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Endgame Fundamentals: Why Resign?

by • December 19, 2015 • Endgame Fundamentals, FeaturedComments (0)1081

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 history.  Many times even GMs will miss the fact they have a winning [&hellip...

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Endgame Fundamentals: Emory Tate

December 1, 2015 • Endgame Fundamentals, Featured919

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, Featured1018

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, Featured760

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, Featured1160

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, Featured1040

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, Featured1263

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, Featured1051

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...

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Endgame Fundamentals: Backward Pawns

May 1, 2015 • Endgame Fundamentals, Featured991

By Donny Gray A backward pawn is one that is behind all of the other pawns that are beside it.  It does not have the support of other pawns if it advances.  It may or may not be able to physically move, but if it does, it is captured by an opposing pawn or...


Endgame Fundamentals – Zugzwang

April 1, 2015 • Endgame Fundamentals, Featured1543

By Donny Gray If you have played chess for any length of time you soon find out that many times you wish you could have the option to pass on your move.  If you find yourself in that situation where no matter what move you make, you lose.  Congratulations!...