Endgames are the least studied part of the game by most players, and that makes playing them very difficult as we usually have little time left on the clock when we get to an endgame. So it's important to learn as much about endgames as possible so we can play the right plan almost automatically. Here are some good endgame ideas to follow:
- bring your king to the centre
- use your king to help your pawns promote OR to stop enemy pawns
- DON'T give up material
- pawns become more valuable in the endgame
- passed pawns need to advance as they become more dangerous the closer they get to promotion
Look at the following endgame that happened in Chess @ 4 last week. Who should be trying to win this position? What would be your plan to play this as White, or Black?
It is White to play. Try to work out some ideas before looking at what happened. The game can be seen here.