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Instructive endgames
Compiled by arsen387

Often one can hear that endgames are the most difficult part of the game. I am not sure about that but surely you can win much more often, if you are a good endgame player:) In this collection I'm trying to compile the most interesting and instructive endgames that I find in CG database. The games are not ordered properly yet, as new games are constantly added.

Fine B+pawns ending (51..Bd1!! missed opportunity)
Gelfand vs Wang Yue, 2008 
(D17) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 54 moves, 0-1

Those notorious R endings...
T Wiesniak vs Kholmov, 1991 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 53 moves, 0-1

Have a pass pawn on Qside? then create a weakness on Kside
Kamsky vs Ivanchuk, 2008 
(B33) Sicilian, 47 moves, 1-0

Whites hold N vs. 4pawns ending!! Very impressive
Diez del Corral vs Ivkov, 1970 
(A56) Benoni Defense, 74 moves, 1/2-1/2

N vs B then Q+N vs Q+B. Jako at his best
Jakovenko vs Z Almasi, 2007 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 102 moves, 1-0

This minor piece endgame can be VERY instructive
Vaganian vs M Narciso Dublan, 2007 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 53 moves, 1-0

nice zugzwang theme
Shirov vs Aronian, 2006 
(C89) Ruy Lopez, Marshall, 58 moves, 0-1

Who said B is better than the N?
Sutovsky vs L Pantsulaia, 2008 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 50 moves, 1-0

Capa at his best
Capablanca vs Kostic, 1919 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 86 moves, 1-0

Carlsen vs Van Wely, 2008 
(D43) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 61 moves, 1-0

Q vs. R+N+3pawns 0-1
Nunn vs Yusupov, 1988 
(C19) French, Winawer, Advance, 76 moves, 0-1

Giving a R for a pass pawn
I Nataf vs J Chabanon, 2005 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 55 moves, 1-0

B vs N. Great technique by Gelfand
Damljanovic vs Gelfand, 1991 
(A05) Reti Opening, 59 moves, 0-1

With his own K far, N can't stop pass pawn
Aronian vs Huzman, 2005 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 61 moves, 1-0

2 Bs advantage in endgame
Aronian vs Navara, 2008 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 46 moves, 1-0

N+pawns instructive endgame
M Al-Modiahki vs Aronian, 2008 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 64 moves, 0-1

Wang wins B+pawns endgame
Wang Yue vs Radjabov, 2008 
(E81) King's Indian, Samisch, 62 moves, 1-0

How to use the K and N
Svidler vs Jakovenko, 2008 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 80 moves, 1-0

Active K and pieces
Petrosian vs A Bannik, 1958 
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 61 moves, 1-0

Sac'ing the B in opposite coulored B ending
Topalov vs Shirov, 1998 
(D85) Grunfeld, 53 moves, 0-1

Stupenduously played R + opposite coulored Bs endgame
G Agzamov vs Petrosian, 1981 
(A43) Old Benoni, 80 moves, 0-1

Interesting R ending
Vachier-Lagrave vs A Vaisser, 2008 
(C10) French, 69 moves, 1-0

Another well played opposite couloured Bs ending
Sveshnikov vs Deepan Chakkravarthy J, 2004 
(B21) Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4, 55 moves, 1-0

Holding a draw with opposite coloured Bs
V Akopian vs Bacrot, 2008
(B31) Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation, 77 moves, 1/2-1/2

Superior piece coordination in endgame
Kramnik vs Leko, 2006 
(E32) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 48 moves, 1-0

Great R endgame by Aronian
Anand vs Aronian, 2008 
(C45) Scotch Game, 75 moves, 0-1

R ending by Svidler
Morozevich vs Svidler, 2008 
(A20) English, 87 moves, 0-1

Very instructive B+N vs 2N endgame (a cool trap 47..Nxb2?)
Keres vs Portisch, 1967 
(C93) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Smyslov Defense, 90 moves, 0-1

Opposite couloured Bs
Kamsky vs Anand, 2006 
(D20) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 47 moves, 1-0

3 pawns for the piece isn't enough
Korchnoi vs V Akopian, 2003 
(E38) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5, 77 moves, 1-0

A marvellous drawing resource found by Aronian. Never resign!
Shirov vs Aronian, 2008 
(C89) Ruy Lopez, Marshall, 77 moves, 1/2-1/2

Just a beauty!
Kamsky vs Svidler, 2008 
(B40) Sicilian, 68 moves, 1-0

4 pawns vs N
T L Petrosian vs B Vuckovic, 2008 
(D17) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 66 moves, 1/2-1/2

N outplays B
Wang Yue vs Eljanov, 2008 
(D38) Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation, 75 moves, 1-0

Jako ends Wang's amazing streak
Jakovenko vs Wang Yue, 2008 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 54 moves, 1-0

Q+R vs Q+R and many pawns
Eliskases vs Gruenfeld, 1933 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 53 moves, 1-0

Holding 4 R endgame with 2 pawns down
Petrosian vs F Olafsson, 1958 
(E92) King's Indian, 77 moves, 1/2-1/2

2Bs vs R played to the end
Y Hou vs Sasikiran, 2009 
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 68 moves, 1-0

Not always outside pass pawn means a win in K and Pawn endgame
Morozevich vs Adams, 2009 
(E37) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 50 moves, 1/2-1/2

R+B ending, a battle for queening
Mamedyarov vs Smeets, 2005 
(B13) Caro-Kann, Exchange, 58 moves, 0-1

Q endgame resigned in a drawn position
M Perunovic vs Lupulescu, 2008 
(B56) Sicilian, 48 moves, 1-0

Garry shows how to win pawns in endgame
Sakaev vs Kasparov, 2003 
(D18) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch, 41 moves, 0-1

R+B+N vs 2Rs+Pass Pawn, pass pawn decides
Petrosian vs Szabo, 1952 
(E14) Queen's Indian, 65 moves, 0-1

Almost 200 moves of torture
G Sargissian vs I Kurnosov, 2008 
(E60) King's Indian Defense, 196 moves, 1-0

R ending by Vaganian
Robson vs Vaganian, 2009 
(C12) French, McCutcheon, 56 moves, 0-1

BOOC and Zugzwang themes
Grischuk vs Wang Yue, 2009 
(D17) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 57 moves, 1-0

N+pawns endgame
Anand vs Wang Yue, 2009 
(D15) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 61 moves, 1-0

Instructive R endgame technique, played to the end
T L Petrosian vs A Volokitin, 2009 
(C51) Evans Gambit, 66 moves, 0-1

8 minor piece ending transposed into 4N ending
Aronian vs V Akopian, 2009 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 94 moves, 1-0

The beuaty of endgame
Ivanchuk vs Shirov, 2009 
(D80) Grunfeld, 84 moves, 1-0

Q endgame
Aronian vs E Alekseev, 2009 
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 72 moves, 1-0

R ending, some basic ideas!
Ribli vs Karpov, 1980 
(E06) Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3, 55 moves, 1-0

Sac'ing the B in OCB ending
Kamsky vs Dokhoian, 1987 
(C02) French, Advance, 61 moves, 0-1

Holding a pawn from queening with R and K
Aronian vs Gelfand, 2009 
(D43) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 78 moves, 1-0

R against 3 connected passers
Polgar vs Uhlmann, 1990 
(C18) French, Winawer, 57 moves, 1-0

Tactical endgame
Karpov vs Kamsky, 1991 
(D85) Grunfeld, 72 moves, 0-1

K + pawns beautiful endgame pattern
D Boskovic vs G Sargissian, 2010 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 38 moves, 0-1

N+Pawn vs N+2Pawns
Leko vs Naiditsch, 2010 
(D39) Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation, 60 moves, 1-0

Beautiful zugzwang
Ftacnik vs A Aleksandrov, 2008 
(D38) Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation, 34 moves, 0-1

Amazing finish
R Hovhannisyan vs Robson, 2011 
(B62) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, 46 moves, 1-0

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