The end is in the beginning and yet you go on.
When I am trying to understand the method of winning in the endgame with two bishops against the knight, chess is a science, when I admire a beautiful combination or study, then chess is art, and when I am complicating position in the approaching time trouble of my opponent, then chess is sport.
Patience is the most valuable trait of the endgame player.
Nothing is funnier than unhappiness.
In the endgame, an error can be decisive, and we are rarely presented with a second chance.
HAMM: We're not beginning to... to... mean something? CLOV: Mean something! You and I, mean something! (Brief laugh.) Ah that's a good one!
To improve at chess you should in the first instance study the endgame.
Patience is the most valuable trait of the endgame player. In the endgame, the most common errors, besides those resulting from ignorance of theory, are caused by either impatience, complacency, exhaustion, or all of the above.
Before the endgame, the Gods have placed the middle game.
You're on earth. There's no cure for that.
In order to improve your game you must study the endgame before everything else; for, whereas the endings can be studied and mastered by themselves, the middlegame and the opening must be studied in relation to the endgame.
Enjoy the journey of life and not just the endgame.
In order to improve your game you must study the endgame before everything else.
Lack of proper endgame technique allows many players to escape from lost positions, even without any spectacular play on their part.
In the middlegame, the king is merely an extra, but in the endgame, he is one of the star actors.
Modeling was not an endgame for me. I didn't particularly enjoy the act of it.
When you're passionate about something, you want it to be all it can be. But in the endgame of life, I fundamentally believe the key to happiness is letting go of that idea of perfection.
After a bad opening, there is hope for the middle game. After a bad
middle game, there is hope for the endgame. But once you are
in the endgame, the moment of truth has arrived
Once you are in the endgame, the moment of truth has arrived... The amount of points that can be gained (and saved) by correct endgame play is enormous, yet often underestimated.
It often happens that a player is so fond of his advantageous position that he is reluctant to transpose to a winning endgame.
Agreeing to draws in the middlegame, equal or otherwise, deprives you of the opportunity to practice playing endgames, and the endgame is probably where you need the most practice.
I detest the endgame. A well-played game should be practically decided in the middlegame.
I always urge players to study composed problems and endgames.
No one has ever played these endgames with such elegant ease as Capablanca.
If you study the classic examples of endgame play you will see how the king was brought up as soon as possible even though there seemed no particular hurry at the time.
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