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

When chess becomes art!

Every chess players will agree with me that being concious of the imbalances and characteristics of a position is one of the most important things in a game. This awareness is the first thing that we need in order to start making a good plan in the endgame.

At the same time it’s highly important to have knowledge of some endgame patterns that sometimes arise. In this video I’ll show you an endgame composition that has some similarities with the famous study by Richard Reti that I showed in one of my previous¬† videos.