6 tips for winning chess endgames

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Most of my students (especially, the beginner-level players) often ask me “Are there any rules for playing the endgame”. They usually have an advantage or a winning position in the endgame, but unfortunately fail to recognize it.

Today our guest coach CM Charles Campbell will explain how to identify or recognize a winning endgame. Additionally, he will offer some really useful endgame tips. If you had problems converting your advantage into a win or don’t know what plan to follow, these six tips will be very handy for you. 🙂

You can watch his video lesson below:

Author information

Charles Campbell

Charles Campbell is one of the highest rated players in Nigeria and a member of the Nigerian National chess team for 15 years. He has represented Nigeria at various international events, most importantly at the World Chess Olympiad and All Africa Games.

He excelled at the World Open in Arlington, Virginia in 2014 as well as at the Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival 2016. He also won the 2015 National Friends of Chess tournament in Nigeria and tied for the first place at the 2016 CPAN Chevron Chess Challenge also in Nigeria.

His deep passion for the game of chess and strong belief in its educational benefits led him to the establishing of the Candy Chess Academy, the pioneer scholastic chess academy in Nigeria.


Charles has three international titles: CM from the World Chess Federation (FIDE), NM from the Nigeria Chess Federation (NCF) and NM from the United States Chess Federation (USCF).

Suggested: you may also check our lesson about transforming advantages in chess.

P.S. Did you like this lesson? What are your thoughts about the ‘rules’ for a successful endgame play? Feel free to comment below and discuss. 🙂

Quick success in chess

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  1. Hi Igor! I’ve just played a 20+10 7 round tournament, and, I’ve been doing great for first 4 rounds, crushing the first table and I had score 4/4, but then I lost all 3 in a row, and all due to one thing: the annoying spanish…. I feel like it’s impossible to play for a win with black pieces in that opening. You see, in the main main most popuilar variation of a6, after black plays Na5, white goes Bc2, then black c5, white goes d4, and then black most oftenly chooses Qc7, which I did too in the tournament. But white just closes with d5 and I feel like black is strategically lost. Black has space disadvantage and no ability to start an attack anywhere(if black plays b4, then white goes c4, and if black goes c4, then white goes b4!), while white has space advantage and easy time starting an attack on the kingside. Actually, my opponent just lashed out with agressive g4 and completely crushed me on the king side. And when I look at it with computer, computer also struggles to find productive moves for black, it looks as if computer just goes back and forth.

    It’s impossible to play that Qc7, Chigorin Spanish well with black pieces, even if you study your course “Your winning Plan” million times; because there’s no realizeable plan for black… And I have absolutely no repertoire now against spanish…. Do you maybe think I should switch to someting else, maybe sicilian? I have 0 experience in sicilian, I just feel like it’s too unstrategical, theoretical and sharp… But I guess that if I want to win as black, I have to go for sicilian, right?

    What are your thoughts on all this I’ve said?

    Thank you for your effort of answering, it means to me a lot 🙂

    1. Hi Lovro,

      GM Igor is busy. Let me help you.

      Yes, Igor suggests Sicilian Defense for Black in his opening courses. In the course, he has suggested active openings where there is chances for both sides. If you want to try Sicilian defense, you can start with GM Opening Lab.

      Prasaadh | Support

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