A Practical Guide to Rook Endgames
Rook endgames represent approximately half of all endings reached in master games, so, it's vital that chess players thoroughly familiarize themselves with this critical part of endgame study. Improve understanding and play of these most important endings, with these clear, comprehensive explanations.
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achieves a draw advance Alexander Alekhine attack basic endgame Black loses black pawn Black resigned Black to move Black wins Black’s king Black’s rook Capablanca capture chances checks Chéron chess connected passed pawns connected pawns coordination counterplay defender’s defense deflection doubled pawns extra pawn flank forces g-pawn important isolated pawns king and rook kingside Kopaev last rank Levenfish and Smyslov mating threat move and win move Diagram move wins Nikolay opponent’s king opponent’s pawns passive pawn endgame pawn structure Pawns versus Rook perpetual check position of Diagram positional advantage possible queenside Ra5+ Ra6+ Ra7+ Ra8+ Rb1+ Rb7+ Rb8+ Rc7+ Rf1+ Rg1+ Rh8+ Rook Endgames rook pawn rook-and-pawn endgames Rxg4 sacrifice save the game seventh rank shelter shown in Diagram sixth rank square stalemate strategic stronger side tactical elements Tarrasch typical USSR weaker side White to move White wins White’s king White’s pawns White’s rook winning position wins easily zugzwang