Test Your Pawn Endgame Knowledge, Part 1 | Principles of Chess Endgames | GM Naroditsky

In this and the next video, I offer 5 exercises to test your knowledge of the previous five pawn endgame videos. Each exercise is meant to help review and deepen your understanding of the concepts that I went over in the previous videos, as well as to nuance and strengthen your ability to approach difficult pawn endgames as a whole. Enjoy!

Puzzles

Solutions

00:00 Intro
5:40 Capablanca, Tuckerman Endgame
10:50 Rubinstein, Leonhardt Endgame
19:00 Polgar, Bareev Endgame
29:17 Tipary, Portisch Endgame
40:30 Smyslov, Dyslin Endgame

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169 Comments

  1. Absolutely wonderful – thank you so much for your work.

  2. In the fifth example there's an interesting line if on the second move black's king moves back and the pawns are traded. The win isn't really clear unless the pawn sac is found:[FEN "8/p4kp1/1p6/2p1pPp1/2PR3K/3P4/P1P5/8 w – – 0 1"]1. Kg4 exd4 2. Kxg5 Kg8 3. Kg6 Kf8 4. f6 gxf6 5. Kxf6 Ke8 6. Ke6 Kd8 7. Kd6 Kc88. Kc6 Kb8 9. a4 Kc8 10. a5 bxa5 11. Kxc5 (11. Kb5 $4 a4 12. Kxa4 a6 $1) *

  3. I am getting a coach next year, and I really hope it will help as much as you have helped me

  4. This series is amazing! Thanks for all of the effort 🙌There is a very resilient move for black in the 5th game that was not discussed. After 11. Kxc5, there is 11. … Ke5 preventing 12. Kxd4 and forcing a race between the a and g pawns which leads to simultaneous promotion.

  5. Just a heads-up for other people: the explanation for Rubinstein-Leonhardt in the video is actually not complete (there are more details in the Solutions link provided by Danya).After f6 gxf6+ Kd5, if both sides just turn it into a pawn race, Black is actually making it in time for a simultaneous promotion to Queen and a drawn position.Instead, White's King, after clearing the way for the White pawn on the b-file, has to chase down the f-pawn, ultimately baiting the Black King to the g3 square (in order to protect the f-pawn), which is a checking square for White's pawn upon promotion. In this way, White's pawn promotes first and checks Black's King before Black can promote his pawn, leading to a win.

  6. Man, I love your videos. It is such a treat to hear you talk. Your way of expression and speech is very effective and enjoyable.I am currently trying to push through the 2000 ceiling and your videos are helpful and motivational. Looking forward to meeting you in person one of these days.

  7. This is just a wealth of basic King & pawn endgames, we need to know, to improve this aspect
    of our play. I’m amazed that we can find this for free on the internet, and explained in such a clear way, that makes it so easy to understand those fundamental concepts.
    Great work Danya, love your series on the endgames topics. thanks

  8. Hey Daniel, I found a different move in the Rubinstein game and according to the engine it's also winning. The first move is the same: f6 gxf6, but then instead of Kd5, you can play Kf5. If black then plays Kg7 we play Ke6 and black is forced back from defending the f6 pawn, if black instead plays Ke7 we play Kg6 and we will be capturing the h6 pawn. When I plug this into the engine, one of the lines it suggests is for black to go for a5 instead and white is forced to play bxa5 and a pawn race ensues. According to the engine this is still winning for white.

  9. Just "solved" all of these (I say "solved" in quotes because I had to play through a couple of the variations instead of calculating the entire line in my head). Man these puzzles are awesome. Thank you for showcasing these, and although I didn't complete the puzzle in its entirety, it was still a blast to go through. I am going to go eat breakfast now, as it is nearly 11:00

  10. I see your warriors hoodie! Unsubscribed L creator warriors bad

  11. Best explanation of triangulation I have ever witnessed, thank you Dana.

  12. I just set up a nice new chessboard, so I figured I'd try to solve the puzzles otb rather than on a computer. I waited for the first puzzle, paused, set it up, and tried to solve it. It seemed super straightforward: white could clean up black's pawns with check, and had a pawn that could promote without much trouble. I pressed play, and immediately hear Daniel talking about how difficult these puzzles are. Going back to the puzzle, I wrack my brain trying to figure out a defense for black. Finding nothing, I decide to start the video again. A moment later, Daniel flips the board, and I realized it was supposed to be a puzzle from black's perspective, not white's.

  13. I hope you will make video about rook endgame too…

  14. On the first game you put a position from white's Point of View, you talk some, then you just switch the board and it turns out it's actually black to move and win, and you proceed on describing the whole solution. That's a rather confusing way to post a riddle.

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