15 Rules For The Endgame (Chess Ending Principles)

From Reuben Fine’s very old book, Basic Chess Endings. Hope you learn a thing or two!

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56 Comments

  1. I don't see how a backwards pawn would be a barricaded pawn. I would think a barricaded pawn is one that has an opponents piece one square ahead of it, thereby restricting the pawn's movement.

  2. I really love your endgames and tactics videos. I really think they are one of the best ones on Youtube.

  3. I've read Fine's book, but seeing it explained by you is informative.

  4. That book by Ruebin fine was considered The end game Bible for years.

  5. Once you are fairly ok at tactic. Is studying end games more instructive than openings? Seems to me like its easier to grasp since there less permutations remaining, less overwhelming.

  6. A similar principle that Edward Lasker attributed to his relation is, in an ending with bishop and knight, put them on the same colour as often as possible in order to control different-coloured squares.

  7. If you are one pawn ahead, in 99 cases out of a hundred you are going to blunder that pawn and then no longer be ahead.

  8. Bishop and Knight can actually beat the Bishop Pair. the Knight Pair is also capable of that

  9. I think the 15th rule is actually about when you have a passed pawn and a rook, the rook should be supporting it from the back.

  10. Thanks for the video game informative πŸ‘ for a beginner

  11. Sir Nelson your contents are always great.

  12. Blockaded pawns are pawns blocked by pieces, especially isolated ones or pawns that are pushed past their support if I'm remembering the terminology. I saw something based on this book before and I'm like 1300 so if it is too complex for my scrub mind or have no brain my apologies

  13. About 13: I think there's an important difference between blocking and watching. Watching doesn't require standing in front of it, just being its warden so that it can't go anywhere. Other pieces used to do this are being wasted more than a knight would be in that activity. Yes, it's two different rules.

  14. АлСксСй ΠŸΠ΅Ρ‚Ρ€ΠΎΠ² says:

    Rule 1: blockaded means blockaded, not backwards. In this case, black a5 is blockaded because it can't go forward and thus an attack on it will put the black team in a position where they will have to protect it with pieces (and not pawns, BTW). In other words, it will distract black's forces.

  15. I think you missed the point of rule #10: the reason you shouldn't place your pawns on the same colour square as the bishop is not that the're now doing the same job as the bishop, it's because if those pawns get blocked by opponent pawns or pieces, they will now be blocking your bishop from moving freely across the board.

  16. Nice, all your videos have been quite instructive.

  17. Great stuff there. I'll be happy to see more advanced concepts covered in videos like this one. Keep up the great work brother.

  18. Well rule states as fast as possible
    If your pushing the pawn ist not possible because you lose it then it is not possible

  19. You trade down I have bishop and knight which wins vs knight and to answer your question yes I can do this without computer assist

  20. Fine's book is great, still a bible for the novice. There may be some (very few) mistakes in that but contemporary GMs didn't write a book to replace that. So as of today we don't have any book on endgame to replace his. God bless.

  21. Just for reference, I'm 1820 rated and the majority of these were not new to me, but definitely not all of it! The combination of what to trade when up or behind (rule 3 & 4) makes sense, but I've never seen it stated like that. Then there's rule 13, which might be a bit more position dependent, but is good to think about. Great video.

  22. I think blockaded means pawns that can't move because the square in front is occupied, like the a4 pawn in that position. Probably also applies if it's blocked by a piece if you can't force that piece to move, not just by another pawn.
    Edit: you used "blockade" exactly how I thought the author meant it at 18:17.

  23. personally i like the old chess books way better than the new ones.

  24. Its so cool to see you use all of these old resources. There's so much knowledge out there. Databases and engines are not the only resources! I love how you've been doing this.

  25. I'm so glad YouTube recommended you. Thank you for everything, it's a huge help!

  26. I have a copy of the same book. Many years ago, when chess engines had been developed, I decided to put some of the positions from the ook into the engine. Now, I can't recall what games they were, but, I found at least 2 endings, that Fine said were wins for white, that were in fact draws! So I tried other books and found that the expert's conclusions were also wrong. So you should be careful with these old books. Modern, powerful chess engines can often come to completely different conclusions with some of the positions.

  27. I have a paperback copy of Fine`s book, PLEASE DO MORE VIDEOS LIKE THIS ONE, Use the library,too.

  28. holy crap I clicked on this video randomly and noticed the book straight away, I bought it in an old book shop a few weeks ago! I cant read the notation but its still a cool book. I wonder how rare it is

  29. I knew instantly the position at 10:00 was winning for white to play, my end game study is paying off hehe

  30. I had that book and the Art of the Chess combination by Znosko-Borovsky when I was a kid and studied them all the time. My openings sucked, but if I survived to the middle game, I always won.

  31. Hi, really nice little gem you found there, and a fun theory video.
    But please consider not using that blend over effect to the next position (when you go to the next rule), it's actually irritating and uncomfortable.* (high frequent back and forth of a position) It's not really a cool / fitting chess effect. Stay sharp, play smart and.. take care.

    *: Which has a reasoning, it probably fosters epileptic syndrom, not this directly, but high frequency picture changes and flashes, which it (the blend over effect) kinda is. Again, have a nice day.

  32. Thirty seconds in and I see the upload date. I hope this is a good watch

  33. I have a copy of this book. It looks similar to yours!

  34. rule 6: […] it's a draw
    me and my 800 rated opponents
    we'll see about that

  35. Would like to know more about how to face two knights or two bishops in an end game and if it's good to trade Queens close to the beginning of a game

  36. Great video. Sure I would like to see more

  37. Holy mackerel – seems to be the book of the books on that topic. Thank you, Nelson.

  38. A "blocked pawn" is a rather general term that describes a pawn that cannot advance because the square above it is occupied by pieces or pawns and in certain rare cases it can be blocked by a fellow pawn as in doubled pawns the rear one is blockaded. This is different from a backwards pawn, which is a pawn that is behind all pawns on the adjacent files and cannot be safely advanced. A backwards pawn is frequently blockaded, forces built up behind the blockader, then when the blockader moves, can be attacked and won.

  39. I think the point of pushing that passed pawn is that it draws his king away and lets you use your king to take the rest of his pawns

  40. I was always taught that Bishops are better than Knights on an open board and Knights are better on a closed board.

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