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2. Rook versus Minor Piece

Rook vesrus Minor Piece Endings are of great theoretical value. Although this is nominally big advantage, the result is often determined by existance and quality of stronger side’s pawns. First we will examine endings of rook versus knight and then rook versus bishop. 2.1. Rook against Knight Altgough a knight has “short legs”, often with king’s help it can form impenetrable barrier that can hold against much stronger rook. Two factors usually decide outcome of the game: does stronger side has pawn ( s ) and are the pawns on both sides of the board. Thus we will devide these ending in few basic groups: 2.1.1. Rook against Lonely Knight 2.1.2. Rook and Pawn against Knight 2.1.3. Rook against Knight and Pawn 2.1.4. Rook against Knight and two Pawns 2.1.5. Rook and Pawn against Knight and Pawn 2.1. 6. Rook and Pawn against Knight and Two Pawns 2.1.7. Rook and Two Pawns against Knight and Two Pawns 2.1.8. Complex Rook against Knight Endings

2.1. 1. Rook versus Lonely Knight

Defending capabilities of a knight against a much more aggressive rook will be presented in a classical example when both black pieces occupy the centre of the board. It is important to know that White cannot break his defence and drive him towards the edge of the board!


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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.