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Original Articles for Club Players

Category: Endgame

A Brief Glimpse at the Vančura Position
Josef Vančura was a Czech composer born at the end of the nineteenth century and buried only 23 years later, in 1921. He's remembered for a specific rook and rook's pawn vs rook endgame which he carefully studied. Due to his work history will call this the Vančura Position. Most chess…

An Easy-to-Grasp Introduction to the Theory of Corresponding Squares
Probably the theory of corresponding squares is one of the hardest aspects of chess endgames. It is mainly applied to pawn-ending situations where king maneuvers are essential. ‘The ideal case is a system of squares where both kings are in reciprocal zugzwang’, explains Karsten Müller on the ever-consulted ‘Fundamental Chess Endings’ (Gambit).…

The Seesaw and the Stairway Maneuver
A couple of months ago Dana Mackenzie published an instructive article about the technique required to succeed in a classic king-and-queen-vs-king-and-rook endgame. He decided to call that maneuver the Seesaw. Let me show you why he did so and then how I came to discover the Stairway maneuver. [fen cal=Rf4f5,Rf5e4,Re4e6,Re6d5,Rd5d7,Rd7c6,Rc6c8]8/8/8/8/4q2k/8/5R1K/8 w -…

Essential Knight Maneuvers for the Club Chess Player
Knight's way of dancing makes it quite a special ally for the attacker player. Not just is it a fantastic tactical weapon but also a dominating force in the endgame in many cases. The club chess player should grasp the essential knight maneuvers which will assure him a better general…

One Classic, Tricky and Timeless Rook Endgame to Master
Some weeks ago I was leafing through my old chess mags when suddenly I spotted a classic rook endgame which called my attention. I don't know where you live, but in the year 1994 not many of my neighbours count on a computer at home ---not to mention a chess…

Geometry of the Chessboard: 3 Indispensable Patterns
Most students will tell you the shortest route between two points is a straight line, although 'for the kings on the chessboard this is only valid for the diagonals', wrote GM Karsten Müller and IM Frank Lamprecht on their monumental work 'Fundamental Chess Endings’ (Gambit). Indeed, the geometry of the chessboard…