Endgame Memorization Shortcuts from the 2018 US Champion – IM Nazi Paikidze

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Chess Endgame Training from the 2018 US Champion – IM Nazi Paikidze

Endgame Memorization Shortcuts From The 2018 Us Champion – Im Nazi Paikidze

Endgame Renassaince #3 – IM Nazi Paikidze

Not following an effective chess endgame training system is the one issue that keeps 90% of players firmly in the club player bracket when they are capable of so much more.

In this 6 hour course, 2018 U.S. Women’s Chess Champion IM Nazi Paikidze trains you in the skills needed for success in the endgame.

Instead of theoretical positions, this course focuses entirely on the type of positions you’re actually likely to encounter in real games.

Get familiar with the key endgame principles, master imbalances, learn how to transition to a favorable endgame and much more.

About the Author:

Nazí Paikidze, sometimes also referred to as Nazí Paikidze-Barnes, is is a Georgian American chess player who holds the titles of International Master and Woman Grandmaster (WGM).

She has won the US Women’s Chess Championship on two occasions, in 2016 and in 2018.

IM Paikidze has had a brilliant chess career. She has won twelve medals at the European Youth Chess Championships, World Youth Chess Championships, and World Junior Chess Championships, including six gold medals, in various age categories.

By the age of 16, Paikidze had attained a rating of 2455 Elo and was rated 35th in the world’s top FIDE-rated women list.

Is this course for me?

Most club players spend far too little time studying chess endgames.

They are not familiar with essential theoretical endgames, nor do they focus on developing good chess endgame understanding and technique.

However, decent endgame skills are vital for any aspiring chess player. They can enable you to win apparently equal positions with only a little imbalance, or save half a point from clearly worse positions.

First of all, it’s a key skill to evaluate endgames correctly. After an exchange of pieces in the endgame, you need to reevaluate the position. Stay objective in assessing the position. If you constantly overestimate your position, for example, things will likely come to a terrible end.

Endgames are fundamentally different from middlegames and openings. Therefore, you need some special criteria with which to evaluate endgame positions.

Take a look at the following position, which is explained in plenty of detail in the course:

Endgame Memorization Shortcuts From The 2018 Us Champion – Im Nazi PaikidzeThe position at hand occurred in a game between Kramnik and Harikrishna. Who is better and why? In order to make the correct decisions in the endgame, you need to evaluate the position.

White has an advantage in this position. His rooks are slightly better placed and his dark-squared bishop on b2 is better than its counterpart on e7. Moreover, Black’s pawn structure is worse.

Not only can the pawn on f5 become a target, but also the squares e6 and g6 behind the pawn are weakened. With brilliant technique, Kramnik managed to convert his small advantage into a full point.

In order to improve your handling of practical endgames, IM Nazi Paikidze suggests two chess endgame training methods.

First of all, it is key to carefully analyze your own endings and take notice of your mistakes.

Secondly, IM Nazi Paikidze suggests you analyze how top players handle the endgame. If you are unsure how to approach a certain type of endgame, it is always a great idea to look for a role model, a world-class chess player with superb endgame technique.

We can learn a lot by simply analyzing their games. According to IM Paikidze, a good starting point is to analyze the games of Vladimir Kramnik, one of the world’s best technical players.

IM Paikidze teaches you valuable endgame ideas and principles that will serve you well for years to come.

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2 reviews for Endgame Memorization Shortcuts from the 2018 US Champion – IM Nazi Paikidze

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    cghori (verified owner)

    As someone who constantly gets into time trouble, this course has helped me score many wins in recent tournament play. IM Pakidze’s approach to the endgame is terrific-she uses actual positions to teach the important principles needed to successfully navigate the complexities of endgame play. As an attacking type player, I spent little time studying endgames figuring that I will mate my opponent before I reach the endgame. However, in those cases where I eventually reached the endgame, I either I spent too much time on moves or I basically did not know what to do! This course is probably all you would need to avoid those unpleasant circumstances.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5


    Nazi is the 2018 US Women’s Chess Champion, and in this DVD she gives us the benefit of the experience that enabled her to reach this level. She covers some key endgame principles and takes us through some of her games that illustrate how to play in certain endgame situations, e.g. with material imbalance, a rook against a bishop and knight, or a rook, knight or bishop against pawns.

    This DVD really helped me to see how the smallest mistake in the endgame can leave a pawn or a piece in the wrong position or a single move short which can turn into the difference between victory and defeat, and how to spot the important strategies to win the endgame and avoid the positional mistakes. Very good DVD for intermediate players.

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