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Anand Teaches How to Play the Endgame
Multiple World Chess Champion GM Viswanathan “Vishy” Anand is widely known as one of the best players of the last 3 decades. He was the first Indian GM, exerting big influence into one of the leading countries nowadays.
A great lecturer himself, nobody doubts about his great understanding on the game. In this video, part of his course “Learn to play chess with a World Champion”, he explores the most important concepts in the endgame, analyzing the basic pawn endgames everybody should know.
If you ever wondered what the opposition, the rule of the square or zugzwang is, the “Tiger of Madras” is here to help you!
Learn how to quickly calculate if a pawn queens without the help of other pieces with the important square rule. The next diagram will help you to understand this important rule: Anand Teaches Endgame
To create the “square”, you need to count how many squares are needed to the pawn to queen, and then count the same number of squares to the left (or left) to the pawn. That way you made a “square” like in the diagram.
The secret of the rule is very easy. If the black king can step in the square, then he can catch the pawn. If he can’t, then the pawn is unstoppable. So, if in this position is Black to play, he moves 1…Kd4(5), with a draw. But, if White moves first, then 1.h5 wins.
Then, Vishy some endgames where the kings are near the passed pawn, which are more difficult to master. But, with the GM advice and easy rules to remember, you will never more have doubts about the right move.
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