GM Wesley So
Chess can be divided into three parts: the opening, the middlegame, and the endgame. Each one of them is equally important and, in order to become a strong player, one should include all of them in their training routine.
Endgame Patterns, some of the most important ones, are going to be presented in this article.
These are endgames that tend to occur quite often or typical ideas that you should be aware of in this final part of your game.
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Many chess players spend most of their training time studying openings. It is logical since you get to play the opening stage in every single game and it makes a huge impact on the following stages. At the same time, one should not forget to study middlegames and endgames as well since poor play in those stages can nullify everything achieved in the game before.
Pawn Endgames: Knowing your endgames is an important step in improving your level of chess. Knowing the main theoretical endgame positions is usually the first step toward improving your endgame understanding. Then, it is time to move on to typical ideas and maneuvers that tend to repeat themselves and are important to know in some positions. Last, you can study complex endgames and see how strong players handle different types of endgames.
We live in the days where openings are the most studied part of the game and it is almost impossible to win a game out of the opening anymore. Everybody knows the tricks and almost every player, no matter the level, is able to blitz you out 20 moves of recent theory.
The difference in strength between two players is rarely made in this phase of the game anymore, but it does show when it comes to middlegames and endgames.
Endgames: In our last article, we have outlined a few important ideas that can help you decide which minor piece is better, depending on the position you have on the board. To show how the power of the bishop works, we have selected an instructive endgame where its cooperation with the rook was superior to that of the knight.
In this article, we are going to look a bit into the knight’s superiority and how, together with the rook, it can dominate the bishop in certain situations.
Endgames: Which minor piece is better, the bishop or the knight? Rook and Bishop or Rook and Knight? This is an endless debate; from a very early age, we tend to choose our favorite, a choice that’s not necessarily based on facts, but rather on feelings. Our preference may change with the years and we may even play better with one than the other, but what’s important to understand is that things are never either black or white. In this case, they are rather grey.
Rooks Endgames: The initiative is a term we don’t get tired of repeating and it should already be very familiar to our readers.
To be in control, to take the game towards what you want, and force your opponent to stay alert all the time is something you should strive for in every game.
Symmetrical positions can be tricky and difficult to evaluate. At first sight, they may look equal – after all, there are no visible differences between the two sides – and less experienced players are tempted to think that a draw will be easy to achieve.
While a draw is likely to happen in a game between two strong players, it is also often that we see experienced players scoring great results in this type of position.
Endgames and 10 Tips How to Fix Them. In order to improve at chess, it is essential that you have good endgame knowledge. As important as the middlegame and opening phases are, they can become useless if you end up making a huge mistake in the endgame.
Many club players play a good game and even manage to obtain a slight advantage, but throw it away in the final phase of the game. In this article, we are going to give a few tips on how to study endgames and some general guidelines you can apply during the game.