By Jonathan Hawkins
How did Jonathan Hawkins be able to cross from being a standard match competitor to a participant close to clinching the Grandmaster name? the key used to be realizing what to check and the way to profit as successfully as attainable. Focusing his cognizance firmly at the endgame, Jonathan devised a couple of development blocks and pointed out a few vitally important parts of research. the results of his labor used to be a meteoric upward thrust in the course of the ranks, as he turned firmly tested as a in demand GM killer at the English match circuit. those pages show the secrets and techniques of his notebooks for the 1st time. IM Hawkins provides particular fabric aimed that can assist you turn into a stronger useful participant, one armed with a deeper figuring out of key facets of chess. A cautious learn of the teachings offered during this publication should still let the chess scholar to realize major development.
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4. e7+! *e8 White to play So White has put his king on d6 (by analogy with our usual h6), but he has not taken particular care about tempi when pushing his pawns. dxe6?? is a draw, White to play — White wins There is in fact no problem for White to win this position. Simply transfer the king to queenside and Black is helpless. 49 50 Lesson 4 Step by Step — A Guide to Little Plans LESSON AIMS > Learn how to optimize pieces in preparation for progressing the position. > Understand the concept of 'little plans' and how they represent the practical nature of planning.
As we saw in the endgame king and knight's pawn vs. king, it is better to occupy the rook's file with the king to squeeze out the enemy king into the large part of the board. Squeezing the enemy king into the corner introduces stalemate defenses. 3. g7 Pushing the black king into the large part of the board and queening the pawn. A similar principle applies i n the endgame we are discussing: Looks good - but isn't Remember me? *f6?! * h 7 Even here, in a situation which would appear to be the best possible version for White (both white pawns on their initial squares, so maximum flexibility with tempi), his strategy is still flawed.
E4 1. h5 <4>e6 will transpose to the main line. *e6 White can make no further progress without playing the move g4-g5 which will result in a simple drawn endgame (we know the black king has only to return to f8 to draw). With Black to move, the situation is drastically changed. White now has two trumps: the opposition and an optional reserve tempi with h4-h5. 2. * d 4 * d 6 3. h5 Sooner or later White must play this move to win the opposition, otherwise no forward progress via outflanking is possible.
Amateur to IM: Proven Ideas and Training Methods by Jonathan Hawkins