Using Your King | Beginner to Master | Principles of Chess Endgames | GM Naroditsky

This video continues our journey into the heart of pawn endgames with a detailed overview of all things related to proper king use. We examine the 9 most important king use techniques, and then put them into practice by carefully analyzing a wealth of real-life examples.

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00:00 Intro
03:13 Opposition
8:15 Zugzwang
10:20 Shouldering
12:35 Waiting Moves
15:40 Triangulation
19:15 Charting A Course
22:00 Putting It Together
25:50 Distant Opposition Example
30:35 Pawn Assisted Opposition
35:02 Brute Force Calculation (Shouldering)
38:32 Example of Combining Principles
43:25 Example Waiting Moves
48:20 Title Tuesday Example Game
50:10 Triangulation Illustration
52:35 Charting a Course
56:20 Putting it Together Illustration

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  1. At 28:20, wouldn’t Kh3 achieve the same goal as Kh1? I’m sure there’s something wrong with Kh3, but I’m not sure what it is.

  2. Daniel 8:36 : Zugzwang means "forced move" not move trouble.

  3. Wow ty, that was a really fast hour😉I wouldn’t mind if it was longer it is just so great!

  4. Love your purely educational videos. Thank you!

  5. The last example was amazing. The whole video was great, but that last one was so good.

  6. 48:00 I wonder what will happen if Kb4 after Kb8, will white can win the game?

  7. You're a top tier human. I can't even begin to imagine how much work you've spent on yourself. Love from Canada❤

  8. Everytime you share your knowledge with us it amazes me! I am thousands of kilometers away here in eastern Europe but thanks to the Internet and your hard work I can attend your lectures for free. Thank You sir!

    PS. I was more than happy to find out that one of your games against Kayden Troff was featured in Fred's Wilson book "Simple attacking plans", what a nice game and a sharp attack!

  9. Conceptually, the reason white is able to triangulate in the position at 17:00 is white's space advantage. Since the c7 square is mined, black's king is trapped in the back-rank, while white's king is free to move to and from the c4, d4 and d5 squares, which are all connected to one another. If black could teleport from b8 to d8 and vice-versa, then black would be able to triangulate back with Kc8-d8-b8-c8, leading to a draw.

  10. What program is being used here for storing the various positions covered?

  11. 31:35 this is a small detail, but White can play e4 immediately because let's dxe4 fxe4 fxe4 Ke3, the pawn cannot be protected with Kf5 because g4! Kxg4 and Kxe4 is completely winning for White. So both e4 and Kd3 are winning.

  12. I have bought two end game courses on chessable so far. I have completed 75% of one and 25% of another so far. But I still don't miss any of your end game videos. I always learn something new when I watch your videos. If you ever publish a chessable course, I would buy with video without a second thought! I know it would be worth more than i pay for

  13. I never comment but when you do this types of series i absolutely have to. Insane work, insane teaching. Thank you so much. You cannot know how much you actually help. I and we really appreciate it.

  14. All chess learners are going to appreciate Daniil forever

  15. Danya dont be conscious of the video's length. everyone here has free will and no one is forced to sit though the entire thing. those of us who do, want to. thank you for the lesson

  16. Awesome lesson as always, thanks for this videos!

  17. Daniel you must see this comment and answer my question, please do not ignore. It is of the utmost importance that you answer this following question as it holds the secret to the universe:
    What is a woman?

  18. I'm 1950 Lichess and just beat a 2400 in a king and pawn endgame using the themes in this video! Danya, you beautiful b*****d, thank you!

  19. Amazing video. Thank you Danya.
    Will be watching this more than once.

  20. Thank you for finally adding to this series😊The amount of knowledge and insight you contribute to the chess community is priceless

  21. your conceptual video disappeared from the playlist

  22. This is such a great video/series! I have squandered so many similar situations.

  23. this is probably the most important chess video I've ever seen

  24. Where are the other videos he said we should watch first? Is there a playlist I'm not seeing?

  25. This endgame series could the very well best chess content on YouTube!

  26. Zwang means 'to be forced' / 'obligation' to Zugzwang mean Move-obligation

  27. 1:01:15 This is not true, black can play Kc8! and keep white from getting direct opposition. In this case I'm not sure how white makes progress because Ka5 -> Kb7 and black defends the pawn, and if you want to keep opposition you must repeat with Kc4 and you don't make much progress it seems.

  28. Thank you so much danya, you can't imagine how much confidence I gained after watching this series going into endgames knowing that I'm gonna win it easily

  29. Hi Danya – thanks for the amazing lesson as always 🙂

    In the last example isn't 1.g4 a simpler win as it locks up the position and deprives black of waiting moves while taking up more space as well

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