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Help needed learning 'endgame theory'

@sjcjoosten said in #11:
> Please advise me something. Also note I was playing white, not black.

The color wont change too much what i said. Its roughly the same. For instance. Move 11 is the beggining of the end. That move serves no purpose. You already moved the pawn once. You dont need to vacate e3 for a piece, you are not restricting a square. It just weakens the center. Still you moved the pawn for a second time while your major pieces are still not in play.

This is lack on fundamentals/mid game.

A few moves later, by refusing to not capture the c pawn (Probably was the best choice from the 2 evils, as the position was already bad by then), your pawn got isolated and will be hard to defend.

It is clear that a pawnstorm will come on the a,b and c files. So the bishop and the knight on that side will have to be relocated, weaeking the defence of the isolated pawn. Which again, could have been reinforced by a rook. But you instead, move the actual good defender (N on e3) TWICE, just to get traded and add another direct attacker on the isolated pawn.

Lack on fundamentals/positioning.

And then, instead of letting that pawn go, because it WILL fall eventually, you decided to lock in your bishop in hopes to defend it and lost it for just a pawn, and will still not protect your isolated pawn because it will still go down anyways,

By that point. The game is already over.

The one with bad endgame technique in this case then its black, because it failed to convert a fairly easy wrap up.

So, as i told you, i didnt saw an endgame from your part. As far as im concerned, the endgame for you started when he resigned.

You need to study fundamental chess principles and midgame positioning. Square control, pawn structures. You were doing fine until you weakened your center with e4. Should have moved the rooks towards the center instead, or activated the queen. Grabbing the semi open files first, then threaten to open them with a discovery attack on the queen. Since the position was already stable and there was nothing going on, you could have even maneuvered your c knight towards your king side. But the moment you played e4, you commited it to the defense of that same pawn.

This is pawn structure material and midgame strategy.

I dont know which opening you were following, probably a london type. But i can assure you, that e4 is already out of the book. That was the actual issue. The rest of the game is just trying to compensate.

You lost at least 3 tempos, 1 by moving the pawn, and 2 by exchanging your knight for the bishop. Which is not a bad trade, but you should have tried to do so with the useless knight opposite to the enemy king, not with the good one which was closer to the enemy king and was a good defender.

Review the chess principles.
Dont move a piece that dont have to move.
Position your pieces on active squares.
Rooks belong in open or semi open files.
Dont move pieces twice in the opening if you dont have to.
Pawns cannot move backwards. Dont move them if you dont have to.
The best piece to protect a pawn is another pawn.
Dont block your bishops in.

Those are just some of the fundamentals. All of them violated in a span of like 10 moves.

You will have to study endgames eventually, but as pointed out, this wasnt an endgame issue. You didnt had one this game.

Si, you need to study initiative (to not lose tempos).
Pawn structures.
Chess fundamentals.
Mid game strategy.

Thats enough material for some 3 months, at least.

This is basic, I went through it and I like it, clear and instructive.
www.chessable.com/endgame-bootcamp-with-john-bartholomew/course/33597/

Looks promising, since the author did such a great job in the previous course.
www.chessable.com/essential-r-p-vs-r-endings/course/90/

I only saw the video, looks promising, I saw other courses of this author - he's one of the very best out there. (I saw his d4, Semi-Slav, Classical Sicilian, and Berlin Defense courses - I know his style quit well)
www.chessable.com/free-lesson-the-principle-of-two-weaknesses/course/115673/

You will soon become an endgame lion.

There are some other courses out there, but I don't know anything about authors or the courses.

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