Solution to Brain Push Ups nr.2

In the video below you can watch the solution the the endgame study from John Nunn’s book Endgame Challenge.


More brain push ups!

Here is a position from John Nunn’s book Endgame Challenge. (See previous post)
It’s white to move. It looks as if white’s position is hopeless. The black pawn is ready to promote. But still there is a way to save the game and achieve a draw!
How can white prevent the black pawn from promoting?

I’ll post the solution in a couple of days. Good luck solving!

John Nunn’s Endgame Challenge

This book is filled with the most beautiful endgame studies ever seen. It’s not a book that teaches you basic endgames, but a book that shows the deeper parts of chess. It’s a chess book that can be very useful for your understanding of chess but you will have to take your time to examine, study, analyse, and slowly absorb it’s content.

The best way to use a book like this is to take on one position at a time and find as much analysis as possible, writing down the various lines of play. When you think that you have exhausted all the likely possibilities, look again for the unlikely ones. That is the beauty of a good endgame study!

If you live in The Netherlands of in Belgium you can order this book (or any other) at without shipping costs!

Dr John Nunn is one of the best-respected figures in world chess. He was among the world’s leading grandmasters for nearly twenty years, winning four gold medals in chess Olympiads and finishing sixth overall in the World Cup in 1989. He is a much-acclaimed writer, whose works have won ‘Book of the Year’ awards in several countries. In 2004, 2007 and 2010 Nunn was crowned World Chess Solving Champion, ahead of many former champions.

If you are looking for a book that explains you step by step the essential knowledge about chess endgames there is the famous book Chess Endings by GM Yuri Averbach.

Averbakh’s endgame book concisely reviews major endgame positions, mates, and strategy. In five organized chapters, the author takes readers through the basics and introduces some of the complex features of endgames. The book is written for chess players rated between 1500 and 2100.

Also this title is available at

What is the best book on chess endgames?

Now that is really a tricky question! It’s very hard to decide which book is the best on this subject since it depends on the level of the reader. An excellent book for an expert like for example Dvoretsky’s Endgame Manual may be a bad choice for a 1500 player.

Personally I’ve enjoyed very much Capablanca’s best chess endings, by Chernev.

Also Silman’s Complete endgame course is in my opinion a good buy. Especially because it handles endgames categorized for different rating levels.

There are of course many online book stores, like the Dutch, where you can have a look around.