Today she solved a lot, so I worked a few hours on endgames.

Because to calculate an endgame move and then do another because my calculations are always wrong is a too meager method.

A lot of writers on the endgame have a so called 'scientific approach' to chess.

Which means that they are very afraid to be incomplete.

So it can happen that the first 7 chapters of a book are totally useless, because they handle about endgames you probably never get on the board. Just to be complete.

It took me 3 weeks to find out where on earth to start with endgames.

Now I know, it is of course very simple: you have to begin with king + pawn endgames.

Because any other endgame can become such an endgame, if pieces are traded off.

John Nunn has written a nice booklet. He talks about opposition, triangulation and the Reti-manoeuvre as the base for king + pawn endgames.

Today I studied the opposition. I knew the concept already ofcourse, but I decided to dig deeper in it.

I think I now know from every postion on the board how to get/keep the opposition of the kings.

I have a good grasp of the "bypass method" now. There is one little mystery yet at the subject, but I hope to find out the details by tomorrow.

TCT | # problems | circle 1 | circle 2 | circle 3 |

Step 3 | 540 | 96% | 97% | . |

Step 4 | 560 | 94% | 390 done | . |

Step 5 | 580 | 75% | . | . |

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