Posts Tagged ‘Donny Gray’

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    Endgame Fundamentals: Mate with King and Rook

    May 1, 2016 • Endgame Fundamentals, Featured, Top Board1618

    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 Board1032

    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...

  • Knight Mates

    Endgame Fundamentals: Knight Mates

    March 1, 2016 • Endgame Fundamentals, Featured1055

    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, Featured1541

    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, Featured1252

    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, Featured1073

    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, Featured1168

    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, Featured887

    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, Featured1326

    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, Featured1172

    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...