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R-323A (Black king on the longer side)

When the white king is in front of the pawn on the fifth rank, White has some prospects to win only if the black king is on the longer side. The critical position with the rook behind the central pawn was examined by Kling and Horwitz long ago, in 1851. Evaluation of the position depends […]

Chess Endgame Puzzles. Collection of instructive puzzles from chess endgames.

Chess Endgame Puzzles

Collection of chess endgames puzzles     In this post you can find collection of instructive chess endgames puzzles. We choose puzzles from classical chess endgames, chess studies and practical chess games.  Puzzles are updated periodically, new puzzles are added, some of old puzzles may be excluded. We have included some very easy puzzles, […]


Martinovic Videki
ocBs and more Ps Practical EndGames Analysis


  Very interesting opposite colour bishop endgame. At the end this game ended with the same position as the longest game in history of the World Championship matches.   Event: TCh-AUT 2018-19 Site: Austria AUT Date: 2018.11.15 White: Martinovic, Sasa WhiteElo: 2563 Black: Videki, Sandor BlackElo: 2400 Result: 1/2-1/2  

Practical EndGames Analysis scBs and more Ps Study-like Practical EndGames

Fedorov, V. – Arkhipov, S.

White to move. Take the pawn or keep the king away from our kingside? White: Fedorov, V. Black: Arkhipov, S. Year: 1980 Result: 1/2-1/2

ocBs and more Ps Practical EndGames Analysis Study-like Practical EndGames

Makarichev, S. – Averbakh, Y.

It can be extremely difficult to win an opposite-colored bishops endgame, even with 2 extra pawns. Here is one aesthetic example from the past. Black to move. Event: URS-ch sf Lvov Year: 1973 White: Makarichev, Sergey Black: Averbakh, Yuri Result: 0-1

B+2P vs N+P Practical EndGames Analysis Study-like Practical EndGames

Kozul Z. – Zaja I.

White dominates in this simple endgame position. Next plan is to pick up black’s last remaining pawn.  But Black is to move. White: Kožul, Zdenko WhiteElo: 2590 Black: Žaja, Ivan BlackElo: 2440 Year: 1997 Result: 1/2-1/2

N+P vs 3P Practical EndGames Analysis Study-like Practical EndGames

P. Svidler – V. Anand

Here is one well known, older ending from a high class game where White missed a nice winning motif. Do you think you would find it? Event: Dos Hermanas White: Svidler, Peter WhiteElo: 2713 Black: Anand, Viswanathan BlackElo: 2781 Result: 1/2-1/2

Practical EndGames Analysis Rook+N+Ps vs Rook+Ps

Rapport – Jones

  At first glance I thought this is easily winning endgame. White has many ideas: Black king is not safe, White always has mating motifs. Probably the main idea is to sacrifice rook on f7 and White wins if after Rf7, Nf7 Kf7 he can play Kd5! with the winning pawn ending. Also black rook […]

Important Endings Practical EndGames Analysis Two Knights versus Pawn

Karjakin – Sevian

  Famous Troitsky line says this is a draw. White has to stop the g-pawn on g6 and at that moment and of course with knight on g5, White is winning. In this particular position Black should decide which corner is the best for his king and Sevian made wrong decision moving the king toward […]

Practical EndGames Analysis R+4P vs R+3P Study-like Practical EndGames

Zelcic, R – Martinovic, S

During this year’s Croatian Individual Championship we noticed an interesting endgame position. Black is to move. Can you find a win? Event: Croatian Individual Championship White: Zelčić, Robert WhiteElo: 2520 Black: Martinović, Saša BlackElo: 2555 Result: 1/2-1/2    


Lucena Position

R-226A (Lucena position)

6.3. Rook and Pawn Versus Rook (Lucena Position) Lucena Position is one of key positions in Rook vs Pawn Endgames. In most cases these endgames are a draw, especially when the pawn is distant from the promotion square. When the pawn is relatively close, the crucial question is if the weaker side’s king will manage […]


  Rook and Pawn versus Bishop White’s material advantage is so big that the win is only the matter of elementary technique. When, however, Black blocks the square in front of the passed pawn with both pieces, the way to win is extremely difficult, and sometimes even impossible. Relative positions of kings and pawns are […]

Chess Endgames Themes and Motifs

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Basic Chess Endings - book by GM Vlado Kovacevic Endgame Books

GM Vlado Kovacevic: Basic Chess Endings

  GM Vlado Kovacevic is a member of our team and his great books are a valuable part of this portal. Vlado is a legendary Croatian chess Grandmaster and leading endgame expert. Vlado wrote excellent Chess Endings books in 7 volumes. Most of his work is published in Croatian language and some also in English. […]

Chess Endgames Network Q&A

  What is is a chess portal specialized for endgames. Our intention is to cover everything related to chess endgames. It is designed for both educational approach for those who want to learn the theory and encyclopedic  approach for those who want to research particular theme. Who is it for? Everyone interested in […]

Chess Endgames Network

How to use

  For beginners who want to learn the basics: We recommend to go through the book Basic Endings by Vlatko Kovacevic. You can read it online in our pgn reader. Each position in the book has links to previous and next position; it should be fairly easy to navigate through the book.   For advanced […]

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GM Vlado Kovacevic: Chess Endgames

Vlado Kovacevic: Chess Endgames (7 books) World chess literature abounds in numerous works in which the rich chess experience accumulated over the centuries has been systematically presented. Due to a richness of possibilities and the brilliancy of combinations, the attention of most authors has been centered on the theory of openings and the middle game. […]