Amateur to IM: Proven Ideas and Training Methods by Jonathan Hawkins

By Jonathan Hawkins

How did Jonathan Hawkins have the capacity to cross from being a typical event competitor to a participant close to clinching the Grandmaster identify? the key used to be understanding what to review and the way to benefit as successfully as attainable. Focusing his awareness firmly at the endgame, Jonathan devised a couple of development blocks and pointed out a few vitally important components of research. the results of his labor used to be a meteoric upward push in the course of the ranks, as he turned firmly validated as a sought after GM killer at the English event circuit. those pages demonstrate the secrets and techniques of his notebooks for the 1st time. IM Hawkins provides certain fabric aimed that will help you develop into a more robust useful participant, one armed with a deeper knowing of key points of chess. A cautious learn of the teachings provided during this publication may still permit the chess scholar to realize major development.

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H4! g4?? is poor, as Black gets the opportunity to play 5... 4 g6 followed by h7-h5. *g8 Oops! 5... 4>g6!? *f8! h5. < Final training game To check one final piece of technique we decided to play one final game. The first moves followed game two, reaching the following diagram with Black to play. 6. *f6 *f8 As we have seen 6... 4>h8 makes things easier after 7. 4>f7! and White will win the black pawn. < < 7. *g5 Heading for the h6 square. *g6 M y idea for this final game was to check White's technique i f I kept the black pawn on h7.

The culmination of White's strategy. hxg6?? g7 wins for White, but... Earlier with regard to the endgame king and pawn vs. king, we discussed the key squares (squares which win the game 36 Lesson 3. Capablanca's P a w n Endgame if the stronger side can reach them). Now we will extend this idea to include the endgame king and pawn vs. king and pawn, in particular the situation where the pair of enemy pawns is blocked. White to play and occupy a critical square 1. *g5 Occupying one of the critical squares of the d5-pawn.

It is vital though that the black king sits on the square h8 when White plays g6. Let us see why: In our position the most important thing for us to recall are the king and pawn versus king positions we examined earlier (paying particular attention to the notion of key squares). Other building blocks are at work in the position too (the reader may know some), which we will examine now. Building Block A This first building block will be a discussion of the set of positions where the white king has reached the square h6.

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