Endgame Strategy

  1. Activate your King. It is an invaluable attacking piece in the endgame.
  2. Create a passed Pawn, and escort it to promotion.
  3. When ahead in material, exchange pieces but not Pawns.
  4. Place pawns on opposite coloured squares as your Bishop.
  5. Put rooks behind friendly and enemy passed Pawns.
  6. Use Rooks to cut off the enemy King.
  7. When you have the advantage, don’t waste time promoting multiple new Queens. Press your advantage for checkmate instead.
  8. Activate and coordinate your pieces before making premature Pawn thrusts.
  9. Develop threats and passed Pawns on both wings.
  10. When you have the advantage, simplify to a winning endgame.