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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191 Comments

  1. 16 (?) "Kings belong ahead of passed pawns"
    Inviting comment…

  2. Reuben Fine was arguably about the best chess player in the World in the late 1930s to mid 1940s — certainly in the top 10. Not so well known nowadays.

  3. As I remember they found errors in that book

  4. I love your channel Nelson! I really like the format of videos which are on the short side, with easily digestible lessons. You also have a really nice way of imparting chess theory. Cheers,

  5. I have read that book. Its an excellent one. I wish I remember more of it.

  6. I was blown away. Not because of the rules but when he said horses change color every time they jump. I never noticed that. Excellent video overall, thank you

  7. This book has been reprinted and you can get it on Amazon. It may have gone through some new editions, but it's readily available.

  8. I think when you have a pawn on the a or h column, the opponent can force a stalemate, assuming no other pawns.

  9. Blockaded pawns are when there's a piece in front of it and it can't make forward progress

  10. Thank you ! There is a revised version of this book by Pal Benko, and the conclusion now contains 20 rules.

  11. I haven't played chess in years, but this is a really good tutorial! You can learn a lot in 22 minutes! Excellent presentation! You make it seem easy. Well done!!

  12. When Fine wrote this book (1941), players recordded games with descriptive notation. Your 7th rank was where your opponent's pawns started, whether you were white or black. You didn't need to say 7th or 2nd rank.

  13. Rule 2 should be read as "Pushed passed pawns as rapidly as practical.". Let's assume that the author is not proposing a gift to the opponent.

  14. I reckon your caveat to rule number is why the rule said "as possible."

  15. Keep in mind that the person who wrote these guidelines didn't have access to a chess engine, so some of these rules of thumb nay not be as true today as they were 100 years ago.

  16. I have had that book for years but never thoroughly read it. Thank you for pointing out the list of rules in the back!

  17. With Rule #3, when it says if you’re 1 or 2 pawns ahead… does it mean literal pawns or pawns in terms of points? E.g. you may have 2 more literal pawns than your opponent but be down 1 pawn because you’ve got one less minor piece. In that scenario would you trade pawns or pieces?

  18. If I play against Tal and am up one Queen, two rooks, two bishops and a knight, that means I will be mated by that last knight.

  19. I love how simple yet complex the endgame phase is! Thanks for another amazing video Nelsi

  20. On the first position, the worst thing for me is the f2 pawn. Looking at it, it's just gonna die. No real way to progress while defending it. It just gives me anxiety when I look at it ._.

  21. Great teaching, great concepts and PACE. Many others are moving at lightspeed and are difficult to follow. Bravo.

  22. Well presented using the rules as an outline.

  23. Just study magnus, it has made me 10x just replicating his overall style in chess.

  24. don't you just love chess computers?
    who would have been able to calculate so precisely so many years ago, such minute details?
    it would have been a large statement to make that 2 bishops are better than 1 bishop 1 knight, but stockfish can calculate exactly why and by how much of an advantage.

  25. I like 99% draw when 1 pawn ahead but pawns are on same side
    And 7th rank rook is compensation for 1 pawn..

    Ofc all rules have exceptions…this was a nice video

    I heard knights are better in positions where there is only pawns on one side of the board
    The rule states bishops are better in all positions except blocked ones..
    So probably that was discovered after this book was written?
    What do u think about it Nelson?

  26. An excellent book. I owned this book as a teenager, but never read it all the way through.

  27. Intuitively I would have thought a β€˜passed pawn’ was:
    β€œA pawn that has passed beyond enemy pawns on its own or adjacent files, and that hence has a clear run to the eighth rank.”?

  28. The rule about trading pieces and not pawns when up a pawn or 2 is somethjng I never thought about and this just gained me 100 ratings thank you so much! Everything about this video is so simple and easy to follow but I never thought about

  29. I borrowed this book for the library. And still have it at my house, lol.

  30. Stuck at 1800 because I am weak in endgames… I always lose out due to time pressure in the endgames. Your video is helpful. Thank you.

  31. Have you considered 5d chess with Multiverse time travel?

  32. A blockaded pawn is a pawn that cannot move forward because it is blockaded, usually by an opponent's piece.

  33. I have a tendency to blunder at least 3 times a game. Damn I suck.

  34. 9:56 my man needs stockfish to tell him this is winning for white.

    I'm out.

  35. You know I've never read a chess book. I came to know most of these endgame principles after thousands of games. For anyone trying to progress up the ranks, I imagine reading chess books is a must.

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