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How good is your endgame playing chess?

Asked by Paradox25 (10196points) June 6th, 2012

The following links will take you to an chess endgame simulator. This link will take you to a common endgame scenerio, king and pawn vs lone king. Here is another common endgame scenerio, queen and king vs lone king. Here is a less common situation, and a little more difficult than the former two, king and rook vs lone king. These last two endgame scenerios are much less common than the other three above, and much more difficult to mate with: king and two bishops vs lone king and the most difficult situation out of the five posted here bishop, knight and king vs lone king. Note: The links to these (and more) are already provided on the website.

All five of these endgame scenerios are situations where mate can be forced within fifty moves. Can you force checkmate in all five of these endgame situations within the fifty move rule?

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ETpro's avatar

Back when I played routinely, it was awesome. I did not often lose if I went into the endgame with a pawn advantage.

Today, I am pretty sure it would suck. It’s been ages since I played against anyone who had won a state championship. I had studied the last two endgames and knew how to force checkmate. I’ve now forgotten them. But the first three are no-brainers.

Nullo's avatar

I sorta wing it. Some, like when you end with a rook and a queen among others, were easy enough. On one occasion (most likely a test – we of the chess club liked to experiment) we had a king each and a handful of pawns. Took forever.
I will be bookmarking your link, tho.

ETpro's avatar

@Nullo A pawn and a king versus a king is an interesting end game with nearly countless permutations. Of course, it you have the pawn advantage but the enemy king can capture your pawn before your king can reach the pawn to protect it, then it’s a stalemate. If you can protect it, then it’s a challenge to dance your king properly so the enemy king can’t move to prevent your queening the pawn without closing off all possible moves for the opposing king—which again is a stalemate.

Paradox25's avatar

I didn’t have a difficult time with four of the five scenerios above, when I first attempted to learn them that is. The one that gave me a difficult time was the king, knight and bishop vs a lone king scenerio. I know how to force mate rather easily now in all of these endgame situations, thanks to practice. Maybe this is a matter of opinion, but I feel the mate with two bishops and a king vs a lone king was much easier to learn than the bishop, knight and king vs the lone king situation.

Paradox25's avatar

@Nullo That is a good site to practice endgame technique on. The simulator also will always give you a different situation with each of those endgame scenerios linked above, so in this way you can master those endgame techniques.

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