This section is the Endgames Practice Problems Series #1, covering a range of endgames, from simple checkmates/basic endgames to complex endgames, stalemates, and draws. There are three levels: Beginner, Intermediate, & Advanced.
Beginner: Thirty-one problems covering Mates in One, Mates in Two, Mates in Three, Stalemates, Draws, and more. Basic endgames principles. Problems range from very easy to somewhat more challenging.
Intermediate: Fifteen problems-start with either a checking move or a pawn promotion, except Problems #s 12, 13, 14 & #15. Higher level of difficulty; more complex move order & calculation.
Advanced: Fifteen problems-several types: very complex positions; not overly complex but require many moves to mate; start with a move that is not a check or pawn promotion; have intermediate move(s) that are not check(s) (e.g. three moves that are not check, but wrap the mating net with the fourth and final move being check/checkmate); or the player who loses is to move first. Range from relatively easy to very difficult.
Each game header notes the level of difficulty, the player to move (or if the opposing player is to mate), number of moves to mate or other result (stalemate or draw – 1/2-1/2), and a Hint (for most problems).
Each page is designed to be able to be printed on 8 1/2″ x 11″ paper using a browser’s print button in the menu bar (if displayed), or the print command under File in top menu. The problem’s diagram along with the solution(s) notation displayed will print out.
TWO METHODS OF VIEWING:
In some instances, problem’s notation will contain explanatory comments either before or after a half-move.
How to Use Interactive Boards (in addition to general hovering/clicking method mentioned above):
Decide on your move. To test your move/see the correct move, you may:
In Commentary Mode:
1. You may click the forward half-move arrow (third arrow in set of four) below the diagram. Each click of the arrow will step you through the main solution line. You may use the arrows to move to the beginning of the game, back one half move, forward one-half move, and to the end of the main solution line. To play an alternate line (solution), you must click on the appropriate “hidden” box for the half-move in the notations section in the frame to the right of the board.
2. You may click the appropriate blank space for the “hidden” half-move box in the notation section to the right of the board to see the correct move and have it made on the board.
3. You also may click on Auto Play button [A], and have the main line solution played automatically. You can choose the play speed with the drop-down selection box (starts with 2-average speed). Note: Auto Play will only play the main line. To play an alternate line (solution), you must click on the appropriate blank space in the notations box to the right of the board.
Links (drop-down list and foward and back arrow buttons) to other problems in the level of difficulty are below the board in the left frame. Links to other levels of difficulty or changing to a different mode for the current level of difficult are in the right frame below the notations section. There is also a link to the Endgames tutorials, Main Chess Page, and my web home. You may also return to the Main Chess Page by clicking on the logo at the top of page in the right frame.