Chess Endgame: King & 5 pawns vs King & 4 pawns

NM Dan Heisman shows the technique to win a king and 5 pawn endgame vs king and 4 pawns. This technique can be used in many straightforward king and pawn endgames where both sides have several pawns and one side is ahead a pawn. If you can win this, you can win many K&P endgames up a pawn. Once you learn the general technique, you can practice this endgame against a friend or strong computer.

NM Dan Heisman has been a full-time chess instructor since 1996 and is the author of 12 chess books, the TV show “Q&A with Coach Heisman” on and the radio show “Ask the Renaissance Man” on the Internet Chess Club. Howard Stern was one of Dan’s students. Dan tries to answer comments on YouTube but for a quicker, more comprehensive answer (or questions about lessons), contact Dan via email, skype, or phone via Dan’s website . His Chess Tip of the Day is @danheisman on Twitter.


  1. Great video! I feel like there is not a lot of information about playing very early endgames. Would you consider a technique video with the same type of a position ( multi pawn, but one side a pawn up) but this time add a rook for each side. Or maybe add a minor piece for each side ( Knight vs Bishop). Then how does one convert the extra pawn? I find your channel very helpful, thanks.

  2. Very instructive. Which software has been used to reproduce this chess board position?

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