Top 25 Chess Endgame Principles – Endgame Concepts, Ideas | Basic Chess Endgame Principles and Plans

Clear and easy to follow, WITH EXAMPLES – the top 25 chess ENDGAME principles that EVERY chess player needs to know.

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0:00 – Intro
0:29 – #1 – Watch out for stalemate
0:50 – #2 – Activate your king
1:07 – #3 – Centralize your king
1:25 – #4 – Passed pawns should be pushed
1:52 – #5 – Try to create passed pawns
2:11 – #6 – Passed pawns should be supported by your pieces
2:50 – #7 – King and Queen checkmate idea
3:11 – #8 – King and Rook checkmate idea
3:33 – #9 – Two Bishops checkmate idea
3:57 – #10 – Knight and Bishop checkmate idea
4:54 – #11 – Two Knights checkmate idea
5:17 – #12 – Flank pawns are hard to stop (especially for Knights)
5:45 – #13 – 2 Connected pawns on 6th rank beat a rook
6:19 – #14 – Further advanced pawns are more valuable
7:11 – #15 – Opposition is important in King and Pawn endings
8:12 – #16 – Rooks go behind passed pawns
8:43 – #17 – Connected passed pawns are best, then protected, then flank
9:16 – #18 – Opposite colored bishop endings are drawish
10:07 – #19 – Bishops better than knights with pawns on both sides of board
10:26 – #20 – In Queen endings, watch out for perpetual check
11:07 – #21 – In Rook endings, cut off opponent’s king
11:42 – #22 – Rooks should be put far away from other pieces
12:30 – #23 – Wrong bishop and flank pawn is a draw
13:40 – #24 – Zugzwang!
14:48 – #25 – Knights can’t lose a tempo

King and Queen Checkmate:
King and Rook Checkmate:
2 Bishops Checkmate:
Knight and Bishop Checkmate:

About this video:

These chess endgame principles cover things like Opposition, Zugzwang, Losing Tempo and much more. Additionally, you will learn the basic ideas of the King and Queen checkmate, the King and Rook checkmate, the 2 Bishops checkmate, the Knight and Bishop checkmate, and the 2 Knight checkmate (actually draw). Chess endgame principles are crucial to help you win the end of your chess games. These chess endings principles will take your chess strategy to the next level. These chess concepts and ideas are crucial to improve at chess. One of the best ways to improve your chess strategy, is to learn these important chess principles. These chess strategies will help your chess rating grow very rapidly. These chess principles are beneficial to beginners, intermediate chess players and advanced chess players as well. There are some beginner chess principles, some intermediate chess principles, and some advanced chess principles. links are affiliate links.


  1. Good video, but I wouldn't include elementary checkmates as principles. I would much rather include rook behind a passed pawn.

  2. Watch out ! Your opponent is also watching this video!! ๐Ÿ˜…

  3. Thank you very much publisher. Another lesson in your series which find clear and friendly to the novice. Thank you.

  4. "In order to improve your game, you must study the endgame before everything else, for whereas the endings can be studied and mastered by themselves, the middle game and the opening must be studied in relation to the endgame."

    -Josรฉ Raรบl Capablanca

  5. Very informative and lots of learning .. thanks ๐Ÿ™

  6. Whenever I have a chess tournament, I watch a bunch of Nelson's videos to be a far better chess player

  7. I learn so much by watching your videos. They're great. You break things down so when you tells us what to do, you explain why. So many of the Youtubers are really great chess players but terrible teachers. I tried them all and settled here. Chess Vibes has improved my skill more than hours and hours of other youtube teachers. Thanks, keep doing what you do. Don't get me wrong, I learn from a of them, but the highest rated are rarely thebest teachers.

  8. love your videos, I went from 1200 on lichess to 1500 in a month by watching your stuff

  9. I played against a dude who was spaming me "play quick" all the time. So i got mad and promoted 3 pawns to queen , and intentionally stalemate just for fun. It was a fun moment

  10. I wish I was friends with you in real life. You seem like a good person.

  11. Thanks! You create the best chess content on YT. Just won against a much higher rated player thanks also to this video. A bit of an eye-opener.

  12. Could you post them in list format? Want to print out and focus on the ones that I did not know

  13. Great Video! I also love the way you pronounce Zugzwang ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ itโ€™s a German word and usually doesnโ€™t sound like the English โ€žwangโ€œ

  14. just want to add my voice to all the people saying your teaching style is so good. You have such a clear understanding of the concepts, and you don't mince words. you tell us what we need to know to get better, and you show us what we need to do. you make the concepts into something more cohesive and big-picture than just 'here's what moves you make.'

  15. I thought โ€œend game,โ€ simply means queens are off the board..

  16. Another thing about passed pawns. if you have a pawn majority even by 1, and you can not promote your passed pawn, push it anyway. Force the enemy King to capture it, thus moving away from their own pawns, so your King can pick those up. This only works if you have more than one pawn.

  17. What I like about this vid – and basically all of Chess Vibes vids – is you learn something right out of the gate, but it is also worthwhile coming back and reviewing as you improve; as you get slightly better you can a) review the advice, and b) see how the advice applies in a slightly more complex way.

  18. If I recall correctly, isn't it true that perpetual check is the repetition of the same position, NOT the same moves??

  19. Thank you for explaining Zugzwang. I saw Eric Rosen's class on end games, and he said the term many times, but never defined it.

  20. Knight's can't lose a tempo. You to put the bishop on the left side of the king and the black king can move on the left side is a yes, and the knight you put the kinght over the (G6, knight) and check and the king can move the leftside and done!

  21. You are appreciated for your beautiful explanation!

  22. The position at 10:04 with opposite color bishops… looks winning for white… like Ba3… and then b4 to make a passed pawn… I think I could win that… if en passant then the move c4 becomes a passed pawn as well.

  23. The horse, Bishop and King vs King endgame is challenging to learn, took me hours to consistently win that position

  24. Amazing information! I canโ€™t believe itโ€™s free! Thank you! ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿปโค๏ธ

  25. At 5:30, what if knight goes to f4, d5, then c7, forcing a check and then captures the queen?

  26. Nice video! Very informative. But you have to learn how to pronounce Zugzwang ๐Ÿ˜„

  27. I played out the position where you used to the rook to cut off the king, then theoretically march the king and pawn up forcing a sacrifice. But couldnโ€™t black just endlessly check the king anytime it comes up alongside the pawn to support its advance? I got stuck just going around the pawnโ€ฆbut I also donโ€™t think it be 3-fold repโ€ฆam I missing something here?

  28. the best ever series about chess prinicples from different stages!!! respect!

  29. excellent videos. Can you do a playlist of the pirc and king's indian defence and king's indian attack?

  30. These vids rock man. suuuper easy to follow and informative. thnx for what u do

  31. A freaking chess cheat sheet? New player here, your content is above and beyond.

  32. it's not worth the time to learn a bishop and knight checkmate. you're better off practicing pawn or pawn and rook endgames which are far more common

  33. Your videos are perfect ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿป

  34. When put to you Zugswang really sucks wang.

  35. Well he want to say your knight is just fucked up when it comes to end game

  36. Donโ€™t move your bishop like rooks๐Ÿ˜Š

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