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R-41

  Occasionally, due to an awkward rook position, White must strain himself in order to save a draw. The following is a witty example discovered by Stamma as long ago as the 18th century. Although the queening of the pawn cannot be prevented, White to move draws strikingly.     ← Basic EndingsBasic Endings →

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R-39

  In the example 32, with Black to move, we understood a huge defending value of opposition. This very experience may serve as a landmark to win in a wonderful study by R. Reti from 1928. The white rook attacked, and after the forced 1.Rd1? d4 the position would be drawn since due to opposition […]

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R-32A

  Knowing the drawing area makes the decision making much easier. A quite instructive case, showing the crucial relevance of opposition and shouldering, which happened in the Amelung – Erler game, Riga 1887. Position evaluation depends on who is to move!   ← Basic EndingsBasic Endings →

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R-21

  In non-rim pawn endings the weaker side’s chances for rescue are much smaller, except in cases when the pawn and the king had already arrived on the seventh rank. Namely, the winning plan examined in example 10 will not be efficient in positions with non-rim pawns because Black will easily defend himself through the […]

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R-20A

  As we have seen in the example 3, the weakness of the rim pawn is especially expressed when the black king has not “crossed the Rubicon” on the fifth rank, in which case the rook can neutralize it through “cutting off” and preventing support for the pawn. However, the fatal can also be the […]

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R-10

  Rook shows the greatest power in the fight with the rim pawn since there the pawn can provide almost no protection for its king, so very often the mating motifs decide on the outcome. The case with the h-pawn on the second rank is very instructional. White can win only if two essential conditional […]

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