I'm busy to acquire the knowledge how to play the various endgames. And that is good, since I need that knowledge. But my real problem is the transition towards the endgame. Without endgame knowledge, I cannot even hope to ever fill in this gap. But having this endgame knowledge acquired is no way a guarantee that I will learn how to make the transition from the middlegame towards the endgame. And that is where the real problem lies for me.
Take for instance this diagram from a game that I played yesterday:
Black to move.
[FEN "3r1bk1/1pq2p1p/4r1p1/2P1p3/PQ6/2R1B2P/6P1/5RK1 b - - 0 27"]
I'm black. I'm a pawn ahead. I certainly outplayed my opponent sofar. As is so often the case. But I have no clear idea how to play this position.
In the past I solved this problem by offering a draw. Even people with a much higher rating would accept that. But now I am no longer in time trouble in this kind of positions and now I no longer offer or accept draws, I must learn how to play this. But I have no clues somehow, since I always avoided this kind of play.
I played 27. ... Qc6 here, in order to block the c pawn, thus blocking the white bishop, and to improve the mobility of the queen. According to Ivanhoe I give 0.61 pawnpoints away. Without noticing it or understanding why. I can't play this if I haven't the right patterns. These are the 16 best moves in this position (see table below). The reason I didn't play 27. ... e4 is that it frees the white bishop.
27. ... Qc6 28. Rb1 Ra8 29. Rc4 Ra7 30. Qb5 Qxb5 31. axb5 Ra3 32. Bf2
e4 33. c6 bxc6 34. bxc6 Re8 35. c7 Raa8 36. Bg3 Rac8 37. Rb8 e3 38. Rxc8
Rxc8 39. Kf1 f5 40. Rd4 Be7 41. Rd7 Kf8 42. Bd6 1-0
I finally was in time trouble due to the fact that I played with so little clues, and my play started to detoriate seriously so I resigned.
What are the issues in this position I should be aware of? Somehow this is a blind spot for me.
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