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. thx teacher Danya for blessing us, you the best.

  2. Great basic comprehensive endgame video and exercises!

  3. Hello Daniel, you really don't need to worry about the length of the videos. As long as they may be, everything you tell us is SO educational, and that's all that matters. Let’s just enjoy together 😊

  4. I think an easy way to understand when Triangulation works, is when your opponent can't make a triangle path but you can. In the example 16:10 , black king can't use triangulation because he can't go to the c7 square (Kc7 – Kc5 and white wins), and that it self can give white the possibility to create infinite Zugzwangs against black King x)

  5. Best chess teacher on youtube, hands down

  6. Hello danya im pretty sure the example from 43:14 to 48:00 is wrong the black king can't stand on b7 since the white pawn is blocking.

  7. beautiful explanations of complex king endgames

  8. How does your pieces look so white? how do i get that?

  9. I have nothing new to add to what's been said many times before by others here, but still feel like i have to leave a comment to express my gratitude. Rewachting these videos (2023 is my endgame year) , this endgame series is just pure gold. Thank you so much Danya for all your time and work you put in this, you're a legend!

  10. Даня, ты лучший! Спасибо тебе 🫶

  11. “Turn your phone off”
    Me watching this on my phone😮

  12. I'm so thankful for your videos danya – I love learning from you and have had lots of success since beginning to watch you! This series in particular has been extremely helpful.

  13. "I was tempted to procrastinate, so I did" 😂

  14. Excellent video. I want to mention that the best discussion of opposition I've ever read was by IM Jonathan Hawkins in his excellent book "Amateur to IM", in which he notes that too many players believe that achieving the opposition is an end to itself, but in reality, the ultimate goal is outflanking the opponent's king and opposition is just a means to either achieve or deny the outflanking maneuver.

  15. Its right that its writen "Zug Zwang" but in german z is pronounced "ts" so it should be read "tsug tswang".
    Thanks very much Daniel for this awsome series.

  16. amazing stuff, thank you Danya! and congrats on the 300K subs, been here since 30K or so

  17. zwang in zugzwang actually means "force" like to be forced to move

  18. Imagine how blessed people even 10 years ago would feel to have such easy access to such high level instruction for free!

  19. Thank you so much Mister Naroditsky for these useful in depth valuable lesson!

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