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End Game training

Posted on August 13th, 2010 by Richard

How good is your end game play? Have a look at this game. This is a part of a round 11 game from the recent British Championships.

White to play and white needs to win the game to get second place in the Championship:

Nice play by White to allow the potential  to Queen the pawn  (and also avoid the dreaded stalemate!)

so securing an overwhelming winning position and black cannot do anything now to stop White winning.

Now two important Rook and Pawn endgames-Philidor & Lucena positions

 introduced by Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philidor_position:

The Philidor position (or Philidor’s position) usually refers to an important chess endgame which illustrates a drawing technique when the defender has a king and rook versus a king, rook, and pawn. It is also known as the third rank defense, because of the importance of the rook on the third rank cutting off the opposing king. It was analyzed by François-André Danican Philidor in 1777. Most rook and pawn versus rook endgames reach either the Philidor Position or the Lucena Position if played accurately

The Lucena position is one of the most famous and important positions in chess endgame theory, where one side has a rook and a pawn and the defender has a rook. It is fundamental in the rook and pawn versus rook endgame. If the side with the pawn can reach this type of position, he can forcibly win the game. Most rook and pawn versus rook endgames reach either the Lucena Position or the Philidor Position if played accurately.

So here is JRobi on youtube on the Philidor endgame:

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and here is JRobi on the Lucena position on youtube video:

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Well this all seems clear except that I have known about these positions since I started playing chess but I still do not know them fully enough to be totally confident with the correct moves. I do not know why I cannot get this to be automatic for me but I will try & study it and get it done!

These are common endgames and if you want to improve your rating you need to know how to play these positions….

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