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Why endgames are studied.
Compiled by nasmichael
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White gets a key square, but gives it back. He wants to attack, but he does so from the wrong side. Black has time to plan to promote a pawn, and goes about doing it. Good plans inspire good moves, not the other way around.

N+P vs 3P; "It depends on which pawns", says the wise man.
L Piasetski vs L Day, 1981 
(A43) Old Benoni, 59 moves, 0-1

N + P vs 3P: Tate sends rider into dark surf, but stops short.
E Tate vs M Brooks, 1989 
(C26) Vienna, 53 moves, 0-1

3P vs N+P; The promotion is held by white. Iron Tigran wins.
Petrosian vs Geller, 1956 
(D34) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 73 moves, 1-0

4P vs N+P; two passed central pawns outrun knight at the wall.
D Gurevich vs A Sokolov, 1992 
(E04) Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3, 72 moves, 1-0

R vs 2N: Strength vs Mobility. Rook falls prey to bandits.
Chekhover vs Euwe, 1934
(D14) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation, 58 moves, 0-1

Zhu Chen vs Taimanov, 1997 
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 59 moves, 1-0

The "Chess Knight" shows how to promote a pawn with vigor.
L Shamkovich vs F Kuijpers, 1968 
(C95) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer, 71 moves, 1-0

Morphy plays for a championship and (R+PP vs R+P) takes him 1-0
Harrwitz vs Morphy, 1858  
(D35) Queen's Gambit Declined, 55 moves, 1-0

Black rook edges out king, ushers in new queen in K+P ending.
Morphy vs de Riviere, 1863 
(C38) King's Gambit Accepted, 56 moves, 0-1

R+P endings--promoting pawns on a-or h-files can be a challenge
Kholmov vs A Zaitsev, 1963
(B35) Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Modern Variation with Bc4, 58 moves, 1/2-1/2

The more aggressive king wins here in a K + R + P ending.
J de Zwart vs J Heppekausen, 2001 
(B30) Sicilian, 90 moves, 0-1

Game goes from Ps and bishops goes to drawish K+Q vs. K+Q+P.
Tartakower vs J A Seitz, 1925 
(B23) Sicilian, Closed, 113 moves, 1/2-1/2

The power of redux. Centralized K + P vs. K. ends this battle.
Seirawan vs Alburt, 1984 
(E10) Queen's Pawn Game, 68 moves, 0-1

Q+2P vs same; black comes out on top of this one.
L Shamkovich vs Bagirov, 1960 
(C61) Ruy Lopez, Bird's Defense, 84 moves, 0-1

L Shamkovich vs Spassky, 1961 
(C87) Ruy Lopez, 62 moves, 1-0

B+3p vs N+3p. Keres marches pawns like he means it.
J Turn vs Keres, 1935
(D40) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 41 moves, 0-1

A skewer catches the queen and wins the game.
La Bourdonnais vs D Wilson, 1837 
(C00) French Defense, 44 moves, 1-0

Morphy vs Loewenthal, 1858 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 59 moves, 0-1

Topalov vs Anand, 2005 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 97 moves, 1/2-1/2

I want you to know why this K+2P vs K+2P endgame is a draw.
Svidler vs Sakaev, 1996
(B43) Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3, 60 moves, 1/2-1/2

When every move counts, K+R+P vs K+R--who wins here?
Timman vs J M Hodgson, 1990 
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 57 moves, 1-0

M Solleveld vs Sutovsky, 2001 
(B93) Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4, 107 moves, 0-1

White K finds safe harbor, sacrifices 2 queens to establish 3rd
W Pollock vs D G Baird, 1889  
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 49 moves, 1-0

Benko vs Uhlmann, 1962 
(A08) King's Indian Attack, 72 moves, 1-0

Anand vs D Norwood, 1988 
(B06) Robatsch, 55 moves, 0-1

Ljubojevic vs Seirawan, 1982
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 87 moves, 0-1

Koneru vs C McNab, 2001
(A04) Reti Opening, 59 moves, 1/2-1/2

What is the power of one pawn?
Tal vs Straume, 1953 
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 58 moves, 1-0

Reductions work, if you are ahead in material. Pawn power!
B Lalic vs N Tavoularis, 2006 
(A80) Dutch, 35 moves, 1-0

Fly into new territory.
A Vouldis vs V Malakhov, 1995 
(B27) Sicilian, 103 moves, 0-1

Alekhine vs Stoltz, 1942  
(B54) Sicilian, 80 moves, 1-0

Hort vs Portisch, 1972
(B50) Sicilian, 37 moves, 0-1

Pawns march and bishop cannot stop it.
Capablanca vs Tartakower, 1928 
(A52) Budapest Gambit, 40 moves, 1-0

B vs n in the end--could you win this position? March upwards.
Sasikiran vs E Rodriguez Guerrero, 2006
(D43) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 51 moves, 1-0

Pelletier vs Y Habu, 2005 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 51 moves, 1-0

An obstruction of pawns helps the knight override the bishop...
Kasparian vs Nezhmetdinov, 1949 
(C68) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, 64 moves, 1-0

Tartakower vs Botvinnik, 1946 
(C01) French, Exchange, 54 moves, 0-1

Material equality is not always equality on the whole. Watch.
Smyslov vs Simagin, 1952 
(A14) English, 62 moves, 1-0

Build your momentum, and the king leads the way.
S Fowler vs G Salimbeni, 2006
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 58 moves, 1-0

W Schoen vs Illescas Cordoba, 1987
(A56) Benoni Defense, 52 moves, 1-0

Illescas Cordoba vs V Laznicka, 2006
(C10) French, 60 moves, 1-0

Play with purpose.
B Kostic vs A Vajda, 1921 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 93 moves, 0-1

Bishop and pawns ending.
D Mayers vs D King, 1978 
(A22) English, 40 moves, 0-1

Q + 4P vs. Q + 5p - maneuvering and escorting the pawn.
Weng Tianlun vs Wang Yue, 2001 
(A13) English, 51 moves, 0-1

C Hansen vs Vaganian, 1993
(A21) English, 66 moves, 0-1

Undouble the pawns on the 7th, or allow a queen!
Naiditsch vs Aronian, 2014 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 57 moves, 0-1

Bishop pair leads to stronger pawn position.
Tarrasch vs Lasker, 1908 
(C49) Four Knights, 65 moves, 1-0

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