Essential Endgame Knowledge – Chess PREVIEW – Dr. IM Danny Kopec (Rook and Pawn Endgames)

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Chess endgame technique is one of the most important fundamental concepts in chess, yet it is very often ignored by players of all levels (especially beginner and intermediate players!). For many beginner players, chess endgames are not nearly as appealing for chess training as studying complicated openings or exciting tactics. However it is with strong endgame technique and understanding that many professional chess players really earn their living. Deeply understanding key endgame ideas will have a resounding impact on your play in earlier stages of the game. True chess endgame technique is not about memorizing simple tricks or key positions, it is about understanding common principles and why they work. In this excerpt from the chess DVD by IM Danny Kopec ¨Essential Endgame Knowledge¨ we are treated to a very instructive presentation about one of the most difficult types of chess endgames – rook and pawn endings!


  1. This is an actual DVD. Where can I buy an e-version of it for download?I live in Europe.

  2. the book covers pawn and king endings and rook and pawn endings. this video covers the rook and pawn endings.the components you need to know is the below followingbetter rooks,better kingbetter pawns=victory in the endgame—————————————————————————————————————————————————— don't trade of rook activity for the other factorsdon't grab a pawn and let your oppenunts rook become very activethan the game becomes like chance you can't be sure who's going to winbecause the activity of the rook could be powerfull enough for a draw or moreand it might upset youthe best thing is to keep things under controlif you have better rook, get a better king.if you have a better king try to get a better pawnthe first illustration is at 3:07tactic stamps4:03 whites turnthere are 2 variations whre white has to get out of the way of the center and check black and prevent black from winning in the thrid version you stay with your rook and pieces and mess about with white5:14 whites turn the best variation to play is 1.Rf4 Kd6 2.Kd4 Ke7 3.Kxd5 Rf8 4.b3 Rc8 5.Rb4 Rb8 6.Ke5 Kf7 7.Kf4 Kf6 8.Rd4 Re8 9.Rd6+ Kf7 10.Rb6 Re1 11.Rxb5 Rf1+ 12.Ke4 Re1+ 13.Kd4 Kf6 14.Rd5 Rd1+ 15.Kc4 Rc1+ 16.Kb5 Rb1 17.b4 Rb2 if you start thinking of notation when calculating uncertain position see if the notation would help you reach the second to the best ending for you in your head. rooks belong behind passed pawns8:14 whites turnthe best variation you can start off with after blacks move is b4 and white does kd4 and than Kc6 3.Kxd3 Kd5 4.Rf2 Rd6 5.Ke3 Ke5 6.f6 Rd8 7.f7 Rf8 8.Kd3 Rd8+ 9.Ke2 Rf8 10.Ke3 Kd5 11.Kd3 Ke5 12.Kc2 Ke4 13.Kd2 Ke5 14.Rf1 Kd5 15.Kc3 Ke5 16.Kc2 Rc8+ 17.Kd3 Rf8 18.Kc3 Ke4 19.Kb3 the idea is to let black make a pawn come forward and threaten him and than make the rook retreat and continue using your pieces to get to the end  king to e4 is the best move because if he didn't go there his f5 pawn would have been takenblack to c4the best move for white is kf6 9:00 whites turn9:09 whites turn9:10 blacks turn10:09 blacks turn10:10 whites turn10:36 whites turn10:37 blacks turn 10:38 whites turn 10:42 blacks turn10:44 whites turn 11:24 blacks turn 11:38 whites turn11:41 blacks turrn the idea is to give support to whites pawn on f6 and to threaten blacks pawn on b412:16 blacks turn 12:34 whites turn12:36 blacks turn i would say take blacks pawn with the white rook black goes to e6 white's rook goes to b6 check to black,the black king goes D7,as white take black's king and black's king goes c7whiterook goes e6 black goes to b6 white 's rook to e3 and black goes to d6 white's pawn goes to f7 black probably would resign seeing he will loseor the other option in the video i did think of the solution you showed at 13:19 first before my new idea of what to do in the present situation.12:49 whites turn12:51 blacks turn 16 more times in this video to increase my understanding of chess in this video

  3. Another great video from you guys!Great job to you too IM Kopec.Wish you all the best.Supporting you all the way guys :D.Keep the videos coming and God bless you

  4. and what about those who talk from the sidelines?!

  5. And those who cant do or teach talk trash on Youtube .

  6. IM is actually his first name.
    Dr. Kopec does not even play chess.

  7. And always remember to try and match your suit coat to the chessboard as closely as possible.

  8. Thanks Mr.Kopec! I need serious training here!

  9. What is so bad about white moving his pawn to G6?

  10. i think he should explain a little bit farther in each example, i feel like i didnt get the idea complete

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  12. This is to advanced for you..I suggest a book for beginners

  13. I think it's the fact that the rook now has free access to the g7 pawn. So, should the black king try to attack the white rook, it could evade the attack by capturing g7, hence staying on the 7th rank, which seems to be key to victory here.

  14. has anyone noticed about the chess board?

  15. This man is just an IM but he sounds like a GM

  16. Sad to see Danny go. Wonderful man and a great teacher. May he rest in peace.

  17. RIP Dr Kopec, you opened my eyes to the wondrous labyrinth of chess.

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