Loek’s Endgame Strategy – GM Loek van Wely and GM Jan Gustafsson
8-time Dutch Champion Loek van Wely is here to teach us not about the Philidor position or how to mate with bishop and knight, but how to approach endgames in general.
He draws on his own games (“so you can learn from my mistakes!”) to tackle fundamentals such as calculation and decision-making in the endgame, but also gives practical advice on topics that include “exhausting your opponent”.
To learn how to think about endings from a top player who’s faced legends such as Garry Kasparov and Magnus Carlsen. After the series, you should be filled with new enthusiasm for one of the richest stages of a game of chess.
About the Author:
Loek van Wely is a Dutch chess grandmaster. He was awarded the title Grandmaster by FIDE in 1993, and was rated among the world’s top ten in 2001 with a rating of 2714.
GM van Wely has won the Dutch Chess Championship on eight occasions: six consecutive times from 2000 through 2005, in 2014 and in 2017.
In 2002, in Maastricht, Netherlands, van Wely took on the computer program Rebel in a four-game match, scoring 2/4 (+2–2=0). In 2005, he led the Dutch team to victory at the European Team Championship in Gothenburg, Sweden.
How is this course going to help me?
In this course, GM Loek van Wely will share his endgame strategy secrets with you, starting with the very important topic of how to make decisions in the endgame, when you have multiple choices.
Critical moments are characterized by the presence of between 2 and 4 different possibilities – the exchange of pieces, the calculation of a long variation, a positional solution or transposition into an endgame.
Grandmasters Van Wely and Gustafsson will use some of their own games in order to demonstrate how he makes logical decisions during his endgames, always based on fundamental endgame principles.
We’ll also look at the advantage of the Bishop pair, and how it’s actually much easier to materialize this advantage by going into a minor piece endgame, in which the Bishop pair will dominate the position, at least in most cases.
Grandmaster Loek van Wely welcomes you to his new video series on endgame strategy. Jan sits there too.
Decision making in the endgame – Part 1
Grandmaster Loek van Wely uses examples from his own career to show us how to take better decisions in the final stage of the game.
Decision making in the endgame – Part 2In Part 2 of his thoughts on decision making in the endgame, Loek shows us more examples from different endgames.
Never give up, never surrender! Loek teaches us to look for opportunities to fight back, taking as one of his examples how Anish Giri rescued a draw against him in Wijk aan Zee in 2012.
A sharp eye for tactics is very useful in the final stage of the game as well!
Exhausting your opponent
Hope you guys aren’t exhausted yet, unlike some of Loek’s opponents.
Still exhausting your opponent
As you can see, exhausting your opponent is an almost inexhaustible topic.
Improving on the mainline
The most obvious line is not always the best. Find out how to look for points where we can refine our mainline once we’ve seen it.
What’s so good about the bishop pair? In this final video, Loek explains all while talking about his win over Hrvoje Stevic in the 2017 French Team Championship.