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Endgame Fundamentals: Rule of the Square

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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 basic pawn endings you will throw away [&hellip...

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Endgame Fundamentals: Chess Quotes

May 1, 2017 • Endgame Fundamentals, Featured, Features, Top Board236

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 Board266

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 Board525

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 Board368

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 Board496

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 Board321

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 Board282

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 Board421

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 Board401

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...