Middlegame To Endgame Transition Mastery – GM Bryan Smith

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From the Middlegame to the Endgame in Chess – GM Bryan Smith

Middlegame To Endgame Transition Mastery – Gm Bryan Smith

A large majority of club players are weak when playing the endgame in chess. They usually don’t get found out because their opponents also lack the necessary skills.

This is a huge opportunity for you. Even if you’ve been slightly worse all game, you can turn the tables and win the game with superior endgame technique.

In Middlegame to Endgame Transition Mastery, GM Bryan Smith reveals how to:

a) Control the endgame transition to give yourself the best winning chances, and
b) Convert these endgames with flawless technique, regardless of whether they’re a rook, minor piece or king and pawn endings.

When you are serious about improving your endgame skills, it is time for GM Bryan Smith’s Middlegame to Endgame Transition Mastery.

Most club players spend far too little time studying the endgame in chess. They aren’t familiar with essential theoretical endgames, nor do they focus on developing good endgame understanding and technique. However, decent endgame skills are vital for any aspiring chess player.

They can enable you to easily win apparently equal positions with only small imbalances or save half a point from clearly worse positions.

About the Author:

Bryan Smith is an American Grandmaster and chess coach. GM Smith has won many international tournaments including Limpedea Cup (Romania), Citta di Erba (Italy), Easter International (Serbia), Philadelphia International, National Chess Congress and US Masters.

Grandmaster Bryan Smith grew up in Anchorage, Alaska, and currently lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

How is this course going to help me?

Endgames can be divided into two categories – theoretical endgames and practical endgames. Theoretical endgames feature positions in which the correct way of playing has already been analyzed by strong chess masters and are well-known. Knowledge of these theoretical endgames is key.

Middlegame To Endgame Transition Mastery – Gm Bryan Smith
An example of a practical endgame position

Practical endgames, on the contrary, feature positions which frequently arise in the games of many club players. These positions are more complex and more material is left on the board.

There is no single correct solution and hardly any theory to these endgames because there are too many possibilities. Instead, you need to follow several guiding principles in order to successfully navigate through them.

Practical endgames are not about a concrete knowledge of positions but about practical endgame skills.

In this course, GM Bryan Smith focusses on practical endgames rather than on theoretical endgames.

There are uncountable training sources which deal with theoretical endgames and it’s definitely worth studying those. However, there are only a few good training sources on how to approach practical endgames. Therefore, this course is devoted to this topic.

These strategies can be seen as guidelines which you can use to navigate more confidently through any endgame you get in your games. For this reason, you can regard these endgame techniques as a mental toolbox which helps you whenever it comes to playing the endgame in chess.

Here’s part of what you’ll learn with this course:

Battle of Minor Pieces

Middlegame To Endgame Transition Mastery – Gm Bryan Smith
Typical battle of Bishop vs Knight

The Bishop vs Knight Imbalance is one of the most significant imbalances in chess. In theory, both pieces are worth 3 points. However, both pieces are designed very differently from each other and have their own strengths and weaknesses.

For this reason, it is of paramount importance to be familiar with some key guidelines in situations where the knight is stronger and in situations where the bishop is stronger.

Try to use your knowledge of the Bishop vs Knight Imbalance to stir the position towards an imbalance that favors you.

The Initiative

It’s a common misconception among club players that endgames are only about strategic and positional play, not about tactics, dynamics and having the initiative. Like all other stages of the game, having the initiative is crucial.

Just because there are only a few pieces left on the board, you must not stop looking to obtain the initiative.

If you’re on the defensive, try to activate your pieces instead of defending passively – even at the cost of a pawn. Active pieces can be worth much more than a single pawn.

Strategic Sacrifices

Many average club players like to play very solidly and aim to avoid different types of material imbalances.

Psychologically speaking, these players feel uncomfortable sacrificing a piece as they don’t like to exchange a stronger piece (a rook – worth 5 points in theory) for a weaker one (a knight or a bishop – worth 3 points in theory).

This psychological effect is so strong that sometimes players decline the possibility of sacrificing even without calculating and understanding the details.

In this course, GM Bryan Smith shows you a lot of key techniques to improve how you play the endgame in chess.

Enjoy the course!

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Running Time

6 hours


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Content Outline

Chapter List:

Introduction: About This Course

Chapter 1: Transitions
Part 1: Smith – Lenderman
Part 2: Smith – Kelley
Part 3: Beltran – Jimenez

Chapter 2: Battle of Minor Pieces
Part 1: Smith – Rajkovic
Part 2: Berg – Grandelius
Part 3: Onischuk – Shankland

Chapter 3: Initiative
Part 1: Holt – Smith
Part 2: Abdulov – Guseinov
Part 3: Kaufman – Smith

Chapter 4: Strategic Sacrifices
Part 1: Carlsen – Yifan
Part 2: Iturrizaga – Mamedyarov
Part 3: Gerzhoy – Smith

Chapter 5: Pawn Endgames
Part 1: Smith – Wagner
Part 2: Gelfand – Harikrishna

Chapter 6: Rook Endgames
Part 1: Pace Pietro – Smith
Part 2: Saraci – Ding Liren



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