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Chess with Yoda

Bizarre Endings That Make You Think

by • October 1, 2014 • Endgame Fundamentals, FeaturedComments (1)1264

By Donny Gray If you have ever studied chess books or researched online you most likely have come across unlikely and perhaps even bizarre positions that have made you pause and think. Most of them are highly unlikely to ever occur exactly in one of your chess games, but you would be surprised how knowing [&hellip...

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Endings to be Proud Of

September 2, 2014 • Endgame Fundamentals, Featured, Top Board1528

By Donny Gray If someone asks you, who was the best chess ending player of all time, who do you say? When we think of the top ending players we normally answer with names like Capablanca, Lasker, Rubinstein, Flohr, Karpov, or Smyslov. And, of course, we...

Chess in Prison

Endgame Fundamentals…Sort of

August 1, 2014 • Endgame Fundamentals, Featured1576

By Donny Gray Psssst. Keep this to yourself. Don’t tell anyone but this article is not about endings! Well, I guess it technically is since I DO talk about a queen and king mate at the end. So maybe I won’t get in trouble with the authorities when...

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The Lucena Position

July 1, 2014 • Endgame Fundamentals, Featured1378

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...

CHESS Queen vs King on beach

Queen and Pawns in the Endgame

June 1, 2014 • Endgame Fundamentals, Featured2351

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, Featured1379

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...

Endgame

Dominance

March 29, 2014 • Endgame Fundamentals, Featured1885

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...