Grandmaster Chess Endgames #2

This video series explores endgame play by the very best at chess.

This endgame happened in round 7 of the 2009 Corus Chess Tournament in the game GM Nigel Short vs GM Rustam Kasimdzhanov.

Nigel Short’s opponent, Rustam Kasimdzhanov, was the FIDE champion in 2004.


  1. Totally agree Majnu! He really set up a fantastic winning position by combining all the small advantages over the course of play. I am watching him in round 8 now on my blog, and he is in another endgame.

  2. what are the names of the books, i need some good books to be a grandmaster

  3. They are listed on the main page under the resources title. Thanks for checking out the vid!

  4. Agreed – I really enjoyed watching this one.

  5. Planning on doing actual over the board tournaments this summer, so I will be posting how that goes. Thanks for checking out the vid!

  6. I make the vids for free because I enjoy doing them. The research end of things helps with my chess study. Thanks for checking out the vid!

  7. He certainly could have tried, but the chance of a stalemate in such a strong position is practically zero.

  8. It should be noted that Short's opponent Rustam Kasimdzhanov was the FIDE Champion in 2004.

  9. i am now following jrobi's videos very avidly.
    thanks jrobi. your insights are very helpful.
    keep posting

  10. I could recommend some books if you like. But you say to be a grandmaster. Unless you are as talented as Magnus Carlsen, that may take some time.

  11. See answer below and thanks for checking out the vid!

  12. Thanks Porpholoephais – I enjoyed this endgame.

  13. Thanks bhaveshkotaking – I appreciate the feedback!

  14. The E7 square would be one of the three squares neccessary for the black king to protect it's pawn in case the bishop was unable to support it. It was also the square the Mr. Short used to double up the black pawns leading to the pawn formation later on in the game that was important in building the winning position. Thanks for checking out the vid!

  15. Aquarium w/Rybka. I have a vid on it and links on my personal site. Thanks for checking out the vid!

  16. wow this was at january 24 2009! its good to know that ure still active jrobi. big fan btw.

  17. Most of your videos are appreciated! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Not a biggie…but is it possible to get a square board?
    Thanks again!

  18. at 7:34 the knight could have gone to e7, forked king and pawn and taken pawn on c6. what was the reason he didnt take the chance? Did I oversee something?

  19. The bishop would take the knight there unfortunately. Thanks for checking out the vid!

  20. omg what a blunder, you are totally right of course.
    anyways thanks a lot for the videos and especially your explanation, and of course your presence at the comments!!!
    you should take money for it haha

  21. Nd4 would not be played at 9:10 – it would be an option if the C pawn was able to advance forward first. If the bishop was forced off B6, the pawn on A5 falls, and if the white pawn is taken on C5, then the C6 pawn falls from black. Thanks for checking out the vid!

  22. I really enjoyed this, the planning so far ahead and all the build-up was fascinating to review. Couldn't have done it without you, so thank you very much.

  23. absoloutely,, i just find it fascinating all of the variables such as colour square and position of pawns can effect the valubility of the bishop and knight..

  24. Em… these guys are grandmasters… they no what theyre doing a lot more then u guys

  25. This one I found much more instructive than the Fisher game & it is definitely an endgame I could have easily butchered.

    I also feel the poor old knight gets a rough deal in modern chess with many comments about bishop pairs and long range pieces in end games espec with pawns on both wings.

    The knight attacks a5 but then d2 -> e4 and he's attacking on the other wing. It may take a bishop 2 moves to achieve the same & shows if you get your knight on the right "circuit" he can be a big force.

  26. Well…Nd4, Bxd4, cxd4, f5+, gxf4, kf6 and black creates a very dangerous outside passed h pawn which allows him to win

    Or Nd4, Bxd4, Kxd4, f5, Kxf5 and it comes to the same thing.

    Either way Nd4 loses the game as I may well have done myself over the board without careful thought.

    Whereas, Short spotted the devastating dominance of the Knight, provided he got it on the right circuit.

    That's why this game is so instructive.

  27. Hi! I appreciate the level of commentary in the video. Can you fix the aspect ratio, though? It's distracting that the squares aren't… square.

  28. @8:15, why not Nd4 winning a pawn or if Bxd4, infiltrating with Kxd4?

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