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Endgame Fundamentals: Creating a Passed Pawn

by • February 2, 2018 • Booked Up, Endgame Fundamentals, Featured, Features, Top BoardComments (0)142

By Donny Gray Of course, the main objective in chess is to checkmate your opponent. However many things must happen before you can reach that point. In most endings the main idea is to queen a pawn, but to do so you must first create a passed pawn.   In the first example, White can [&hellip...

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Endgame Fundamentals: Pins

January 4, 2018 • Endgame Fundamentals, Featured, Features, Top Board247

By Donny Gray Most beginners love to fork their opponent’s pieces. However, as your opponents become stronger you will soon find out that forks are rare. Most good players see forks coming a mile away. What is common in most games however is the pin. The...

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Endgame Fundamentals: Opposition

December 3, 2017 • Endgame Fundamentals, Featured, Features, Top Board315

By Donny Gray In chess, opposition is when the two kings face each other and have only one square between them. In such a situation, the player not having to move is said to have the opposition. This usually happens in endgames, but can happen during the...

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Endgame Fundamentals: Queen & Knight

November 1, 2017 • Booked Up, Endgame Fundamentals, Featured, Features, Top Board360

By Donny Gray As you progress in chess you will discover that certain combinations of pieces work well together. For example, using doubled rooks or the two bishops is extremely strong. Today we will look at another case of pieces working in harmony. The...


Endgame Fundamentals: Famous Rook & Pawn Ending

October 1, 2017 • Endgame Fundamentals, Featured, Features, Top Board414

By Donny Gray Rook and pawn endings are extremely important to all players, regardless of their rating.  Between equal players there will be more rook and pawn endings than any other type.  Therefore, it is to your advantage to know them. Today, I would...

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Endgame Fundamentals: Mate With a Queen

September 1, 2017 • Endgame Fundamentals, Featured, Features, Top Board426

By Donny Gray When I start lessons with a new student, the very first thing we do is the king and queen mate. If you cannot do this, then how are you ever going to win a game of chess? Knowing openings and middle game ideas will mean nothing if you cannot...

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Endgame Fundamentals: Teacher’s Games

August 1, 2017 • Endgame Fundamentals, Featured, Features, Top Board497

By Donny Gray One of the things I do for my students is analyze their tournament games.  It is a great way to help them improve, not only in their ending play, but in their opening and middlegame as well.  The first time I do a game for a new student I tell...

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Endgame Fundamentals: Worst Move On The Board

July 1, 2017 • Endgame Fundamentals, Featured, Features, Top Board516

By Donny Gray In the chess world we call a horrible move a “blunder.”  If you have played chess for very long, you know that for some unexplained reason you sometimes make the absolutely worst move on the board!  To make it worse, it usually...


Endgame Fundamentals: Rule of the Square

June 1, 2017 • Endgame Fundamentals, Featured, Features, Top Board470

By Donny Gray Back in the 1700s, the famous chess player Philidor said that pawns were the soul of chess. This is extremely accurate on many levels. If you have a bad pawn structure, you will most assuredly lose to a good player. If you do not understand...

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Endgame Fundamentals: Chess Quotes

May 1, 2017 • Endgame Fundamentals, Featured, Features, Top Board981

By Donny Gray A while back I did an article on quotes by world champions.  They mostly were serious quotes on how to play better; however, not all chess quotes are helpful. Some of the following quotes are very helpful and thoughtful, while others are...