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Endgame Fundamentals: Opposition

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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 middle game as well. There are several types [&hellip...

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Endgame Fundamentals: Queen & Knight

November 1, 2017 • Booked Up, Endgame Fundamentals, Featured, Features, Top Board231

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...

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Endgame Fundamentals: Famous Rook & Pawn Ending

October 1, 2017 • Endgame Fundamentals, Featured, Features, Top Board308

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 Board352

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 Board427

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 Board440

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...

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Endgame Fundamentals: Rule of the Square

June 1, 2017 • Endgame Fundamentals, Featured, Features, Top Board398

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 Board690

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...

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Endgame Fundamentals: The Beast

April 1, 2017 • Booked Up, Endgame Fundamentals, Featured, Features, Top Board396

By Donny Gray After 35+ years of teaching chess I have developed many exercises that I make my students do. One is called “The Beast.”  In this exercise, the student gets all of their pawns and all four minor pieces.  As the teacher, I get all of my...

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Endgame Fundamentals: Forcing Moves

March 1, 2017 • Endgame Fundamentals, Featured, Features, Top Board673

By Donny Gray Forcing moves are moves that limit your opponent’s responses to a very limited amount of moves. If your opponent only has one response to your last move, then that was a very forcing move!  Of course, there are good forcing moves as well as...