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                    [description] => <h2><span style="font-family: 'arial black', sans-serif;">Essential Endgames Course for Club Players </span>– <span style="font-family: 'arial black', sans-serif;">IM Anna Rudolf</span></h2>
<img class="alignright wp-image-691011 size-full" title="Anna’s Essential Endgames Course – Im Anna Rudolf" src="https://cdn1.ichess.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/anna-rudolf-endgame-product-image3-2.jpg" alt="Anna’s Essential Endgames Course – Im Anna Rudolf" width="400" height="400" />

<span style="font-weight: 400;">Most club players </span><i><span style="font-weight: 400;">hate</span></i><span style="font-weight: 400;"> endgames.</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">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 </span><i><span style="font-weight: 400;">brutal</span></i><span style="font-weight: 400;"> checkmate as a roaring crowd cheers them up...</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">...That's much better than grinding out a tiring 60-move endgame win.</span>

<span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>But what if this dream checkmate doesn’t happen and their opponent manages to wriggle out of trouble?</strong></span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">The pain of a feeble, unskilled handling of the resulting endgame…</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">...A win turned into a draw...or a draw turned into a loss…</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">But not for you.</span>

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

<span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Mastering these techniques, you’ll soon be converting fundamental endgames with a well-practiced mastery.</strong></span>

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...
<h2><span style="font-family: 'arial black', sans-serif;">About the Author:</span></h2>
Anna Rudolf is an <strong>Olympic Chess-Player and three-time Hungarian Champion</strong> 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.
<h2><span style="font-family: 'arial black', sans-serif;">Is this course for you?</span></h2>
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.

<span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Here's part of what you'll see in this course:</strong></span>

<span style="font-family: 'arial black', sans-serif;">Mate with Bishop and Knight</span>

<img class="alignright wp-image-692627 size-full" title="Anna’s Essential Endgames Course – Im Anna Rudolf" src="https://cdn1.ichess.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/mating-with-2-bishops.jpg" alt="Anna’s Essential Endgames Course – Im Anna Rudolf" width="250" height="250" />

Mating with a bishop &amp; 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.

<span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Chase the King to the Corner</strong></span>

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.

<span style="font-family: 'arial black', sans-serif;">Pawn Square; Creating a Passed Pawn</span>

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

<img class="alignright wp-image-692636" title="Anna’s Essential Endgames Course – Im Anna Rudolf" src="https://cdn1.ichess.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/the-passed-pawn-square.jpg" alt="Anna’s Essential Endgames Course – Im Anna Rudolf" width="250" height="250" />The 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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KW
12/08/2019
Keith W.
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Best Endgame Course for Novices

I've seen a lot of instructional endgame stuff, but for beginners, this is really the best. She strikes an ideal balance between crucial theoretical material and practical examples, all with careful explanations. Other courses may cover more material, but leave you more on your own to fill in the explanatory gaps afterward, or fail to bridge the gap between theory and practice. For more advanced players, those other courses may very well be better. But for beginners, to get such a full syllabus, with practical examples, and explanations you can understand in real time, I don't think this course can be beat.

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11/28/2019
Kevin D.

Anna's Endgame Review

Very Good; from basic to advanced; easy to comprehend and reproduce over the board. Would love to see more complex situations and common blunders to overcome/avoid. What different levels of chess players should know: 0-1100, 1101-1600; 1601-1900; 1901-2200 and 2201 and above.

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11/19/2019
Bill U.

Anna’s Essential Endgames Course – IM Anna Rudolf

One of the best endgame courses I have watched and plenty of accompanying PGN files

VJ
11/09/2019
Vojtěch J.

Anna’s Essential Endgames Course

It is a very good course and it helped me improve.

PH
10/27/2019
philip h.

Best endgame course ever

Anna explains everything with complete clarity, simplicity and thoroughness. She and also Igor Smirnoff are two of the best endgame course teachers in the world. thank you for this wonderful course.


Overview

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