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The Lucena Position

by • July 1, 2014 • Endgame Fundamentals, FeaturedComments (0)1278

By Donny Gray The Lucena position is one of the most famous and important rook endings that exists in chess. If the side with the pawn can reach this type of position, he can forcibly win the game. The position is named after the Spaniard Luis Ramirez de Lucena, although he did not analyze it or publish it! He [&hellip...

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CHESS Queen vs King on beach

Queen and Pawns in the Endgame

June 1, 2014 • Endgame Fundamentals, Featured2216

By Donny Gray Many times after a long hard fought battle, your chess game becomes a race to Queen a pawn. But no matter what the position, someone will Queen first. Let’s take a look at some of the resulting endings when someone Queens first. If both...

CHESS king in the center

King in the Center

April 25, 2014 • Endgame Fundamentals, Featured1295

By Donny Gray Back in the olden days, late 1970’s, GM Larry Christiansen came to Little Rock Arkansas to give an exhibition and lecture. My rating then was around 1800 give or take a rating point or two. Two things stand out about his visit to me that...



March 29, 2014 • Endgame Fundamentals, Featured1777

One of my favorite chess books is Domination in 2,545 Endgame Studies, by Ghenrikh Kasparyan. It is solely about how to dominate your opponent’s pieces. Domination is a way to say that even though a piece has a wide choice of squares, it cannot avoid...