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R-47

  In a similar position with pawns one file more distant from the edge of the board Black is also saved by a stalemate combination, but here he must show some skill. White to move cannot win because Black can again cunningly make use of the shortage of space.   ← Basic EndingsBasic Endings →

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R-46

  All this superiority of White, this brilliant coordination between the king and the rook is not enough to win the game if the pawns are along the edge of the board or just one file away from its edge! When pawns are situated along the edge of the board, it is easy to notice […]

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R-45

  When the black king stays with his far advanced pawns, he will most often win if the white king is not near enough. However, if the white king and rook control the promotion square, the situation is fundamentally changed. White to move wins since thanks to a brilliant coordination of his pieces, he can […]

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R-44

  6.6.2. Rook against two pawns Even though, statistically speaking, rook is materially much more valuable than two pawns and most often than not, manages to prove its tactical merit and power, in these endgames the weaker side has quite good prospects to get saved. Position of pieces greatly effects the outcome of the game. […]

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R-4

  Rook is also superior to connected pawns deprived from king’s help, in case neither had passed the fifth rank. An educational example researched by V. Sozin in 1931 follows here: The evaluation of the position depends on who is to move.   ← Basic EndingsBasic Endings →

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R-3

  The great rook’s power and its successful battle against pawns on both sides are further expressed in the position where the opponent’s pieces have not yet passed the fifth rank. White to move wins by “cutting off” the black king along the fifth rank.     ← Basic EndingsBasic Endings →

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R-2

  A more valuable rook than the knight or bishop can be exceptionally prominent in positions with pawns on both sides. Thanks to its long-distance action, the rook can very successfully control very distant pawns who could not – even with the king’s help – “push him over the endurance threshold”.   ← Basic EndingsBasic […]

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