Tips on: Endgame, Middle-To-Endgame Transition

Guys! Chess is very random, isn’t it?

No, it is not. The reason why you’re unable to successfully transition from a middlegame position to a better Endgame position is not that you forgot to like the “Bad Luck if you ignore this post” over on Facebook, but because you didn’t exchange the correct pieces, or you weren’t simply supposed to exchange pieces at all!

Pointing out the obvious, if you’re a pawn down – Aim to go towards Rook Endgames/Opposite Colored Bishops because those carry a high chance of a draw even if you’re down a pawn.

Additionally, if you have an isolated queen pawn (referred to as IQP) – You do not want to exchange pieces generally because that will make the weakness more obvious. Same case if you have worse/weak pawn structure – exceptions are always there.

Once in a while during middlegame, it’s always good to imagine the position without the Queens, as to get a significant idea of what sort of game you should be aiming towards. It is a beginner’s mindset to exchange pieces whenever you see a possibility, It is important to CALM down and think what the resultant position is.

Pawn Structure plays a huge role in the endgame. I highly recommend studying Popular Games which occurred from your opening that ended in an endgame to get a better understanding of what needs to be done.

Another thing, which is very well known but ignored is the King Position. Look, think logically enough to not get mated but do consider “How” and where to activate the king (and if it is needed, at that position!)

If your opponent is attacking aggressively through let’s say a pawn storm, it is generally best to go towards an endgame because the pawn storm now isn’t as ruthless, in fact, it is just weak.

One more thing to note: Mo Material doesn’t mean Mo Power. You can have few extra pawns, but if your pieces are cramped, and if your opponents are active, sorry to break it to you – the odds are not with you. If he/she has Two Rooks over on the 7th rank attacking and threatening checkmate: It’s over.

Sometimes, it’s worth giving a pawn in Rook Endgames if the result is your rook getting activated.

and look, you’re a genius – you definitely are but desperately trying to win tactically in a dry endgame position shouldn’t be the priority. If you’re lost, it’s okay to do that. If the Endgame Position is unclear, make sure you are 100% sure that you don’t give your opponent the time advantage (not the clock time, development advantage, etc) before trying to checkmate your opponent.

Thanks for being here over on my Ted Talk. Until next time!

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