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CounterplayAn Anthropologist at the Chessboard$
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Robert Desjarlais

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780520267398

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520267398.001.0001

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Notes on a Swindle

Notes on a Swindle

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(p.26) Chapter 2 Notes on a Swindle
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Counterplay
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Robert Desjarlais

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520267398.003.0002

This chapter shows that the endgame is the third and last stage of a game in its prototypical form. Chess players think of the game as being composed of three phases: opening, middlegame, and endgame. If the game is not decided earlier on, then it will come down to an endgame, which is, by definition, when there are only a few pieces left on the board; the other pieces have been exchanged. Since the diminished material makes a direct mating attack less feasible, the play in endgames often revolves around attempts to advance a pawn to the eighth rank, where it can be promoted to a queen or another piece. That additional piece can then help the side possessing it force a win through checkmate.

Keywords:   endgame, game, chess, opening, middlegame, pawn, queen, checkmate

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