It’s always important to be on the lookout for tactics, and that continues to be true in the endgame. Indeed, in the endgame, if you spot and execute a tactic, that often ends the game immediately, as your opponent usually does not have enough material or counterplay left on the board to save the game.
Below are two puzzles. The solutions are the the video beneath the puzzle images. Enjoy!
Endgame Puzzle 1
In this position, I simply failed to look for tactics, or I just might have spotted it. Always remember to look for tactics, right through to the final move of the game!
Endgame Puzzle 2
Now that I think about it, this isn’t really an endgame puzzle because the queens are still on, but it has an endgame feel because my pawn is so close to promoting. For this puzzle, the question is whether you can take the en pris Bishop. Is it really safe to take? Look for your opponent’s resources, as well as your own.
Solutions to both puzzles are shown in the video below.