Endgame Mastery: 5 Grandmaster Secrets

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Club players always discuss tactics, openings, and possibly game analysis while discussing chess openings for adult chess improvers.  Those are undoubtedly vital considerations, but one crucial aspect of chess is frequently overlooked. I believe you understand what I’m talking about…

However, if you don’t know yet, this is the spot to look for an answer to your question.

It’s in the Endgame that the majority of progress is hidden. Grandmasters are aware of this. Players with titles are aware of this. They also have a few techniques in their sleeves that let them to play endgames almost flawlessly with very little memory.

That’s the way it’s done.

1.Preparation for the endgame
What is a club player’s strategy for approaching an endgame? He normally begins by calculating a few moves ahead of time to see what may be done and how the game can be won.

That is the wrong approach.

The exact variations of the stake are not calculated by grandmasters. They begin with ‘planning.’ The goal is to place the King and Pawns in perfect squares. Strong players begin by envisioning where each pawn and piece should go on the board. They only begin to consider how this can be accomplished once this is evident. If you want to become a skilled endgame player and achieve master’s level, you must remember this order.

2. Contingency Plan
Things don’t always go as planned. It could be because you overlooked something, or it could be because the position you were hoping for is simply not attainable. Regardless of the cause, the original strategy is no longer viable. This is a severe psychological blow, and most club players will not be able to take it and will quit.

Grandmasters have a unique set of neural connections.

They don’t put all of their eggs in one basket and usually have a backup plan. They have a backup plan in case the main strategy fails. This is an excellent strategy. It not only helps you play better moves throughout the board [aka the confidence booster], but it also helps you avoid a mental collapse.

Don’t forget about the backup strategy if you want to win more endgames and games in general. Always have a back-up plan in case things go wrong.

3. Subtle Differences
Endgame is a distinct phase of the game, and conventional material rules are not always applicable. A single additional piece, for example, can be crucial in the endgame but not so much in the opening or middlegame. At the same time, in certain scenarios, a pair of passed pawns can be stronger than a rook, and a pawn can be stronger than a knight or a bishop. Strong players are aware of these intricacies and exploit them.

Club players are more straightforward and lack a good sense of the game. If you actually want to better your endgame, you must begin to think outside the box. Remove the common misconception that a minor piece is three pawns, a rook is five pawns, and a queen is nine pawns. This isn’t always the case in the endings. Consider your specific situation and how the material can assist you in achieving your objective [see Step 1].

You will become a significantly better endgame player if you master this skill.

4. Having an advantage on the home field
The principle of the home field advantage is used by all named players, notably Grandmasters. That suggests they’re going for the well-known endings, which they’ve polished and know how to pull off. Club players rarely use this approach, preferring instead to play the random endgames that emerge on the board.

This is a huge blunder.

Your endgame success rate will rise if you just perform a little planning before swapping pieces or choosing on the type of pawn arrangement.

5. Patterns in the Endgame
How do Grandmasters perform so well in endgames? Pattern recognition is a big part of the secret. GMs and other great players just have a large number of endgame ideas and can find them rapidly in live games. It is critical to grasp the fundamental endgames and patterns if you want to become a better endgame player. Once you’ve done that, you’ll be able to apply all of that information to your games, saving both time and brain effort.

I hope this article helped you and you were able to find answers to your questions! 🙂

Minnie Bishop
A 29-year-old scientific researcher who enjoys listening to music, sailing and vandalizing bus stops. She is brave and generous, but can also be very lazy and a bit selfish.

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