Advanced Pawn Endgame Concepts | Beginner to Master | Principles of Chess Endgames | GM Naroditsky

This video continues our journey into the heart of pawn endgames with a detailed overview of all things related to proper king use. We examine the 9 most important king use techniques, and then put them into practice by carefully analyzing a wealth of real-life examples.

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00:00 Intro
01:44 Waiting Move Sacrifice
14:40 Moving The Lawn
27:00 Moving Your Opponent’s Pawns
40:10 Inducing Weaknesses
50:10 Corresponding Squares
01:01:10 Keeps The Pawns Back
01:07:00 Conclusion

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Edited by @Clyde Barber (check out some of my original music on YT)

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  1. Who agrees that this guy is a gigachad for making all this awesome free content that is essentially the secret sauce to improving at chess

  2. 10:37 ''And here, as we were discussing, Grob plays the most resilient move, he plays g4. This is a super resilient resource.'' Spoken by a true man of culture.

  3. 56:55 I believe the corresponding square to f5 is b5 (or whatever square would theoretically be to the left of A5), but f5 is still the correct move as b5 is covered by the c4 pawn and thus black's king cannot occupy the distant opposition regardless.

  4. 12:37 Jeremy Silman refers to this position as a “Trébuchet” in book “Silman’s Complete Endgame Course”. First mentioned on page 97.

  5. my 1900 opponents are going to be so terrified when this 1600 starts making good endgame moves. thanks as always danya

  6. much more enjoyable and rewarding content than Gotham 🙂

  7. Notes from both videos (in case anyone wants to copy them to her/his personal notes):
    1- Do not capture unnecessary pawns.

    2- Do not step away into checking zone of your opponent's passer.

    3- Simultaneous promotion is NOT equal to a draw.

    4- Use your king to force the enemy king into the checking zone, or to prevent the enemy king from stopping your pawn.

    5- Prepare for pawn races by pushing the prospective passer beforehand.

    Bonus Rule: You don't always have to participate in a pawn race!

    6- Waiting move sacrifice: Giving away a pawn in order to generate additional waiting move.

    7- Mowing the lawn: Trading the pawn(s) that obstruct the pathway to a weak pawn or set of pawns, which are often located on the other side of the board.

    8- Moving your opponent's pawns: One or multiple pawn sacrifices aimed at shifting your opponent's pawn(s) in a favorable direction.

    9- Inducing weaknesses: A type of breakthrough or trade with the aim of creating a more accessible weakness or breaking down a pawn chain.

    10- Corresponding squares: Two squares (x,y) are corresponding squares if moving the king onto the square x forces the opponent to occupy square y.Crucially, the defending side must maintain that order (king steps onto square y only after the opposing king steps onto square x) to avoid Zugzwang.

    11- Keep the pawns back: If anticipating a pawn race, keep your weak pawns (i.e., the ones your opponent will capture during the race) as far away from your opponent's king as possible to extent the time it takes for your opponent to promote.

  8. 51:32 Opposition (direct, distant) is a special case of corresponding squares (or if you want to put it differently, corresponding squares are a generalisation of opposition)

  9. 25:20 – if you really want to show your opponent, play the move a6 here:D

  10. In position 46:26 white to move:
    We don't necessarily have to go for the king side pawns ig bcoz we can play Kb3 and black has to play h5 after which we can play Ka3 and black has no more waiting moves and would have to retreat the king and give us the queen

  11. this is modern equivalent of a powerful chess book. thanks Danya!

  12. I can watch Danya as a TV series. It's so friendly and interesting that even such a long endgame analysis looks so interesting. Thanks Sensei 🤲❤️

  13. Video quality is great danny,love the green tone…Great uploads,many thanks sir.

  14. I like these videos but in my opinion the situations are too complex. I would the initial definition then a simpler example rather than a complicated grandmaster game.

    Still a good series!

  15. Only commenting for the algorithm love. Great series!🎃

  16. Worry less about the length of the video. It's clear you go to great lengths to convey these concepts as concisely as they allow; the ones of us who are here to learn are glad to watch a video of any length as long as you're not wasting time – which I haven't gotten a single sniff of thus far. These are complex topics and, personally, I would hate for you to cut yourself short and not thoroughly and clearly explain yourself MUCH more than I would be worried about watching a video for an hour and a half. We are all just so grateful that you are putting this content out for free for us to enjoy and study. I know everyone says this but seriously, this is such incredible stuff. Please keep up the amazing work <3

  17. 25:19 Instructions unclear — trolled opponent with a6 a5 and lost because e8=Q Qg8+…!

  18. The more I watch these videos, the more I think I pronounce Zugzwang wrong. I am German.

  19. Thank you, this is the best end game pawn video on YT so far!

  20. I hereby vow that I will solve all 10 positions in the next video without watching the solution.

  21. Amazing series, thank you so much for your efforts!

  22. The corresponding squares study was awesome! I was wondering what happens if white messes up and allows black to occupy the corresponding square, and then white tries to go back to e5, hoping black would also follow with Ka5. That would be a mistake because white can again play Kf5 and win. Turns out (I used the engine) black has to go Ka7/Kb7, and then if white goes Kf5, black has to be really careful to be in a position where they can occupy the corresponding square no matter where white goes. Amazing!

  23. Commenting for the algorithm. Let's gooo

  24. Just instantly solved a puzzle 1500 pts over my rating thanks to this video.

  25. The pawns–black and white–minded squares
    The kings opposed moves charted there
    After mowing the lawn
    Their trousers were gone
    And the kings continued to glare

    Btw, these videos go fast.

  26. I love endgames, they are so technical and precise!!!

  27. 1:00:45 not really. F5 is corresponding with B5, not A5. The problem is not that black is on A5, the problem is that black cannot access B5 because white's pawn prevents it.

  28. This videos are absolutely amazing. It is much appreciated. I will try to advertise the channel and the series in my chess club. Keep up the work please.

  29. This is incredible thanks a ton for these. That Persson-Ragger/moving the opponent's pawns example was really instructive, I would have never thought that position was drawable, but now I have added this "chucking the pawns to force a drawn king pawn vs king endgame" idea to my toobox for seemingly lost positions.

  30. I wouldn't mind if you took all the time you needed to explain everything you want about each example, instead of rushing to fit it all into an hour

  31. This is crazy good. I am going to watch the whole series again as its not trivial to comprehend everything in one go. Thank you Danya. Hopefully you hit 300K subs soon and then go on towards 1M subs sometime in future.

  32. wow all of the videos in this series are fantastic but this one is really the most informative chess video ive ever watched, won so many more games with just a basic memory of these concepts

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