End Game Techniques for Juniors

‘End Game Techniques’ will be explained in more detail on Saturday mornings at the Bournemouth Library, this is for Juniors and Beginners.This week let’s take a look at:-

Ways to succeed in the Endgame – extracts from the book by Tim Onions and David Regis

Normal Opposition

How to play for a win in chess endgames? Use the opposition. When you know all about the opposition, you will be able to make your king as strong as possible. In the next diagram you see the initial position when we talk about the opposition.

You are white. The black king prevents you from reaching any of the three marked squares. You prevent the black king from reaching them too. Is there a way to advance? Yes there is! You have to make sure your opponent has the move in this position. When your opponent has the move, he can’t continue defending all three squares.

After 1….Ke7; you can play 2.Kc6, reaching a marked square. This way you’ll make progress by advancing the pawn to the Queening square and winning.

The rule to remember is: if you don’t have the move in the above diagram, you have the opposition. You could also remember this as follows. If you are the one to make the last move to reach an opposition position, you have the opposition.

Try this excercise, White to move, can White Queen the pawn?

‘End Game Techniques’ will be explained in more detail on Saturday mornings at the Bournemouth Library, this is for Juniors and Beginners. Topics which will be covered include

If you have a bad pawn structure, you will most assuredly lose to a good player. If you do not understand basic pawn endings you will throw away wins and sometimes even lose won positions.

So let’s start with the Rule of the Square. This is a handy way to cut thinking time when it comes to pushing your pawn.