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Endgame Fundamentals: Rook vs. 2 Pawns

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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, but promoting to a Rook will win. Therefore, in some cases [&hellip...

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Endgame Fundamentals: Smyslov’s Rooks

December 1, 2016 • Endgame Fundamentals, Featured, Top Board1092

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,...


Endgame Fundamentals: Barely Winning

November 1, 2016 • Endgame Fundamentals, Featured, Top Board393

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...


Ending Fundamentals: It’s Impossible!!

October 1, 2016 • Endgame Fundamentals, Featured, Top Board581

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 Board548

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 Board893

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 Board842

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 Board849

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 Board1534

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 Board925

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...