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Knight Mates

Endgame Fundamentals: Knight Mates

by • March 1, 2016 • Endgame Fundamentals, FeaturedComments (0)970

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 this list is the mate with king and two knights. [&hellip...

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Endgame Fundamentals: Why Study Rook Endings?

February 1, 2016 • Endgame Fundamentals, Featured1441

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...

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Endgame Fundamentals: Why Resign?

December 19, 2015 • Endgame Fundamentals, Featured1172

By Donny Gray Many times a student and I will be reviewing one of their recent tournament games when they say, “I resigned here,” and I will say, “Why?  You are winning!” Resigning too early is a well-known occurrence in chess throughout...

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Endgame Fundamentals: Emory Tate

December 1, 2015 • Endgame Fundamentals, Featured1005

By Donny Gray Most chess players in GA, especially the older crowd, knew Emory Tate.  If you played much tournament chess at all, you saw him on the top boards. Unfortunately, he died on October 17th at a tournament in California. He left this world doing...

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Endgame Fundamentals: Mistakes

November 2, 2015 • Endgame Fundamentals, Featured1105

By Donny Gray   “The winner of the game is the player who makes the next-to-last mistake.” -Savielly Tartakover   Mistakes in chess is what chess is all about.  If there were no mistakes, no one would ever win a game of chess.  A perfect game...

Suicide Rook

Endgame Fundamentals: Suicide Rook

October 1, 2015 • Endgame Fundamentals, Featured830

By Donny Gray Many times, just when you think you have a won game, something horrible happens.  While there are countless bad things that can ruin your day on the chess board, today I want to take a look at the dreaded and heartbreaking Suicide Rook. If you...

Queen Sacrifice

Endgame Fundamentals: Queen Sacrifice

September 1, 2015 • Endgame Fundamentals, Featured1255

By Donny Gray Nothing in chess is as impressive as sacrificing your queen!  Since the queen is the most powerful piece, its sacrifice is really something special.  Nothing will get a chess player’s adrenalin flowing as much as a queen sac! There are three...

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Endgame Fundamentals: Winning With the Rook Pawn

August 1, 2015 • Endgame Fundamentals, Featured1102

By Donny Gray In the large majority of endings, the winning idea is to queen a pawn.  This of course can be very hard, as your opponent will not go quietly and will do everything he can to stop you.  Today we will take a look at a situation when you are up...

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Endgame Fundamentals: World Champions on Endings

July 1, 2015 • Endgame Fundamentals, Featured1362

By Donny Gray World Champions of chess are a rare breed indeed. Since 1886 when Steinitz was recognized as the 1st official world champion to present day, there have only been a handful of players that could claim this title. What they have to say about chess...

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Endgame Fundamentals: Rook Miracles

June 1, 2015 • Endgame Fundamentals, Featured1130

By Donny Gray It has always been said that endings between two equal players will most likely be rook endings, so if you can learn the in’s and out’s of rooks and pawns, you will most likely improve. But instead of us looking at the normal rook and pawns...