Basic Motifs E-book: Basic Endings E-book: Rook Endgames Must-Know Endings R vs P


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 were fulfilled: if the king has reached at least to g4 (or h4) and is capable of check sideways. White to move wins due to mating threats.


White king has to be on g4 or h4 and white rook must be able to check sideways. Then White wins against rim pawn on penultimate rank!


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GM Vlatko Kovacevic

Vlado Kovacevic is a chess grandmaster and an endgame expert. He very successfully competed on the national team. From 2000 – 2004, he acted as selector of the Croatian Men’s national team. He is also a well-known chess author.