Notes on a Swindle

Robert Desjarlais

in Counterplay

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780520267398
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520948204 | DOI:
Notes on a Swindle

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This chapter shows that the endgame is the third and last stage of a game in its prototypical form. Chess players think of the game as being composed of three phases: opening, middlegame, and endgame. If the game is not decided earlier on, then it will come down to an endgame, which is, by definition, when there are only a few pieces left on the board; the other pieces have been exchanged. Since the diminished material makes a direct mating attack less feasible, the play in endgames often revolves around attempts to advance a pawn to the eighth rank, where it can be promoted to a queen or another piece. That additional piece can then help the side possessing it force a win through checkmate.

Keywords: endgame; game; chess; opening; middlegame; pawn; queen; checkmate

Chapter.  12615 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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