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mjgayle52

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Wed Apr 27 2016 2:17PM | MsgID: 18994580


[Quote from: "bwzins64"]
[Quote from: "mjgayle52"]But, i ask you to consider that if the queens are off the board then you may be able to consider it an endgame.



There's several openings in which the queens come off the board early, some even before castling. Generally speaking I agree with you, but every game is different obviously.

(I do appreciate your effort to try and help other members.)

It isn't an absolute. I am not saying that if the queens are off the board that it is definitely an endgame. I am saying there are competing concerns and a good player breaks out of simple rules and begins to think in terms of competing values and the dynamics of the position. And to start thinking for yourself. By doing this you can consider that you and your opponent have worked on the same painting and the best ideas are being illustrated - whoever won.







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Wed Apr 27 2016 8:33AM | MsgID: 18994059


Originally posted by: "mjgayle52"
But, i ask you to consider that if the queens are off the board then you may be able to consider it an endgame.




There's several openings in which the queens come off the board early, some even before castling. Generally speaking I agree with you, but every game is different obviously.

(I do appreciate your effort to try and help other members.)







mjgayle52

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Wed Apr 27 2016 5:09AM | MsgID: 18993876


Not a tip - but more of a thought. It is possible that in some ways castling either ends the opening or achieves a significant goal of the opening. I think for this reason KIA (kings indian attack - or reverse kings's indian) with it's super fast castling might allow the first player to engage in middle game strategies sooner. I guess the bigger point i am hacking away at is that to be a better player one must develop ones own ideas, observations and questions.







retiarius

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Tue Apr 26 2016 10:58PM | MsgID: 18993551


I'm not 100% sure when a game enters an endgame. Is it when there are only a few pieces/pawns left?

I believe the end of the opening and beginning of the middlegame is when your rooks are connected.







mjgayle52

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Thanks Ockendon! - I like the "don't castle" option in some closed positions. Of course some of my opponents have found ways to open my closed positions with some clever sacs (usually but not always a sac of pawns).







ockendon

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Tue Apr 26 2016 7:53PM | edited: 10:40:15 | MsgID: 18993189


My tip is: Don't automatically castle.

A king on d2 or e2 (d7 or e7 for black) still frees up the 2 rooks on the back rank. It also allows an attack on an opponent's castled position without putting one's own king at risk. And that central king will be in a great place for mjgayle's fighting king advance, once the endgame starts!







mjgayle52

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Tue Apr 26 2016 4:05PM | MsgID: 18992778


Here is a tip that has helped me to win many games. First, let me ask a question - when does the endgame begin? There is more than one answer to this question. But, i ask you to consider that if the queens are off the board then you may be able to consider it an endgame. Basically, the possibility of checkmate has been reduced and concerns about king safety reduced. Why is this important? It is important because the King is a fighting piece in the endgame and should be developed. Knowing when to develop your king and when to keep it safe can make a big difference in your results...who else has a good chess tip?







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