Chess Lesson # 77: Royal Diagonal | Kings and Pawns Endgames In Chess

Studying Chess endgames is crucial! In this lesson, we will go over the royal diagonal idea, which is extremely important and basic. However, it is unknown by so many advanced players. It is simply a great tool to have in your toolbox!

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  1. 8:54 I must say that i don't quite get it. It seems to me that both Kc4 and Kc5 would work but i'm definitely missing something.9:24 Aah i think i get it now. Kc4 is too slow, the Black king will get to the corner in time. With Kc5 i'm getting closer to the pawn and to the corner and my opponent can't reach it in time

  2. This is Gold man. I am currently preparing for my upcoming classical rating event and I am only 1200 fide my endgame has been the biggest weakness found your playlist super helpful hopefully will use these concepts in my upcoming event with success🤞🤞. Really thanks for putting out such great amount of instructive content.

  3. I have never heard the term "Royal Diagonal". However, to me – as a mathematician – the idea behind it is rather trivial.A common exercise in probability theory or combinatorics is to compute the number of shortest paths for a king from a specific field to another one.

  4. 8:39
    in second example if we move Kc3 so if a3 b4
    Or black can forcelly get opposition

  5. Hola. Gracias por abrirnos la posibilidades que ignoraba. Me gustó mucho el caso dos. Yo hubiera perdido. Saludos

  6. First of all, I don't know why everyone says that endgame is boring. I find it really interesting, specially when I'm about to checkmate the other king.😆

    And the other thing is that, I've seen this same topic in many lessons on youtube. To be honest, I've never got the idea correctly. You are too easy to understand. 🤗

    Oh and congratulations for 2k sub. I was counting on it. 😊
    Hope you get admired by many more…😊

  7. i never heard of this principle i will study it now thank you sooooo muuuucchhh !! i study end games too its very fun heheh your channel is simply amazinnng i review and i review all playlist everyday and its amazing thank you sooo much

  8. i realy injoy this lesson !!! short but very helpfull thank you master !

  9. Wow! First time I heard of both royal diagonal and rogue spawn…thanks!!!
    Btw I'm here from

  10. I feel like Endgames are the most interesting part of the game, they are a reward for the players who have both mastered the opening and middlegame.

  11. I was familiar with the idea in the first position, but the second position took me a little while. At first I was looking at Kc3 and after a3 figuring out if b3 or b4 worked, and I think I have seen a similar position with an idea like that, or at least the one where the king goes to the pawn via b1 a2 if you are familiar. But very instructive, I plan on presenting this to some of the people I work with

  12. This channels seriously underrated. Your lessons are always put together and taught well.

  13. Thanks for this 😁 should how to draw when opponent think he is winning.
    Couldn't do the 1 st one but did the 2 nd one 👍👍
    Current rating 1079
    1100 incoming

  14. Many thanks Robert. I sort of know this as shouldering. However I prefer Royal diagonal. It reminds me to look for a diagonal. I will look at your other endgames shortly. Well explained and easy to understand.

  15. And the endgames videos are the best videos in chess. And u r the number one Coach in u tube

  16. Amazing is chess how that a certain move makes the whole difference especially at the end.

  17. It's sad that this video has so few likes as this is such an important concept to learn. We fight all game to get a pawn up or to get a better positional ending and it's so easy to throw it all away with just one mistake. Or maybe you are black and you will know how you might be able to draw if white plays the wrong move.

  18. Good lesson and I don't think endgame instruction is boring.

  19. I personally love endgames, because most people don't study them, so i know, that if I get to an endgame with pawns i win 80% of times on my rating.

  20. I would go King d5 keeping opposition, and not in fact moving further away from the pawn

  21. 9:08 Kc3 to cut off the black king, afterwards it should be a simple matter of pushing the pawn.

  22. 8:51 Rey en d5 para tomar la oposición contra el rey negro y evitar que negras forcen stalemate (?) Esa fue mi mejor idea, profe. Saludos.

  23. Hope I get to this position in a game I can't afford to lose!

  24. King should always go diagonally a Chess coach has told me earlier

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