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Thomas E.

Better explanations than others give

Terrific. I have several endgame courses by GM's and others, but Anna really explains everything SO well.

Lourens W.

Great course for players rated 1200 to 1700

I'm a 1800+ rated player and I enjoyed the course greatly to brush up already known knowledge that I looked at years ago. I think this course is a great investment for players rated 1200 - 1700 with no reservation. You will most certainly learn a lot, especially when you have neglected your endgames till now. Stronger players that have already invested effort in endgames in the past will not find (a lot of) new ideas. But, like me, maybe it could serve a purpose brushing up your basic knowledge in an easy, accessible and fun way. If your 1900+ you are not the target audience and you do best to find something more advanced like 100 Endgames You Must Know by Jesus de la Villa. For a 1600 - 1800 player this would be a great course to do before the mentioned work by Jesus de la Villa. Anna is like we know her: fun, motivating and excellent in explaining ideas. A perfect guide to the world of must know endgames.

Eric O.

Anna’s essential endgame course

I liked it. It is put together well, and gives you the opportunity to review old ideas as it introduces new Concepts to learn.

George W.

Anna's end game course

Just getting into it, I like her style so cheerful and not to serious

Antonio C.

Great Endgame Series

I appreciate every detail in this series. MI Anna Rudolf has a nice sense of humour that makes the studying proccess an easy task! Superb!


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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