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There’s only one first move that wins.

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Here’s a basic king and pawn ending you should know.

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This is one of my favorite endgames to give students because even strong players have taken a while to solve this. It’s actually pretty simple if you know one handy endgame principle. It’s White to Play and Draw.

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Rook and pawn endings require planning and often subtle maneuvering. This position is no different. Can you see it all the way to the end? In a tournament game you would have to.

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It’s the New Year! Of course, the best chess new year’s resolution you can make is to do the one thing chess players don’t really do very much, but should: study endgames!! We’re going to do king and pawn endings on our first submission of the week, rook and pawn endings the second submission of the week and a mixed bag for the third ...

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Holiday Chess School #18! Our last holiday puzzle ends with an opening trap won by Leonhardt back in 1912. He followed rule number one!

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Holiday Chess School #17! White has just given up his queen that used to be on a4 until the opposing queen snatched it. However, White can still win all his material back and more. It’s a wonderful lesson on how to take advantage of an uncastled king.

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Holiday Chess School #16! Not much to work with, so this should be a bit easier than it looks.

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Holiday Chess School #15! This is another one of those “Look at the vectors” positions. What square is the initial target?

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Holiday Chess School #14! This is another one of those “Look at the vectors” positions. What square is the initial target?

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Holiday Chess School #13! This is one of those “Look at the vectors” positions. Draw arrow from the bishops, rook, queen and knight toward the White king. They all have a path, direct or indirect aiming at the White king. That should tell you it’s time to act.

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