Drawish Endings

There are various types of endgames that are considered “drawish”. What this means, is that such positions can often result in a draw, even if one player has an extra pawn or two. This concept tends to apply more to advanced chess, as many of these endgames are likely to be won or lost in beginner or intermediate chess levels.

Drawish Types of Endgames

Some of the types of endgames that are drawish include:

It is important to note that these are drawn in advanced play, but not necessarily for beginners or intermediate players. Rook endings and double rook endings are particularly trappy. Opposite bishop endgames can often be won if your opponent let’s your King invade their territory. Beginners will often lose these positions by not playing actively enough. You cannot just sit back and assume it’s drawn. You have to play!

Book Draws

There are also some important endgame positions that are “book draws” or “theoretically drawn positions”, such as:

Winnable Endgames

The endings that are considered winnable with an extra pawn, having relatively less drawing possibilities include:

Book Win Endgames

And there are many simple “book wins” where the player should win:

  • King+Rook vs King (basic checkmates)
  • King+Queen vs King (basic checkmates)
  • Knight+Pawn vs King (simple endgame win)
  • Bishop+Pawn vs King (simple endgame win, except if “wrong rook pawn”)
  • Rook and Two Connected Pawns vs Rook (i.e. two pawns ahead in Rook Endings)

Heading for a drawish endgame can be a good drawing strategy, but it is not the only one.

Related Chess Tactics

Read more about these related chess strategies: