4 Ideas to Squeeze a Win in an Equal/Drawish Endgame


Winning an endgame that looks equal or drawish is not a walk on the cake. We have to push and squeeze hard to win such endgame positions. As “The Master of Attack”, Rudolf Spielmann, says: “Play the opening like a book, the middlegame like a magician, and the endgame like a machine.

We have to play such endgames like a machine – steady play and never give up. It’s important to outplay our opponent with creative ideas, especially in such equal/drawish endgames.

Of course, there is no one single way to do that. Otherwise, we would not have many draws in endgames. 🙂 So the question is – how to win endgames that look equal/drawish?

To teach you this ‘art’, our guest coach FM Marko Makaj, who also co-authored with me for the course “Defending Champion”, has prepared a very instructive video lesson. In this video, he will show you a couple of his games, where he squeezed a victory from equal-looking endgames. He will also share with you 4 concrete ideas on how to do this. 🙂


Conclusions – 4 ideas to remember

1. Play actively with all your pieces, especially with your king, if there is no mating threat to him.
2. Try to find your opponent’s weaknesses, and then expose them (weak pawns or pieces)
3. Use the whole board – especially in the queen endgames, with a check if it’s possible to get a pawn or a piece
4. Be careful when moving the pawns, because once they are moved, they don’t go back.

You can download the PGNs of the games analyzed in the video here:

P.S. Have you been in such situations before? Were you able to successfully squeeze a win from a drawish endgame? Or, did your opponent win an endgame that was equal? Please, share your experience with us in the comments below.
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