian is very well received by critics and players alike
- Pawn Endgames:
Zugzwang, Opposition, and Triangulation
Run Time: 00:20:18 – GM Jesse Kraai
- Pawn Endgames: 101
Run Time: 00:29:39 – IM John-Paul Wallace
- Pawn Endgames: 102
Run Time: 00:23:18 – IM John-Paul Wallace
- Pawn Endgames: 103: Triangulation and Shouldering
Run Time: 00:28:58 – IM John-Paul Wallace
- Pawn Endgames: 104: GM Blunders
Run Time: 00:24:44 – IM John-Paul Wallace
- Pawn Endgames: 105: Queen versus Pawn and Other Studies
Run Time 00:24:01 – IM John-Paul Wallace
- Pawn Endgames: 106: A Study of Snapshot Positions
Run Time 00:20:19 IM John-Paul Wallace
- Pawn Endgames: 107: Advanced Scenarios
Run Time: 00:16:43 IM David Vigorito