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Old 01-11-2021, 04:38 AM   #51 (permalink)
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nah any chess instructor will suggest you memorize a bunch of end games

how to win with King and Pawn
how to win with knight and pawn vs. bishop and pawn
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If you know which ones are winning for you, you'll know which trades are favorable
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Old 01-11-2021, 04:40 AM   #52 (permalink)
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How many end games are there total?
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Old 01-11-2021, 04:43 AM   #53 (permalink)
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Many people think that chess is a sport of memorizing moves and tactics, because they see people do the same moves over and over and over in many games, from openings to even end game tactics.

However it's not because we memorized the games, not by any means. For example until today I have not memorized even one single game in my life, yet I have beaten masters before. But if you showed me a game where a certain tactic is played I would still know it even if I didn't memorize the game itself.

In short, memorizing is something that happens to a chess player when he plays a lot, you will intuitively know moves without having to think, you will know what will lead to where in many scenarios (as long as you don't hit the 2000+ bracket)... And the main reason is because you had trial and error and learned these same tactics they are using by heart.

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Old 01-11-2021, 04:51 AM   #54 (permalink)
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yes but no

in the Mid Game, you will almost always reach an Off the Books position that no other player has ever seen before

that's the beauty of Chess

but you can and people who are good at Chess do, memorize the openings and the end games
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Once you get more advanced then yeah but if you don't have the principles down then good luck with just trying to use rote memorization to memorize end games and openings.

you just made it sound like it's simple to be great at chess if you just memorize a bunch of **** but "what's the fun in that." really it's just a matter of as you play more certain patterns emerge and that's why specific openings and end games have names to them. For the most part those openings and end games would be arrived at with a proper understanding of the basic strategic and tactical principles in the first place.
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Old 01-11-2021, 05:00 AM   #56 (permalink)
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nah that's why I clarified we were talking about the End Game

End Games are based on Theory which in Chess means they are like a solved puzzle

memorizing them is a matter of just knowing the solution, if you know it, you will win that end game every single time
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Old 01-11-2021, 05:08 AM   #57 (permalink)
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... endgames aren't the only part of the game based on theory. The entire game has basic strategic and tactical themes to it which lead to the predictable patterns you're referring to in end games and openings. You can try through rote memorization to memorize each one but I think to the extent that chess instructors encourage you to study them it is to analyze the themes underlying them rather than to just memorize a series of specific sets of instructions.
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again, you wouldn't do that with the MiddleGame, there's more Chess games possible than atoms in the universe or something

but you can memorize, I think, all of the endgames that involve one or two pieces

and then several other complex ones, tournament players absolutely do this

these are all very common and solved from wiki:



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King and pawn versus king endgame
Lucena position
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Philidor position
Queen and pawn versus queen endgame
Queen versus pawn endgame
Réti endgame study
Rook and bishop versus rook endgame
Rook and pawn versus rook endgame
Saavedra position
Two knights endgame
the longest possible solved endgame is apparently 154 moves, so yeah, you're not going to memorize that...but I think you get my drift
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And you can try to memorize openings. And memorize the names associated. you're better off trying to get the basic principles down before you bother with that ****. Most of them follow basic tactical patterns that make them more intuitively obvious than trying to go with rote memorization.
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Old 01-11-2021, 05:48 AM   #60 (permalink)
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you don't need opening theory, but you do need Endgames

you're flying blind if you don't know which endgames are winning

this is if you want to be really good, otherwise yeah do whatever
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