When White has a passive rook and can’t create passed pawn, he sometimes can’t win even though he can throw the king in front of the opponent’s passed pawn. We see such a case in the following position, which occurred with reversed colors in the game Kornejev-Spraggett, Dos Hermanas 2001.  

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  More complex rook endgames The basic principles underlying the game strategy in elementary rook endings can serve as a benchmark for choosing the right game plan in more complex positions. The positional advantage comes from several different segments, which can be grouped into three basic groups: a) better pawn structure (tremendous power of outside […]

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