Basic Principles: The King

The King is the leader of your army, and as you know you must keep him out of harm's way.  Just keep in mind that in a close endgame, the king can be a very valuable asset to your pawn marching activities.  If you get comfortable with knowing when the game is going to turn into a pawn race, it may be a good idea to bring the king into the picture before your opponent does.  Often a pawn race in the endgame is won or lost by one move, because one player knew when to bring his king into the battle.


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