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R-305 (Vancura)

  Let us now examine positions with the black king imprisoned in the corner g7. Pay attention to the word imprisoned since the threat a7 with the winning backblow of the rook, the black king must not leave the safety area restricted to squares f7-f6-h6-h7. At first sight one can conclude that Black is helpless […]

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Rook Endings

Rook Endings

6. ROOK ENDINGS (ROOK AGAINST PAWN) Since rook endings cover very wide area of endings, we will divide them in three books. In two books “Rooks and Pawns” we will discuss endgames with rook against pawns and all kinds of rook and pawns endgames that bear any practical significance, whereas endings of rooks and minor […]

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R-457

  Let us examine how to lead defence and attack in a critical position with the f- and h-pawn that has been seen many times on tournaments, and was first recorded in the game Bondarevski – Keres, (the Match Moscow-Leningrad, 1939). Even though White achieved an optimum-attacking position by placing the rook on e6, the […]

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R-396

  7.2. Rook and Two Pawns versus Rook Like in knight and bishop endings, the advantage of two pawns is usually sufficient to win, but the final decision is on pawn structure and the activity of pieces. Thus, we will devide these endings in three groups: a ) Connected pawns, b ) Isolated pawns, c […]

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R-364

  As in the example with the b-pawn, White may win even when the black king is cut off only a file away from the pawn, provided that black pieces have not reached their optimum-positions Rc8 and Ke6, i.e. Ke5. The following position has been examined by J. Nunn in 1992. Black to move may […]

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