The importance of chess endgame
A lot of beginners in the game of chess tend to focus on the opening sequences of the game. This is where they can learn a few elaborate traps that they can implement in order to, later on, be able to capture the opponents king. So, if you go on chess tournaments where there are a lot of beginner chess players, you will see that the opening sequence is like walking through minefield. One simple mistake could lose you the entire game because these kinds of chess players learn a multitude of different chess openings by means of rote memory. And they just wait for one mistake on your behalf in order to get you.
But what happens if you don’t make a blunder during the opening phase of the game? Well, in such a case all of the chess players that focus on the openings go under. Their entire game will fall apart because now they will come into your own favourite field – the endgame. The endgame is not learned through rote memorization, unlike the opening sequences. In order to learn the endgame appropriately, you will have to invest a lot of time in learning how individual pieces of the chess board work, and how they can combine with one another in order to win you the game.
It may seem like the simplest phase of the game because of the fact that there are less and fewer chess pieces on the board as the game progresses – but this is far from the case. There is so much depth and complexity to the end game that you can dedicate a big portion of your life in order to learn it through and through, and still, you won’t be able to learn all there is to it. You will have to learn how the bishops fare in the endgame when the pawn structure is closed – or when it’s open. You will have to learn how to utilize your knights to jump across the closed pawn structure of the endgame. And perhaps most importantly, you will have to use one of the most powerful weapons that you have in the endgame – your king. Your king will be a vital piece of your arsenal in the endgame because of the fact that it can protect your pawns from your opponent’s pieces and king – and frequently you will find yourself in an endgame scenario where you push a pawn to promotion, and you protect it with your king all the way through the file.
Of course, it’s really important not to let your opponent get a draw if you have the upper hand in the end. Be careful, as it’s really dangerous when your opponent is left only with a king. If the opponent’s king in such a case is not under attack, but it has nowhere to move – then it’s a draw. On the flip side, you will want to learn some intricacies in regard to how you can cause a draw if you’re on the losing side at the endgame.
So, as you can see, there is a lot of depth in the chess endgame. Learn the principles of the endgame and your chess skill will shoot through the roof.