Chess Lesson # 65: Triangulation | Distant Opposition | The Pawn that Stops Two | Chess Endgames |

Chess endgames are extremely important. That’s why this class is one of the most important ones in our course. Many players avoid studying endgames to only find out that they are stuck at a specific level and that it is in part due to their poor understanding of endgame technique. In this lesson, you will learn all crucial concepts such as distant opposition, triangulation and the pawn that stops two pawns. We will also study complex positions, which we can win by using these same concepts. Get ready and let’s learn Chess endgames the right way!

00:00 Intro
01:55 Distant opposition
10:20 Triangulation
15:35 One pawn that stops two pawns
17:02 First consolidation exercise
10:25 Second consolidation exercise

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75 Comments

  1. Really nice presentation of something that has to be fully understood. Feeling more confident with every video. Far from boring.

  2. Great explanation on triangulation. I finally understand how to use it in a game 😁

  3. Hi Coach. If at 22:30 black plays Kb7 then white plays a6. Suppose black didn’t capture the pawn and kept it closed. Then is it a draw ?

  4. I am sort of the opposite. I love studying endgames followed by middle and dislike openings. I remember one of my first chess books was a 1000 page book on endgames. It's really good that you covered these critical points.

  5. So, in the first position, suppose white plays Ke4. Black can't reply with Ke6, because that's attacked by the pawn. I can take diagonal opposition with Kg6, which is probably best. If I try Ke7, I guess he has Ke3?

  6. This is the Best Video Ever on the explanation Triangulation and Distant Opposition!

  7. Thanks so much. Endgame studies = chess vegetables!

  8. I learned it by this trick. If the space is odd and your turn. You are the odd man out.
    When you mention the king closer, is there a formula to do quick calculations. LIke distance opposition, moving to the same color square

  9. Just used your training, won the game, I am just going to use this pirc/indian combo. Works better and better as you play it over and over and over. Thank you for all you have done and will do. Strength and Honor. May Jesus bless you in all that you and your family does. Amen

  10. I seem to be getting cramped with pawn pushes. Very frustrating. How does one deal with the N g4, really cramps my king side when all set up

  11. After reviewing a game, I do not understand some computer moves, they make no sense. Crazy

  12. Hi Robert. Great video. Could you help me please ? I played the last position of this video on lichess against stockfish level 8, many times and it is always a draw. Could you make a video playing that position until the end ? Thank you so much.

  13. All 4 of these concepts are new to me, and full of practical value. Thanks so much, Robert.

  14. I never quite understood the point of triangulation but after you went over it, the explanation make so much sense. Great Instruction!

  15. I came for the triangulation section. You have to understand the opposition concept first, then it's not too hard.

  16. All your lessons are very good…. and since U give real examples of matches it becomes even easy to digest…

  17. Finally I defeated stock fish strength 8 using opposition , triangulation after failing 10 times

  18. At Last I defeated stock fish strength 8 , after failing for 10 times

  19. It is because of your excellent explanation of opposition , triangulation , distant opposition

  20. Sir am having doubt in bishop and knight check mate

  21. I'm really enjoying your lessons! Thanks for all that you do! I decided to go back over this lesson as I do enjoy learning endgames as I don't find them boring at all. I think I have a handle on direct and distant opposition but in a time crunch I know I would surely make an error because it's not an ingrained understanding. In your example on distant opposition I can follow what you're saying but then I see moves that aren't mentioned and I wonder about them. I think what I would find helpful is if you would clearly state given a particular position whether it is a win, draw, or loss if it is white or blacks move.

    Time to continue on with the rest of the lesson. Thanks!!

  22. I saw this video again and gained a lot

  23. Endgames are not boring. In my eyes they are much more interesting than opening theory. Perhaps, because I am a mathematician 😊

  24. I lernt this endgame today and I have used it in my game today

  25. Am I right to say triangulation doesn't work if there is only one pawn on the board? I tried it with a lone pawn sand king vs king endgame and it didn't work.

  26. Very important endgame techniques.. much needed. Thanks Rob!

  27. Today I again saw this video and made notes in my diary

  28. As once said you should learn your endgames first because its one thing if you can get a winning position/endgame but if you cannot win then there’s no way to win the won game

  29. At 7:40, I don’t understand white king g4. Doesn’t that allow black diagonal opposition at e6? Isn’t white better to take distant opposition at e3?

  30. Thank you for this clear, helpful explanation! Not boring at all!! 🙏

  31. Thanks bro I literally don't have money for chess classes you are a God for me at this time 🥰🥰🥰 I don't have words that how I can thank you 🥰

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