Queen vs Rook

Why should I learn it? Although a Queen is an overwhelming advantage over a Rook, winning against the weaker piece may not always be a walk in the park. The principles behind this not-so-common endgame are simple to grasp, and if you are at an advanced endgame level, you may afford to spend some time […]

King, Bishop and Knight vs King

Why should I learn it? If you have an excellent understanding of most basic endings, and if you’re at an advanced level in chess in general, then it’s worth taking the time to learn this checkmate. Much like the last example, this is a very rarely-occurring ending, but one that you cannot play to completion […]

Rook and Bishop vs Rook

Why should I learn it? This is not an endgame that you need to be in a hurry to learn, as it happens only very, very rarely. Not only is it rare, but it is also drawing—if the weaker side knows what it’s doing, that is. If it doesn’t, you can eventually push it into […]

Rook vs pawn: the pawn wins

Why should I learn it? We already looked at a case where the side with the pawn can draw. What if you are more ambitious, though? Well, it turns out that there are cases when the pawn, even a single pawn, can even win against a whole, healthy and very fit Rook! Being aware that […]

Corresponding squares

Why should I learn it? Corresponding squares are one of the most fascinating aspects of King and pawn endings, and if you’ve done enough study in the more elementary aspects of such endings—meaning you know your opposition, outflanking, mined squares, etc.—, then you deserve to learn this one. Understanding corresponding squares will allow you to […]

Same-colored Bishops: Part 2

Why should I learn it? As part of the same-colored Bishops concept that you’ve already seen if you are reading this guide from start to finish, this second position illustrates a more complicated maneuver that the side with the pawn must resort to. It’s useful to understand the dynamics of Bishop vs Bishop in such […]

Rook vs Bishop

Why should I learn it? A Rook vs a Bishop—without any other pawns—is a curious dynamic in chess endgames. Basically, while the Rook is indeed the stronger piece by far, its advantage is laid waste if there is no extra material to cooperate with. For the weaker side, reaching with their King a corner of […]

Queen vs pawn – Queen wins

Why should I learn it? Because it’s quite useful for pawn-race type positions. If you know how to win this type of position, you’ll earn many extra half-points in your games. When do I use it? Usually the way this plays out is when you promote before your opponent, but his pawn is almost reaching […]

Knight vs Rook pawn

Why should I learn it? OK, if we’re honest? Mostly for fun, because this is such an esthetically pleasing endgame! But also because it’s important to be aware that such endgames are possible, as it comes as a decidedly cool bonus when you play any kind of Knight and pawn ending. You know that thing […]

Other Rook endings

Why should I learn them? Once you “graduate” from learning the basics of Rook endings, you should continue improving by studying the less common ones, but that still make a big difference whenever you find yourself in this type of endgame. A case in point is this instance, where having a previously-acquired understanding of the […]