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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  • male Gupta

    thanks yesterday i had seen the vidoe form marko makaj sir it is ithe best vidoe i had ever seen thanks alot for the vidoe and you are the best igor sir

  • Anup rajawat

    Hello Igor ,I want to know how will you describe An Endgame ? How will you evaluate any position whether it is middlegame stage or Endgame stage ?

    • RCA_moderator

      Hi Anup,
      There is no one clear method.

      Here are two famous ways to describe it

      1) If queens are traded, then it is considered an endgame

      2) Or if you and your opponent can move your king safely up the board without fear of checkmate.

      Prasaadh | Support

      • male Gupta

        thanks alto sir for this reply what do you think about the super touranament of aeroflot that has just closed this day about the winer and about the young talented indian players

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