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Endgame Fundamentals: The Beast

by • April 1, 2017 • Booked Up, Endgame Fundamentals, Featured, Features, Top BoardComments (0)162

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 pawns and my queen.  That is it! [&hellip...

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Endgame Fundamentals: Forcing Moves

March 1, 2017 • Endgame Fundamentals, Featured, Features, Top Board450

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...

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Endgame Fundamentals: Famous Pawn Position

February 1, 2017 • Endgame Fundamentals, Featured, Features, Top Board283

By Donny Gray Capablanca once said, “In order to improve your game, you must study the endgame before everything else. For whereas the endings can be studied and mastered by themselves, the middle game and end game must be studied in relation to the end...

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Endgame Fundamentals: Rook vs. 2 Pawns

January 1, 2017 • Endgame Fundamentals, Featured, Top Board397

By Donny Gray Most chess instructors will tell you that in chess there are always exceptions to general rules. In math, 2+2 always equals 4. However, in chess there are exceptions. For example, sometimes if you Queen a Pawn you will stalemate your opponent,...

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Endgame Fundamentals: Smyslov’s Rooks

December 1, 2016 • Endgame Fundamentals, Featured, Top Board257

By Donny Gray Vasily Vasilyevich Smyslov (March 24, 1921 – March 27, 2010) was a Russian chess grandmaster, and was World Chess Champion from 1957 to 1958. He was a candidate for the World Chess Championship on eight occasions (1948, 1950, 1953, 1956,...

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Endgame Fundamentals: Barely Winning

November 1, 2016 • Endgame Fundamentals, Featured, Top Board223

By Donny Gray Many times after a hard-fought game and the smoke clears, there is hardly anything left on the board. Today we are going to look at a few examples where the material on the board is almost non-existent. In cases like this, one mistake will throw...

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Ending Fundamentals: It’s Impossible!!

October 1, 2016 • Endgame Fundamentals, Featured, Top Board351

By Donny Gray When my students play in tournaments, we usually go over their games. Many times I will ask them why in the world did they accept a draw in such a winning position.  Often the response is “It’s impossible to win this!” This response...

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Endgame Fundamentals: King on the 6th

September 1, 2016 • Endgame Fundamentals, Featured, Top Board346

By Donny Gray Take a good look at the following diagram.  It is very important in learning about pawn endings.     This position comes up a lot in pawn endings and in your analysis of endings. In this diagram it is good to know that white wins this...

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Endgame Fundamentals: Smothered Mate

August 1, 2016 • Endgame Fundamentals, Featured, Top Board618

By Donny Gray Smothered mate is a term in chess that is used when checkmate is given by a knight in which the mated king is unable to move because he is surrounded by his own pieces. Most players would absolutely LOVE to be able to do a smothered mate in a...

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Endgame Fundamentals: Two Bishop Checkmate

July 1, 2016 • Endgame Fundamentals, Featured, Top Board598

By Donny Gray Mating with the two bishops can be confusing on your first try, but once you see how it is done, you will realize that it is not that hard.  As in other basic mates, you push the king towards the edge of the board, then to the corner,  and...