Originally posted by Paul LeggettNever used endgame books in CC.
Has anyone else found endgame books useful in CC chess? One of my goals playing at RHP is to improve my endgame technique for OTB play.
I have found that GM Glenn Flear's endgame books have been particularly helpful for me, and I think I am actually making progress because the games on the site are giving me a chance to crunch actual endgames from ed that way.
In any event, Flear's book is awesome, and I highly recommend it.
Originally posted by AjuinI would play on as black for just a few more moves, maybe, but my first reaction is that white should be able to set up a Philidor position pretty easily, and draw. Why on earth he would want to play on is beyond me.
Never used endgame books in CC.
I know I should,my endgame skills suck
I wouldn't worry about being falsely labeled.That ending is not a 'slight material advantage' but a difficult and interesting endgame.
Furthermore,I don't think whoever said that meant it that way.If he did then I guess pretty much all under 1500's are suspect.
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[fen]8/kp4R1/2p5/8/1P6/3K4/8/2r5 w - - 0 36[/fen]
What does that indicate?
Originally posted by Paul LeggettSmart thinking,didn't occur to me at the time.I should've tried for a win but didn't fancy sweating months over it and probably end up with a draw anyway.
I would play on as black for just a few more moves, maybe, but my first reaction is that white should be able to set up a Philidor position pretty easily, and draw. Why on earth he would want to play on is beyond me.
At the same time, if the white player refuses a draw in that position, that's sort of like a "tell" in poker, indicating that he may ...[text shortened]... tion, and you may be able to win simply due to his lack of technique.
What was the result?
Originally posted by Paul Leggettthat usually comes up related to theoretical dead draws, the kind all strong real human players would see. but there have also been some quite obvious cheaters playing on in ridiculous positions a strong human never would, some of which have even been posted here in the last few weeks, only to be deleted by the thought police.
What bothered me was that I later read in a post that people who play on in drawn endgames because they have a slight material advantage is a "clear indicator of engine use", and I wondered if I could be falsely labeled that way.
Originally posted by Paul LeggettI found John Nunn's book on pawnless endings really useful when I had to defend KRB v KR.
Has anyone else found endgame books useful in CC chess?
Originally posted by KeplerOffhand, the trick here is that black can't get his king to a8- the "bishop is the wrong color" idea is based on the assumption that the opposing king can occupy the corner.
Here is an example where consulting a book might lead one to play on ad infinitum. The final position looks like a draw, the bishop is on the wrong colour. I should have taken a draw a few moves earlier but thought I'd chance my arm and see if he my opponent made a mistake, which he didn't of course.
[fen]8/8/8/8/p3K3/P3B1k1/8/8 w - - 0 1[/fen]
Edit: I ...[text shortened]... n annoy my opponent by dragging out an endgame that I would likely turn into a draw anyway.
Originally posted by Paul LeggettTrue, but after 78 moves I was getting fed up with the game. I am not sure i could have lasted another 40+ moves just to prove a point.
Offhand, the trick here is that black can't get his king to a8- the "bishop is the wrong color" idea is based on the assumption that the opposing king can occupy the corner.
I think you would be OK playing on as long as the win is theoretically possible- not being perfect does not make striving for it any less noble.