Understanding Chess Endgames | Two pawns. Part 1

Learn pawn endgames with a grandmaster | This course is a logical continuation of the course about One Pawn

This course will help you understand what to do when two pawns are left on the board.

What you’ll learn

  • How to win with two extra pawns.
  • How to make a beautiful draw against two pawns.
  • Learn how to win if pawns are in front of one another.
  • Learn how to draw when you lose your last pawn.
  • Use shouldering, opposition, distant opposition, and key squares to your advantage.
  • Discover the difference between chess geometry and regular geometry.

Course Content

  • Introduction –> 2 lectures • 4min.
  • Two extra pawns –> 6 lectures • 25min.
  • Pawns on adjacent files –> 3 lectures • 9min.
  • Pawns on the same file –> 10 lectures • 59min.
  • Short Conclusion –> 1 lecture • 2min.

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This course will help you understand what to do when two pawns are left on the board.

It is a logical continuation of the course I dedicated to a one-pawn endgame.

I checked all the books on pawn endgames that I studied myself and selected all the important positions for you.

I also added some of the positions that, in my view, were missing from the books I studied.

Here, you will learn that your perception of the world based on Euclidean geometry can fail you in chess.

You will see the beauty of chess geometry, which is sometimes counterintuitive.

This course also contains a wonderful puzzle, which I was solving without the chessboard when traveling for a tournament more than a dozen years ago. The puzzle goes as follows: Can you put three white pawns on different files and, of course, two kings, so that it is still a draw with white to move?

Think about that! You have three extra passed pawns (no doubled or tripled pawns), it is your move, and yet this is still a draw!


Learn and Master Pawn Endgames (Two Pawns | Part 1) with a Successful Grandmaster


  • Learn how to win with two extra pawns
  • Study how to draw against two pawns, if possible
  • Use the principles of opposition and distant opposition when losing your last pawn
  • Anticipate your opponent’s actions to win the game
  • Use mined squares, key squares, and shouldering to crack your opponent’s defense
  • Learn the brilliant solution to the puzzle mentioned before
  • Discover how to think in terms of chess geometry (which is different from the one we are used to)


This course will enhance your understanding of the fascinating world of chess endgames


The course consists of 5 sections

Section 1 | Introduction: You will learn what this course is all about. There you will also find my position on russian war against Ukraine.

Section 2 | Two extra pawns: You will learn how to win with two extra pawns, and you will discover the situations when you can still hold a draw. Also, you will find out the solution to the three-pawn puzzle (Spoiler Alert!).

Section 3 | Pawns on adjacent files: You will discover how to survive when you lose the pawn. Also, you will find out how to take your opponent’s plan into account when winning the pawn. Sometimes, you will have to resist playing obvious moves.

Section 4 | Pawns on the same file: Miner squares, key squares, opposition, when your intuition may fail you, chess geometry vs Euclidean geometry, counterintuitive decisions, difficult shouldering. All of this is waiting for you in this section.

Section 5 | Short Conclusion: You will hear the summary of the course. In the attachment, you will find a link to the free lichess study, where you can check all the positions discussed in the course.



Who this course is for:

– Beginner/hobby chess players who want to understand chess endgames better

– Chess enthusiasts who are ready to build a foundation for their endgame play

– Anyone who is interested in improving their endgame play

– Chess players who want to play well and evaluate pawn endgames in a matter of seconds

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