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Endgame Fundamentals: Barely Winning

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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 the win away, so it is good [&hellip...

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Ending Fundamentals: It’s Impossible!!

October 1, 2016 • Endgame Fundamentals, Featured, Top Board507

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...


Endgame Fundamentals: King on the 6th

September 1, 2016 • Endgame Fundamentals, Featured, Top Board472

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 Board786

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 Board758

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...

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Endgame Fundamentals: Endings of Paul Morphy

June 1, 2016 • Endgame Fundamentals, Featured, Top Board744

By Donny Gray Paul Morphy was an American chess player who played during the mid 1850’s.   He was considered to be the World Chess Champion of his time, although it was unofficial. He is called “The Pride and Sorrow of Chess” because he...


Endgame Fundamentals: Mate with King and Rook

May 1, 2016 • Endgame Fundamentals, Featured, Top Board1449

By Donny Gray One of the first things I test a new student on is whether they can mate with a lone queen and a lone rook.  Today I will show you how I teach students how to mate with a lone rook. As usual, there are always several ways to accomplish...

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Endgame Fundamentals:  The Berlin Ending

April 1, 2016 • Endgame Fundamentals, Featured, Top Board832

By Donny Gray These days, if you follow chess much at all, you will see a lot of the top players going for the Berlin Defense against 1.e4.  The Berlin goes… 1.e4           e5 2.Nf3        Nc6 3.Bb5        Nf6     Black plays...

Knight Mates

Endgame Fundamentals: Knight Mates

March 1, 2016 • Endgame Fundamentals, Featured871

By Donny Gray Basic mates are those that you can force with the barest of material with your king. Examples would be king and queen, king and rook, king and two bishops, and everyone’s favorite: king and bishop plus knight. What you don’t see in...

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Endgame Fundamentals: Why Study Rook Endings?

February 1, 2016 • Endgame Fundamentals, Featured1328

By Donny Gray Chess students probably get tired of hearing their teachers go on and on about studying rook endings.  Why study rook endings?  Why do teachers constantly harp on the rooks?  The other day I found an interesting table of a breakdown of...