Blitzkrieg and Pawn Endings

So I've not really been playing "chess" in the past month.  I've been blitzing moves almost randomly.  I open each game.  I see the first recapture/or other board simplifying move and I take...that simple.  That bad.  Today feels different. I've started working on tactics.  I'm thinking...which is actually where all the fun in chess is. 

I've been playing a few cushy live blitz cushy I mean...7/0 to 10/0 games.  As it gets down to the wire, especially's really quite the adrenaline rushing experience and I suspect being at the losing end of these events must be painful for the mind and body. 

My chess foe and I have our tournament set for June 20.  First to win 25 live (2 hr) games.  I'm really bad with long live games as my mind doesn't really want to think out every possible maneuver I'm capable of counting out.  It just flatly refuses to be that obsessively thorough - maybe a subconscious fear of doing all that I can do and still missing something? Unfortunately he's more patient and my ratio of wins against him is much higher in shorter games. I have to adapt. 

So I was working on pawn endings this morning and I'm still quite bad, but I just ran into a problem that I am about to showcase...and what I'd like to know from far higher rated players, how do you even BEGIN to start calculating this position - because I have no clue what to count or even where to begin considering the options:

Mentor calls this a 1200 rated problem.  I don't see how that's possible.  Thoughts?


  • 4 years ago


    I'm not sure Kasparov could do much else unless he has a magic king.

  • 6 years ago


    I got the impression you are looking for some way to understand these positions more intuïtively. 

    While you can't go without knowing the most basic pawn endings, I think the key thing here is to sort of push black's king away from his pawn / his stopping your pawn advance.

    If there are many 'time wasting' moves that can be played, I usually have less concerns about losing the opposition, though I would still try to have my king blocking the possibility.

  • 7 years ago


    If you can do this:








    Then you can do that one. One extra pawn is no biggie. You should be able to dance around like usual.


    Learning the easier mates make these easy to understand since the extra pawn just requires us to be a bit more imaginative of how he sweep our opponents. Same strategy though;
  • 7 years ago

    NM ozzie_c_cobblepot

    There is a good-to-know mutual zugzwang position as follows. White pawn on e4, black pawn on e5. White king on f5, black king on d4. Recall that zugzwang means that passing means your position is ok, but because you're forced to move your position deteriorates, often in a losing sense.

    So I would try to achieve this. With the extra pawn, it wouldn't be zugzwang anymore though, it would just be a white win. In other words, I'd probably start with 1:e3 and then after black king moves I'd move up the other side (1.e3 gains opposition). For example 1.e3 Kd6 2.Kf5

    I wish I could play around on the board, because I wonder what is interesting at all about this endgame. Maybe there's some defensive resources for black that would make it difficult for me to beat Kasparov from this position?

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