Beginning Chess Lessons: Part 3 : How to Play an End Chess Game

Beginning Chess Lessons: Part 3 : How to Play an End Chess Game


Let’s take a look now at the end game. The
character of the end game, as I mentioned earlier, is essentially different because
by this point in time, most of the pieces have been removed from the board and it’s
much safer now to bring the King out and into action. And, indeed, in the end of the game,
the King can be a very powerful piece and make a very significant difference to the
game. And the other thing about the end game, as I said earlier, I think, very slight advantages
can become much more significant at this point. For example, if you have a situation where
you had just a black King and a white King and a white pawn, this pawn would now be,
of course, a pass pawn. Nothing actually stops it between where it wants to go to Queen.
And the only thing that could possibly prevent it Queening is the King. And these end games
tend to, for the most part, to be decided on whether or not it is possible to Queen
a pawn. And so one very quick way that you can always tell is simply by counting the
number of squares that are involved. Now here white would have to go one, two, three, four,
five squares to Queen. Black, at the same time to prevent it Queening, would only actually
have to go one, two, three squares. Therefore, in this position, the white pawn cannot make
a run for it because it won’t get there and it will be captured by the black King before
it makes it. So there’s a different way of playing it in that situation and I’ll discuss
that in the next segment.

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