Endgame essentials you need to know Vol 1 & 2 - Surya Ganguly

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In this video course, GM Surya Ganguly joins IM Sagar Shah and drawing from his colossal experience, shares some uncommon endgame wisdom. The material mostly features positions with rook against rook and a pawn, and starts by covering the fundamentals: Lucena, Philidor, and Vancura. But it quickly enters non-trivial territory, likely to challenge even masters: the slippery theoretical nuances of dealing with doubled pawns and pawns on the f- and h-files.

Surya presents some ingenious “rules of thumb” to tackle these knotty endings, and at the same time, underscores the importance of actual calculation and understanding, so as not to fall into some crude reductionist trap. Through this course, he promises something no instructor would ordinarily promise – uncertainty! His aim is not knowing everything — which is a chimera that can only stem from naivety—but realising one can never know enough and, thus, being watchfully comfortable in the uncertainty this realisation affords. The heartful camaraderie between Surya and Sagar keeps the lecture engaging throughout. As the ever-so-keen host, Sagar does an excellent job of asking pertinent questions every step of the way, questions that a chess improver would have in mind when studying such endings. On the other hand, Surya often switches roles with him, genially urging him to take the lead and spell out the concepts.

  • Video running time: 4 h 46 minutes
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  • Introduction
  • Lucena Position
  • Lucena Position
  • Lucena Position/ Bridge Building
  • Lucena Position/ Checks from the longer side
  • Illustrative Example + Surya Ganguly versus Liviu Dieter Nisipeanu
  • Illustrative Example
  • Philidor's Position
  • Philidor’s Position
  • Philidor with doubled pawns
  • Advanced Philidor's Position
  • Rohde vs Cramling
  • The case of the knight pawn
  • Doubled knight pawns
  • The case of the rook pawn
  • Vancura Position
  • Vancura Position
  • Vancura Position
  • Vancura Position (Part 2)
  • Vancura Position (Part 3)
  • Gelfand vs Anand
  • Update on Vancura Part 3
  • f & h-pawns in rook endgames
  • Introduction
  • Rook endgame with a white pawn on f5
  • J. Hector vs M. Krasenkow
  • Duda vs Ganguly
  • Basics of Rook + f- and h-pawns versus Rook
  • Rook + f- and h-pawns versus Rook (Part 2)
  • A. Gupta vs P. Negi
  • A. Das vs K. Sasikiran
  • S. Chanda vs E. Vladimirov
  • T. Ngyuen vs V. Gujrathi
  • Rule 5-6
  • Rule 5-6 Part 1
  • Rule 5-6 Part 2
  • Rule 5-6 Part 3
  • W. Arencibia vs E. Vladimirov
  • Cheron 1
  • Cheron 2

The first volume of Demystifying Endgames deals with the essentials of rook versus rook and pawn endings, covering topics like Lucena, Philidor, Vancura, and theoretical cases with rook against rook and pawns on f- and h-files. Grandmaster Surya Shekhar Ganguly presents several guideposts to navigate through the tricky waters of these theoretical endings.

In the present volume, he brings more positions - many from top-level Grandmaster games - to help you with (a): assessing your understanding of the concepts discussed in Volume 1 and (b): complementing that understanding. Thus, about 70% of the material discussed here is the application of ideas established previously, and the remaining comprises rich examples that do not yield directly to any known rule. Staying true to his philosophy that comprehension and confusion are two sides of the same coin, Surya reiterates the importance of staying alert and warns against the dangers of using theory as a crutch.

  • Video running time: 3 h 17 minutes


  • Introduction
  • Exercises 01-10
  • Exercise 01
  • Exercise 02
  • Exercise 03
  • Exercise 04
  • Exercise 05
  • Exercise 06
  • Exercise 07
  • Exercise 07 Part 2
  • Exercise 08
  • Exercise 09
  • Exercise 10
  • Exercises 11-20
  • Exercise 11
  • Exercise 12
  • Exercise 13
  • Exercise 14
  • Exercise 15
  • Exercise 16
  • Exercise 17
  • Exercise 18
  • Exercise 19
  • Exercise 20
  • Exercises 21-32
  • Exercise 21
  • Exercise 22
  • Exercise 23
  • Exercise 24
  • Exercise 25
  • Exercise 26
  • Exercise 27
  • Exercise 28
  • Exercise 29
  • Exercise 30
  • Exercise 31
  • Exercise 32
  • Conclusion
  • Practice positions
  • Lucena Practice 1


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