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Subject: Your Favorite Endgame(s) ?

Do you have a favorite or two type of engame you enjoy? Whether of certain pieces involved or more conceptual ... such as "I like endgames ...: I'm winning! / with only minor pieces / with Queenside pawn majority / or Whatever" . Any particular reason you just like That ending So Much ... ?! (Personally, I rather enjoy the endgames that never happen! But second to those I also enjoy Knight endings and Rook & P endings a lot. Generally dislike Queen and pawn endings unless it looks like a win is lurking there, with some degree of certainty) I find Winnable Opposite Colored Bishop endings to be quite interesting at times. And discovering the factors that give chances in this or other normally drawish endings.
How about you?! Tell us your secret endgame desires, if you dare )8-)
(How about it Stephen !?!! How's those endgames goin ? :)



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Another thing I like ...

JUst remembered, I really enjoy getting into an endgame where there is still King danger lurking about. And like seeing the ones where use of a mating motif comes into play ... perhaps which gives the advantage after it is countered. I like these type ideas to show up after my opponent has gotten their mind set into Endgame Mode, so such concepts are usually unexpected. And often overlooked. And so can be all the more powerful when found. I especially like it in Over-The-Board play, with its time factor and the psychological impact such a maneuver can have there, and be difficult to get past, even if the actual mate attempt falls short.



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I loved the conclusion of this game. My opponent was so focused on endgame play that he forgot he could still get mated:

[Site "";]
[Date "2004.07.15"]
[White "philaretus"]
[Black "pavelnedved"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "1749"]
[BlackElo "1740"]
[TimeControl "1/259200"]
[Mode "ICS"]
[Termination "normal"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6
6. Be2 e5 7. Nb3 Be7 8. O-O O-O 9. Kh1 Qc7 10. f4 b5
11. fxe5 dxe5 12. Bg5 Nbd7 13. Bd3 h6 14. Bh4 Bb7 15. Qf3 Nb6
16. Bxf6 Bxf6 17. Qg3 Qe7 18. Na5 Rab8 19. Nxb7 Rxb7 20. Rf5 g6
21. Rff1 Bg7 22. a4 b4 23. Nd1 a5 24. Ne3 Rc7 25. Bb5 h5
26. Rad1 Rcc8 27. Nd5 Nxd5 28. Rxd5 Rxc2 29. Qb3 Rc7 30. Rfd1 Rfc8
31. Ba6 Ra8 32. Qd3 Qg5 33. Bc4 Rac8 34. b3 Ra7 35. Rd7 Rxd7
36. Qxd7 Rf8 37. h3 Qe3 38. Qb7 Bh6 39. Qd5 Bf4 40. Qd3 Qf2
41. Qf3 Qh4 42. Qd3 Kg7 43. Kg1 Qg5 44. Kh1 h4 45. Kg1 Be3+
46. Kh1 Qg3 47. Rf1 Bf4 48. Qxg3 Bxg3 49. Rd1 f5 50. exf5 gxf5
51. Rd5 Ra8 52. Kg1 Kf6 53. Kf1 Kg5 54. Ke2 Kf4 55. Kf1 Ke4
56. Ke2 Bf4???

Now he can avoid mate only at the cost of his rook.

57. Rd6 Bg3 58. Bd5+ 1-0

A game that, of course, I hardly deserved to win.



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Right now? King, Rook, Pawn endgames. I don't get those tricky knights yet! A bishop or two, if I must, but, yes.

I like the endgames where there are still a few tactical ideas to play with. Mostly it's endgame positional play but every move is hedged around with the smoky scent of tactics, poised to enflame at any moment if the slighest error is made.



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I don't even have a favorite color.

Still, I do recall a blitz game where I sacked a minor piece for two pawns in the opening and in the endgame, my opponent's knight was helpless against the advancing pawns. So, I do have a fondness for endgames where advanced pawns overwhelm superior force.

My business card (as a scholastic chess coach) has two pawns on some squares as the image. Pawn power!



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I hear a lot of stuff about rook & pawn endgames that I generally dont understand.

Apparently from what I recall it is considered better to have your rook behind enemy pawns... can anybody explain?



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A rook in front of an enemy pawn.....

....may be reduced to complete immobility by the advance of the pawn. This is why the King is the best blockader of a pawn --- being immobile is something that Kings are very good at.



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My favorite...

is the rook and pawn endgame with one rook and three pawns on queenside and kingside. I love to spread my opponent thin and attack his weakness. I hate any endgame that involves the queen though mostly because I dont like the queen.

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