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What are Magnus Carlsen’s strengths? Undoubtedly, he is a master of the chess endgame. While other players start to tire after a few hours at the board, the World Chess Champion plays the endgame with intense accuracy, grinding down his opponents and turning near-equal positions into victories.
On the flip side, chess endgames are usually a weak point for many club players. Some players mistakenly believe that the endgame is easy because there are fewer pieces left over.
These players are drawn to the latest trend in opening theory or exciting middlegame strategies with plenty of sacrifices, mating attacks and flamboyant tactics that they don’t don’t pay enough attention to the final, crucial, phase of the game.
However, this means that players who do have good endgame technique can get lots of easy points and strongly increase their ratings! After all, most chess games are decided in the endgame.
The endgame is clearly a very crucial part of the game! In fact, many coaches or advanced players often tell their students or beginner players who want to take the game seriously, that they should start by learning the endgame.
How can we learn how to handle chess endgames? It might seem overwhelming at first – after all, the pieces could be anywhere on the board in any configuration (unlike the opening where we know where all the pieces are).
If you are unsure how to approach a certain aspect of the game, it is always a great idea to look for a role model, a chess player with superb endgame technique. We can learn a lot by simply analyzing the games of the masters – in this case, Magnus Carlsen.
In his latest video, GM Damian Lemos analyzes more of Magnus Carlsen’s best chess endgames and examines how he is consistently successful in this important stage of the game.
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