Can You Win Queen vs Pawn? | Chess Endgame Basics #15

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Today we are looking at an important chess endgame, just queen against pawn (and kings obviously) on the board. The pawn has advanded already to the seventh (second) rank, otherwise the side with the queen pretty much always wins. Now we learn against which pawns the side with the queen wins and how the winning method looks like. We also learn which pawns enable the defender to draw and how this is accomplished. Let me know if you have any questions!

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Niclas Huschenbeth (born February 29, 1992 in Hann. Muenden) is a German Chess Grandmaster. Huschenbeth learned how to play chess at the age of five and participated in youth chess tournaments. He was awarded the title of International Master in 2008 and the Grandmaster title in 2012. At age 18, he achieved his most notable success, becoming the youngest German Champion in history. He has played 52 times for the German national team and participated in two chess olympiads. Currently, Huschenbeth studies industrial/organizational psychology at the Free University of Berlin.


  1. Truth about this is that there is a chance of winning against 1400 players and below even if its a theoritical draw. If you don't know what you are doing with white, the queen king can come close enough for the game to no longer be a draw

  2. This happened to me but they stalemated, I felt like Eric Rosen in the moment.

  3. This happened to mei thought it was a draw ..fortunately my opponent 's times run out and I didn't knew how to win it was a G pawn

  4. Very helpful and perfect length! Really enjoyed it!

  5. Had this situation a few days ealier. And searched for a video like this since. Thanks

  6. Why do you Take the Positions of the book 100 endgames you Must know ? XD

  7. Dear huschenbeth, queen against rook pawn or bishop pawn is not always draw.bcz in many postions we can bring our king to the suitable position to deliver checkmate.there is a winning zone for our king against it

  8. I work to enhance ny endgame arsenal for two years.I would like to discuss endings with u.can i have your WhatsApp number?

  9. Great video as always Niclas! I love your endgame series. Even when i know the technique to hear it again and in such clear way it's always educational and fun. Keep up the good work!

  10. I know this already… But there was something missing in my opinion… You shuld have said, which squares are very important (for example in the first position f3 and h4)

  11. Great video as usual. I just wish if u can provide more advancing endgame 🙂

  12. Bite sized information presented in an easy to remember fashion. Right up my ally. Great stuff!

  13. I find your endgame series to be very helpful. While I might have learned some of it somewhere else, it has happened several times that only here I finally actually understand and therefore can play it accurately.

  14. Sehr gutes und vor allem hilfreiches Video, danke 😉

  15. Very straight forward and useful video. Thanks for the lesson!

  16. Thanks so much for making this video and the others like it. This is very informative and helpful!!!

  17. I have only been playing chess 5 months these are very helpful videos

  18. Just got into an end game with this very scenario. Couldn't believe how close it could be turned into a draw!

  19. This happened to me the other day whilst playing a friend, I queened my pawn and my friend followed his last pawn with his king all the way to the other end of the board and I couldn’t find a way to separate them eventually leading to a draw, so annoying!

  20. Played against a computer engine and was pissed i couldn't stop it from queening on the a file without a draw or stalemate. Now i know why.

  21. Just played this and had no idea what to do. Won on time but thank you for the lesson.

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