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I loved this course. Make sure you use it with a real chess set to get the most out of it.


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Anna's endgame essential is a must have video series for people who seriously want to improve their game. Anna is a great entertainer as well. That is why her videos are never "boring". Her Eastern European accent makes it even more fun to watch her videos. Content-wise, the end game videos pack serious content which any player wishing to improve should learn. A lot of times, people "sacrifice" endgame learning for Openings and tactics. However endgames do form an important part. In my own experience as a club player, 70% of my games in tournaments, have reached endgame. So this is very important to learn and master. Anna does a good job. What more do you need? A good fun-filled endgame video series with a nice accented lady to make it even more interesting. Her humour is sometimes "childish" but overall she is a feel nice factor to watch and takes away the boredom. And coupled with that, you learn a lot of end game techniques.


Anna is a terrific teacher i a

Anna is a terrific teacher i am learning much better from her than by reading a end game chess book


After having viewed (and studi

After having viewed (and studied) the first of the free videos of the rook and **** endgames (Active Rook vs Passive Rook), I knew I wanted to buy Anna's full course. Her explanations and examples are clearly presented and seemed like they could improve my admittedly weak (Class D) skills. I've worked through some of the Queen and **** videos and they are also excellent. I bought the series at a 50% discount and am pleased with the value of my purchase. I'm a weak player, so I'm not sure how useful these lessons would be for someone more advanced than I. However, I really enjoy learning from videos more than books and by working through her examples on the board (or in my case, the Chess Tiger Pro app on my iPad), I am learning valuable skills from them. The purchase and process was easy to do.


Essential Endgames Course for Club Players IM Anna Rudolf

Anna’s Essential Endgames Course – Im Anna Rudolf

Most club players hate endgames.

With a clenched fist in the air, they’ll wail and shout that its much more fun to just line up their pieces, sac one of them, and deliver a brutal checkmate as a roaring crowd cheers them up…

…That’s much better than grinding out a tiring 60-move endgame win.

But what if this dream checkmate doesn’t happen and their opponent manages to wriggle out of trouble?

The pain of a feeble, unskilled handling of the resulting endgame…

…A win turned into a draw…or a draw turned into a loss…

But not for you.

This course makes things simple for you with IM Anna Rudolf shedding light on the endgames every serious chess player absolutely must know.

Mastering these techniques, you’ll soon be converting fundamental endgames with a well-practiced mastery.

Can you convert with a Bishop and Knight vs Lone King? You’re covered.

Can you assess the coming King and Pawn ending, even while there are still lots of pieces on the board? Sounds impossible, but there’s a simple trick making it easy in any position.

Join IM Anna and you’ll quickly be saving the toughest Rook Endings, winning the most drawish Opposite Color bishop endings, blocking dangerous passed pawns, and much more…

About the Author:

Anna Rudolf is an Olympic Chess-Player and three-time Hungarian Champion currently rated 2325 Elo. She has been able to accomplish the titles of International Master and Woman Grand Master.

She recorded her first video series in 2013 and since then, she has established herself as an acclaimed chess commentator, events streamer, and chess reporter.

Anna has participated as a commenter in many world-class events including the World Chess Rapid and Blitz Championships in Doha, the Paris and Leuven legs of the Grand Chess Tour, the 2016 Candidates Tournament and the 42nd Chess Olympiad in Baku.

Is this course for you?

Whether you love or hate endgames, serious chess players need this endgame knowledge in order to improve…and Anna’s Essential Endgames Course is the simplest way to cram the ideas into your brain and begin using them immediately.

This is the strong endgame foundation you need and will support you for the rest of your chess playing life.

So congratulations! Your path to endgame mastery has begun.

Here’s part of what you’ll see in this course:

Mate with Bishop and Knight

Anna’s Essential Endgames Course – Im Anna Rudolf

Mating with a bishop & a knight is much more difficult than mating with two bishops but stay patient. With a little practice, you’ll be able to win this endgame every single time.

This position to the right is key. This is the position to aim for in these endgames.

We want the opponent’s king on any side of the board. Our king stands in opposition, the knight in-between, and the bishop at the rear all on the same rank.

It doesn’t matter which side of the board you’re on, as long as your pieces are in this order (from the opponent’s king): Knight – King – Bishop.

Chase the King to the Corner

Which corner? To win this endgame, the opponent’s king will need to be on a corner square that is the same color as your bishop. In this case, we have a dark-squared bishop, so we want to drive the king to a8, a dark-square.

Pawn Square; Creating a Passed Pawn

Can your passed pawn be promoted without the help of your king?

Anna’s Essential Endgames Course – Im Anna RudolfThe concept of the pawn square will tell you the answer every single time without requiring you to expend energy trying to calculate the moves out.

Let’s use the position to the right and draw our pawn square. Imagine a box starting from your pawn and reaching to the promotion square. You can easily size this box by imagining a diagonal line to the promotion rank.

If the opponent’s king is inside this square or can step inside it on the next move, then the pawn cannot be promoted without your king stepping in to help.

If the opponent king cannot step into this square, it can make it all by itself.

IM Anna Rudolf covers all the basics, and more, to give you the edge over your opponent. Most club players ignore endgame training, but you’ll be ready for anything – and be able to punish your opponents!

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Chapter List:

Chapter 1: Essential Checkmates

  • Lesson 1: Mate with Two Bishops
  • Lesson 2: Mate with Bishop and Knight
  • Lesson 3: Mate with Two Knights

Chapter 2: Essential Pawn Endgames

  • Lesson 1: Pawn Square, Creating a Passed Pawn
  • Lesson 2: Critical Squares (Pawn Promotion Technique)
  • Lesson 3: Defending Against a Passed Pawn
  • Lesson 4: The Most Important Pawn Endgame Positions
  • Lesson 5: More About Pawn Breaks
  • Lesson 6: Outside and Protected Passed Pawns
  • Lesson 7: Zugzwang and Opposition in Pawn Endgames
  • Lesson 8: Evaluating Piece Trades: Is This Pawn Endgame Beneficial to Me?

Chapter 3: Queen Endgames

  • Lesson 1: The Fight of the Queen Versus an Advanced Passed Pawn
  • Lesson 2: The Case of Rook and Bishop Pawns
  • Lesson 3: Queen Endgames: Quality over Quantity
  • Lesson 4: Defensive Tools in Queen Endgames

Chapter 4: Rook Endgames

  • Lesson 1: Active Rook Versus Passive Rook
  • Lesson 2: The Power of the Tarrasch Rook
  • Lesson 3: Lucena, Philidor, and Their Friends
  • Lesson 4: More Theoretical Rook Endgames
  • Lesson 5: Endgames with One Rook Versus Endgames with Two Rooks for Each Side

Chapter 5: Minor Piece Endgames

  • Lesson 1: How to Play Same Color Bishop Endgames
  • Lesson 2: Tips for Opposite Color Bishop Endgames
  • Lesson 3: How Knight Endgames Compare to Pawn Endgames

Final Words from Anna


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