“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 middle game and the opening must be studied in relation to the endgame.”
-Jose Raul Capablanca, World Chess Champion from Cuba, 1921-27.
José Raúl Capablanca
Born: November 19, 1888, Havana, Cuba
Died: March 8, 1942, New York City, New York, USA
Buried: Colon Cemetery, Havana, Cuba
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“For a student to understand and progress in all stages of the chess game–the Opening, the Middle Game and the Endgame–the student must first know how to end the game in checkmate!”
-John Bain, author of the best-selling scholastic chess workbooks Checkmate! Ideas For Students as well as the blog Endgame Checkmate Patterns For Students!