P-1 (Basic Chess Endings)

Basic Checkmates Basic Motifs Chess Endgames E-book: Basic Endings Must-Know Endings Pawnless


This book presents a lot of material and the systematic revelation of chess secrets to the attentive and ambitious reader, it is intended as a guide not only for the beginners and young and talented players, the author hopes it may also be used as a manual by chess coaches and a valuable source of reference for top-level players. In short, this book is intended for all those who are aware of the importance of the chess endings and wish to improve their technique and broaden their chess horizons. – Basic checkmates. – Pawn Endgames chapter. – Knight Endgames chapter. – Bishop Endgames chapter. – Minor Piece Endgames chapter. – Rook Endgames chapter. – Rook and Minor Piece Endgames. – Queen Endgames chapter


As this book is intended for beginners as well, we shall in the introductory chapter briefly consider all the elementary endings in which the superior side has sufficient mating material.

1.1. King and Queen versus King

1. King and queen always win against a sole king. The winning strategy consists in driving the enemy king to the edge of the board where the final blow will be delivered. The only danger here is a possibility of a stalemate which can easily be avoided by keeping the queen at a sufficient distance.

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GM Vlatko Kovacevic

Vlado Kovacevic is a chess grandmaster and an endgame expert. He very successfully competed on the national team. From 2000 – 2004, he acted as selector of the Croatian Men’s national team. He is also a well-known chess author.