Want to squeeze every last half-point from your chess endgames?
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After hours of play against a tough opponent, you finally reach an endgame. Your edge is slight and, in 20 moves time, the result will be known. Whether you win or draw depends on how you conduct those next 20 moves.
IM Valeri Lilov is here to arm you with all the skills you need to squeeze every last half-point from your endgames with his new course, Practical Chess Endgames for Club Players.
The focus is entirely on the type of positions you encounter in real play. You will learn how to think in the endgame; how to make progress in tricky positions and how to coordinate your pieces like a master.
In this exclusive free preview, IM Valeri Lilov focuses on piece activity, a crucial part of the endgame. The concept of piece activity is extremely important in any practical endgame. Are
your opponent’s pieces tied to passive defense? Do you have open files or outposts for your pieces?
Valeri shows how piece activity trumps material in the endgame: Whenever you can, maximize the strength of your pieces and make them as active as possible – even at the cost of a little bit of material, this can greatly improve your position and help you to win games that may not have seemed winnable at first. Material is often not as relevant as the initiative in endgames.
Usually, it is not wise to give up valuable pieces for a single pawn in endgames. Pawn grabbing should be avoided because activity outweighs material in most endgames.
You should also make sure to let all your pieces participate in the endgame and improve all your pieces as much as you can. Don’t play with only half your army!
Valeri covers these points, and more, along with practical examples, in the video.
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I think I”m going crazy here but I can’t see what I’m missing. From about 5 minutes in until around 11 minutes, don’t we have the idea Rd8+, Rc8 only move. Then we just move the rook back to d7, and he’s in total zugzwang. If he moves the king to a8, then the immediate Nc7+, and if he doesn’t take with the rook, then Na6+, and after the only move, Ka8, Ra7 is mate.If he instead moves the rook anywhere, then Rb8+. If he moves the king to a8, Nc7+ Is either mate or he takes with the rook, depending on where he went. If he moves the king to c8, then Na7+, and ah, I see it now.Okay, so if he moved his rook far enough away on the c file, then his king can indeed escape there.