Which part of the game do you think that the majority of players study the most? Openings, Middle-Games or Endgames? The answer is “Openings!” There are far more books on chess openings than any other part of the game and I guess it’s nice to be able to memorise the latest opening theory. When I was playing competitively I tried to concentrate on always playing the same opening variations (that I knew moderately well) so that I could focus on something much more important. Endgames!
Yes folks, being good at Rook Endgames (for example) will get you far more points than being an openings expert who then gets outplayed for the rest of the game.
If you’d like to try your hand at a little endgame to see how your endgame skills hold up then have a look at the position below. White is a Bishop for pawn ahead but Black has a dangerous passed pawn on b2. Who will win?
[fen caption="White to Play - who will win?"]8/8/2k5/B7/8/r6p/1p5P/1R5K b KQkq – 0 1[/fen]