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Endgame Fundamentals: Endings of Paul Morphy

by • June 1, 2016 • Endgame Fundamentals, Featured, Top BoardComments (0)981

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 was extremely brilliant in chess, although he retired from the game while still young. Morphy...

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Endgame Fundamentals: Mate with King and Rook

May 1, 2016 • Endgame Fundamentals, Featured, Top Board1663

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 Board1103

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...

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Endgame Fundamentals: Knight Mates

March 1, 2016 • Endgame Fundamentals, Featured1102

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, Featured1597

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, Featured1293

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, Featured1109

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, Featured1197

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...

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Endgame Fundamentals: Suicide Rook

October 1, 2015 • Endgame Fundamentals, Featured918

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, Featured1386

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...