91 ( +1 | -1 ) Your Favorite Endgame(s) ?Do you have a favorite or two type of engame you enjoy? Whether of certain pieces involved or more conceptual ... such as "I like endgames ...: I'm winning! / with only minor pieces / with Queenside pawn majority / or Whatever" . Any particular reason you just like That ending So Much ... ?! (Personally, I rather enjoy the endgames that never happen! But second to those I also enjoy Knight endings and Rook & P endings a lot. Generally dislike Queen and pawn endings unless it looks like a win is lurking there, with some degree of certainty) I find Winnable Opposite Colored Bishop endings to be quite interesting at times. And discovering the factors that give chances in this or other normally drawish endings. How about you?! Tell us your secret endgame desires, if you dare )8-) (How about it Stephen !?!! How's those endgames goin ? :)
74 ( +1 | -1 ) Another thing I like ...JUst remembered, I really enjoy getting into an endgame where there is still King danger lurking about. And like seeing the ones where use of a mating motif comes into play ... perhaps which gives the advantage after it is countered. I like these type ideas to show up after my opponent has gotten their mind set into Endgame Mode, so such concepts are usually unexpected. And often overlooked. And so can be all the more powerful when found. I especially like it in Over-The-Board play, with its time factor and the psychological impact such a maneuver can have there, and be difficult to get past, even if the actual mate attempt falls short. }8-)
37 ( +1 | -1 ) Right now? King, Rook, Pawn endgames. I don't get those tricky knights yet! A bishop or two, if I must, but, yes.
I like the endgames where there are still a few tactical ideas to play with. Mostly it's endgame positional play but every move is hedged around with the smoky scent of tactics, poised to enflame at any moment if the slighest error is made.
41 ( +1 | -1 ) geezI don't even have a favorite color.
Still, I do recall a blitz game where I sacked a minor piece for two pawns in the opening and in the endgame, my opponent's knight was helpless against the advancing pawns. So, I do have a fondness for endgames where advanced pawns overwhelm superior force.
My business card (as a scholastic chess coach) has two pawns on some squares as the image. Pawn power!
17 ( +1 | -1 ) A rook in front of an enemy pawn.........may be reduced to complete immobility by the advance of the pawn. This is why the King is the best blockader of a pawn --- being immobile is something that Kings are very good at.
26 ( +1 | -1 ) My favorite...is the rook and pawn endgame with one rook and three pawns on queenside and kingside. I love to spread my opponent thin and attack his weakness. I hate any endgame that involves the queen though mostly because I dont like the queen.