Category Archives: End Game

Lessons From a Tournament Chess Game

By Jonathan Whitcomb, a chess tutor in Utah UCER Ratings in Utah Certain chess clubs in the Salt Lake Valley have their games rated using the UCER system (Utah Chess Estimated Rating), which is similar to the national rating program used … Continue reading

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An Instructive End Game at the Harman Chess Club

By the author of the book Beat That Kid in Chess: Jonathan Whitcomb I’m a chess tutor in living in Murray, Utah, and am active in the chess club of the Harman Senior Recreation Center in West Valley City. Recently I played an endgame there against … Continue reading

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Javelin in the Queen Versus Rook

Introduction I’ve enjoyed watching Youtube videos by Derek Grimmell, instructional productions on various aspects of the queen-versus-rook end games of chess. I don’t recall even one of them that would not be of great value to an average (or above … Continue reading

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A New Method: Using the Queen-Versus-Rook

How should a chess instructor teach basic tactics to advanced beginners or lower-ranked tournament players? Consider using the endgame of king-plus-queen versus king-plus-rook. What marvelous tactics can be taught in this kind of endgame! Few chess books have anything about the … Continue reading

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Third Rank Defense of Queen Versus Rook

Let’s look at the standard winning method against the Third Rank Defense in the queen versus rook end game. This is a challenging defense to break down. Diagram-1 of this variation of the queen-versus-rook Notice the key elements: Defending king … Continue reading

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Queen Versus Rook – Euwe Position

This is the Euwe position of the queen-versus-rook end game, named for Max Euwe, who was briefly the World Champion of chess in the early 1930’s. It is the defender’s move below, so what can black do? Diagram-1 Moving Rc8 soon … Continue reading

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Queen Versus Rook – Draw Possibilities

When you have the queen, in an ending with nothing but a queen and an opposing rook, watch out for the defender’s drawing opportunities. . Queen versus Rook end game, with white to move In the above position, white may … Continue reading

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Queen Versus Rook – Philidor Endgame

What is the Philidor position? It depends on what kind of endgame you’re talking about. With queen versus rook, it looks something like this: Here are the key elements to remember: Attacking king is two diagonal squares from corner Rook is … Continue reading

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Endgame Study by Grigoriev (1932) Reviewed

The Russian chess master Nikolay Grigoriev (1895-1938) won clear first place in the following Moscow City Championships: 1921-1922 1922-1923 1923 1924 1929 He drew five of the seven games of the match he played against Alexander Alekhine in 1921 (A. … Continue reading

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An Endgame Puzzle for Beginners

With white to move, is it possible to win? This endgame study is especially important for beginners, but it may be too easy for many experienced tournament players. Notice that for the white king to move towards the kingside is … Continue reading

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Bishop Plus Knight Against Lone King

Few endgame problems are as difficult as the B+N vs lone-king. If the defender knows to retreat the king into the corner of opposite color of the bishop, no checkmate can be forced there. The attacker must force the defending … Continue reading

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Queen versus Rook – Trapezoid

Black to move, what can be done? Derek Grimmell calls this the trapezoid, a key position in the queen-versus-rook endgame. Although it may look innocent enough, black has no move that does not quickly lose. Rook moves on the eighth … Continue reading

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