They play opening like Grandmasters.
The Middlegames, like experts.
And the Endgames… like beginners.
This old saying perfectly describes club players.
The truth is, it is not possible to become a solid player without first mastering practical endgames.
Sure, you may know some basic King-Pawn endings or even a few Rook endings.
Add a couple more pawns or pieces on the board and most players are completely confused.
It is not uncommon to see an 1800-rated player playing endgames as if they were just 1200.
And they really are 1200… when it comes to endgames.
The good news?
Once you master the practical endgames, you’ll be able to beat those players in the endgame as if they were 1200.