Today we’ll learn a lesson on chess endgame strategy from his highness, Stockfish 7.
I know, I know… I’ve mentioned on this blog before that I’m not a fan of these 3000+ ELO engines (like Stockfish, Komodo and co) and that I prefer weaker, but more “human-like” engines.
This is all true.
But a lesson we learn in life is that even though we might not like somebody, we can still learn from them! 😆
Recently I was running an engine tournament on my laptop to research an opening line I am interested in and witnessed a game which contains so many lessons for learning players.
Particularly with regard to the endgame.
The fantastic Australian chess engine (which I’ve just discovered and will review soon) named Kanguruh was given the task of tackling almighty Stockfish with the white pieces in an open Sicilian.
Not a good sign.
The game that resulted was something we could really expect to see in an open tournament in Europe when a 2200 player plays a 2700 player in round 1.
Kanguruh fights hard and despite some suspect positional play, reaches a completely level endgame.
Unfortunately, the Grandmaster had judged this endgame to be won for him waaaaay back when it was still a distant possibility on the horizon.
This is the difference in positional understanding which separates top Grandmasters from masters.
And what we’ll see in this game.
You can see from the list above why I wanted to show you, right?
Before I show you the game, let’s focus on some instructive highlights.
(To skip to the video analysis I did for you, just goto the bottom of this page. 😉 )
After this move, white was forced to play an endgame with weak dark squares, a weak h-pawn and no active pieces.
After this move, white’s rook on h1 is forced to remain passive and he always needs to watch out for Re3 and Rxc3 ideas.
After this move Stockfish enters by force an endgame with the following advantages:
At this moment it becomes clear that white is really suffering and black will simply improve all of his pieces and push the passed a-pawn.
Black now just uses his better bishop to keep the white king tied up, his rook (and passed a-pawn) to keep the white rook tied up and then creeps forward with his king to support the pawn.
Very simple and impressive play.
Here’s the full game and video analysis.
So what now?
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