Domination on the chess board is based on controlling critical squares at decisive moments of a chess game - whether in the opening, middlegame or endgame.
However, the endgame, due to the small amount of pieces on the board is the phase of the game where the importance of this concept is magnified as each piece assumes greater importance.
Therefore it is no mere coincidence that all World Chess Champions have elements of domination in their endgame play. By reviewing these examples, it is my hope that you will become more alert and more aware of the domination possibilities in your own games.
DOMINATION themes can occur in several different types of endgames
- Bishop Pair - Steinitz, Kramnik, Anand, Carlsen
- Bishop Ending - Karpov (Hansen)
- Rook Endings - Lasker, Alekhine, Botvinnik, Smyslov, Petrosian, Karpov, Kasparov
- Rook + Bishop v Rook + Knight - Fischer, Anand