Bishop and Pawn Endgames - Beginner Chess Endgame Video

♕ FULL VIDEO ►: ♕ ARTICLE ►: ♕ ♕ Chess endgames are very important for players of all levels. However studying endgames is even more important for beginner chess players because understanding basic principles in the endgame will increase your understanding of subtle positional concepts in the opening and middlegame as well. For example, knowing that in most positions you want to avoid placing your pawns on the same color as your bishop as it restricts the mobility of your bishop will definitely help you play better. Or understanding this rule as it applies to Bishop and Pawn endgames, for example if you and your opponent both have light-squared bishops – then whoever has their pawns on light squares will definitely be worse because the pawns will not only restrict the mobility of that bishop, they will be susceptible to attack from the opening. Below I have included the starting positions from the two exercises in the chess video – I recommend that you first try to analyze and solve these positions to test yourself before watching the chess video. Interface used ICC:
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♕ ARTICLE: ♕ ♕ Parts 1 and 2 of this Beginner Chess Openings series on the Slav Defense covered the main lines associated with early Nf3, Nc3, and e3 lines. Part 3 analyzes the Exchange Variation and black’s best responses. The Exchange Variation looks harmless on the surface, but there are many subtle opening traps that can lead to a dangerous white initiative on the queenside. I recommend to respond to Qb3 with Qc7, as the queen controls the b8-h2 diagonal and if …Qb6 then Qxb6 axb6 leaves black with a pair of weak doubled pawns. Another important point is to recognize when white delays kingside development and castling to instead try to build up pressure on the c-file and against the knight on c6 with Bb5, Ne5, Rc1 etc.. – the best response to this queenside pressure is to play an early …Nd7 as prophylaxis against a Ne5 invasion by white. The following video explains two games played by top grandmaster experts in the Exchange Variation of the Slav Defense, and demonstrates two very effective methods of counterplay for black. Interface used ICC:

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