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How Should This Rook and Pawn Endgame Be Understood?

[Title "Why is Ra1 the only move?"] [fen "2k5/p5r1/R7/8/7K/8/8/8 w - - 0 1"] According to the tablebase at lichess.org, the only drawing move in the above position is 1.Ra1. After ...
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How play this rook end game

In the video Can 3 Women Beat A Grandmaster? https://youtu.be/umCJkXuow9I?si=a-aHT-SrbNdcgJU_&t=1071 White: Dina Belenkaya Black: Danya Naroditsky Engine show white are winning, but the thing ...
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What's the easiest way to hold this 4 vs 3 pawns on same side rook endgame?

After having been under tremendous pressure due to a mistake in the middle game and with only 30s on the clock, I was very relieved to find a way to liquidate into this endgame, which I knew was a ...
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Rook endgame book that goes through the strategy of such positions

Consider this position: [FEN "8/R4p2/P4kp1/7p/7P/4K1P1/r4P2/8 w - - 0 1"] 1. Kd4 Rxf2 2. Rc7 Ra2 3. a7 Kf5 4. Kc4 Kg4 ( 4... Ra1 5. Kb5 Rb1+ 6. Kc6 Ra1 7. Kb7 f6 8. a8=Q Rxa8 9. Kxa8 Kg4 ...
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How can I draw this KPPP-KR endgame?

See Three (3) Pawns and a King vs King and Rook. I consider it one of the most amazing chess endgame puzzles. [Title "White to play and draw"] [fen "8/2k5/2r5/8/4PPP1/5K2/8/8 w - - 0 1&...
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Only Rook endgame!

Is it possible to win (black or white) in this position? [fen "2k5/5R2/8/4K3/r7/8/8/8 w - - 0 1"]
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Stockfish misses mate in 11 with 10 pieces [duplicate]

I fed @HaukeReddmann's "hack" to this scenario [FEN "8/p7/rp6/rp6/pP6/R7/8/K6k w - - 0 1"] to Lichess Stockfish 14, white to move. Up to Depth 77 (after which I gave up waiting), ...
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White to play and win - only moving the rook once

[Title "White to play and win - only moving the rook once"] [fen "k7/8/8/8/8/8/8/K1R5 w - - 0 1"] This is an exercise in using the opposition and outflanking from John Hawkins' ...
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How the "Quickplay finish" article works on a rook vs rook or rook vs minor piece endgame?

Suppose 2 players are playing in a 10-10 or blitz format with no increment. In the endgame the players are left with only rook vs a piece (rook / bishop / knight nearer to king) or similar drawing-...
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King and short rook checkmate

Suppose White has a king and a range-x rook and black has a bare king on a chessboard with dimensions y times y. What is the minimum value of x such that for all sufficiently large y, White, moving ...
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Can a rook and King checkmate a bare King without zugzwang?

Can a rook and a king force a checkmate against a bare king that starts in the center if the opponent was allowed to pass?
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Fastest algorithm to give mate with K+R vs K on infinite large board as function of starting position

Consider a board with only two edges that are perpendicular. Something like: .------------------------------------------------------ | ^ | ...
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How to find only-winning moves in the endgame?

Black to move here. I played 1... Rf5. Intending to cut off the king. But the only winning move in this position is e5. My question is, how do you find such a move? Is it pure calculation, or is it ...
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Technique to draw this rook endgame

I'm familiar with the technique of drawing this endgame with White: [fen "8/R4pk1/6p1/7p/7P/6P1/p4PK1/r7 w - - 0 1"] However, I faced an endgame yesterday that's objectively a draw, but ...
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What's the idea of 'all rook endgames are drawn' ? i think opposite coloured bishop endgames and even queen endgames are more drawish

Quote: 'all rook endgames are drawn', 'All rook endings are drawn' or 'All rook and pawn endings are drawn.' For queen endgames, Karsten Müller even gives a way of visualising this (not quite Karsten ...
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Ulf Andersson vs Robert Huebner 1981 rook endgame: the mistake here is Rd8 right?

Click here for engine re position below 8/3r4/1kp2p1p/ppRp2pP/3PP1P1/3K1P2/PP6/8 w - - 0 1 From hanging pawns in The Principle of Two Weaknesses in the Endgame at 9:02 (the game is discussed from 0:...
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akiba rubinstein vs alexander alekhine 1911 rook endgame: the mistake here is Rxb5 right?

Current 4 follow-up questions for the answer (currently just 1 answer): A - engine says Kf5 is a blunder. Did you mean Kf6? B - engine says Kf5 Re7 is a blunder. Did you mean Kf5 Rd7? Kf5 Re7 blunders ...
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Karkops,M vs Dautov R. Is this a win really?

Karsten Müller analyses this position as win for black. 8/R4p2/6p1/4k2p/p6P/r5P1/5PK1/8 b - - 0 44 He thinks 44.. Kd5! is the only move to win. I tried to follow his suggestions whilst playing ...
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A deceptively simple eight piece endgame

I am in the dark about the following endgame, with white to move. May someone with FinalGen (or a powerful engine) give me a response? Is it a White win or a draw? [FEN "8/1k6/5R2/P7/1KP4p/5P2/8/...
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A riddle just for curiosity

The position is a variation of a computer game. [FEN "8/3k1R2/2p1p3/2PpP3/3P1P2/6r1/4K3/8 b - - 0 1"] Can this position be won by white ABSENT the fifty move rule? I know this is mostly ...
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How does b4 fix pawns in this rook endgame?

Here, it is said that after 1.Re7 Rb8 2.Kd3 a6, white plays b4 to fix the enemy pawns. But I don't understand: how does it fix pawns? How is b3 any different? What does it mean to fix enemy pawns?
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A difficult rook ending

I need help. In the below endgame, Stockfish and Fat Fritz are optimistic on Whit's winning chances , but Mueller disagrees. What happens with perfect play? [FEN "R7/6p1/P3p1k1/7p/8/5PPP/r7/4K3 b ...
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Endgame - 2 Rooks vs 2 Bishops [duplicate]

How does one checkmate with two rooks when playing against an opponent with two bishops? I am having difficulties with the bishops shutting down my rooks.
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GMs resigning in theoretically lost endgames

In classical play, do GMs tend to resign in endgames like king+queen vs king+rook where the game can be won by the side with more material in under 50 moves, but only with good play? (I understand ...
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Is it possible to win this endgame?

[FEN "7r/1pk2p2/2p5/p5pp/3R2P1/1P3P1P/P5K1/8 w - - 0 1"] Is it possible to win this endgame with either White or Black ?I know the Lucena and Philidor positions which are the first things ...
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Is this endgame drawn after the rook sacrifice?

2R5/8/8/8/4Pp1P/3k1K2/2p2P2/1r6 w - - 0 46 In this position, the engine recommends 1. Rxc2 and evaluates the position as drawn. Is there a general rule in such positions or precise calculation is ...
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How to win a rook endgame with two extra pawns-4 vs 2 general plan

In this diagram it's White to move. Black should be winning in this endgame. I want a simple plan on how to move the Black pawns in a way that I will avoid the horizontal and vertical checks from the ...
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Why is the f7-g6-h5 pawn complex so important for black in rook endgames?

I was watching the chess24.com video on endgames with Mark Dvoretsky, and the video “Plus-equal mode | Part 1” covered the game Tony Miles-Simon Webb, Birmingham 1975, and we quickly get to the double-...
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Understanding Carlsen's resignation in the rook and pawn endgame vs MVL

Why did Carlsen resign in the position shown below? (blitz game played in the London Chess Classic GCT Finals) Can't white help the pawn queen after Ke3 and Kd3 then Kd4? I must be missing something. ...
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Rook and Pawn Endgames

I want to learn more about rook and pawn endgames because they are very common. But it’s such a broad subject - where should I even begin? For example, I do know of the Philidor and Lucena positions, ...
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Could Ding win this endgame vs Carlsen?

Could Ding win this endgame vs. Carlsen (at this point in the diagram), in the game played yesterday at Lindores Abbey? Without using engines, it seems logical to me to play 41.Re3 or 41.Rd3 (instead ...
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Not in stalemate, but why is this a draw?

I was practicing with stockfish level 8, having two rooks in the endgame whereas stockfish has only one. At the 78th move, it was declared as a draw. But, it was not a stalemate. Can anyone please ...
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How does black ensure a draw in this R+3P vs. r+2p endgame with all pawns on the same side?

From a recent world-championship game Fabiano Caruana vs Magnus Carlsen (2018), the players agreed to a draw here: [Title "Black to move"] [FEN "8/1r3kp1/7p/7P/4R1P1/6K1/5P2/8 b - - 2 54"] However, ...
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Endgame technique: How to win with rook + g and h pawn vs rook?

The tablebase suggests it's a win for White, but I struggle to beat my phone. Black's rook seems to always be able to harass the white king to stop white make any progress. What's the technique to ...
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Does this rook endgame have a name or known original analyst?

The position is analyzed in many endgame works, but to my knowledge hasn't been given a name as other similar endgames (e.g. "Vancura's position") have. Two of the most authoritative works, Nunn (...
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Where to find specific endgame practice exercises/puzzles/practice bots?

I'm looking for a set of exercises (contained in a book, website, or chess engine) where I can practice what I know in regards to rook and pawn vs. rook endgames. I could find a friend to randomly ...
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Should white go for piece-a-piece or two rook endgame?

As black has the upper hand, should white try to go piece-a-piece (Rooks for Rooks) or try and get the two rook endgame. 1r3rk1/p1p2p1p/3p2p1/Rp2p3/3bP1P1/1P1P4/2P3P1/5R1K w - - 0 1
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Could White have won this double rook endgame?

I reached this position as white that led to a draw: [FEN ""] [White "Bad_Bishop"] [Black ""] [StartPly "61"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 dxc4 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. e3 Bg4 5. Bxc4 e6 6. h3 Bh5 7. Nc3 ...
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Can white really not win this rook endgame?

When playing against a player rated ~2500 Stockfish 8 managed merely to draw when playing white. This was the endgame before the draw (the draw occurred because it was king vs. king in the end). ...
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Is a rook ending where the winning side has a passed g and d pawns drawn? [closed]

The passed pawns are g and d pawns. Can the losing side draw such a rook endgame? Can you give some examples to how or why it can't be drawn?
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Drawn R+2P vs R endgame

I remember a recent(1-2 years) drawn (super)grandmaster game in which white had 2 connected pawns and a rook, while black had a rook. I later learned that it was a theoretical draw, which quite ...
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Fischer vs. Geller, Curacao Candidates 1962

I recently came across a very interesting rook and pawn endgame from one of the games between Fischer and Geller from the Curacao Candidates Tournament in 1962. More precisely, I am talking about the ...
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KRPP vs KRP - maximum depth to conversion?

I am trying to learn single rook endgames with two pawns against one, with added stipulation that the two pawns of the attacking side are on neighboring files with the pawn of the defending side also ...
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How defend against rooks in 7th rank?

I find it hard to defend against rooks placed in 7th rank. What are the possible defense options? Please share your knowledge. [FEN "r4rk1/p1pRR1pp/1p6/8/8/P6P/1P3PP1/6K1 w - - 0 1"] 1.Rxg7+ Kh8 2....
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Rook ending with single distant passed pawn

6k1/1R5p/6p1/p7/8/7P/r5P1/6K1 w - a6 0 33 Is it possible for White to hold a draw in this position? If so, what is the strategy? Typically I lose these ones and draw when it's me with the extra pawn....
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Why is this king and two passed pawns vs. king and rook endgame not drawable?

I aways thought that the king and passed pawn vs. king and rook endgame was always drawn. But I had two passed pawns in the below game,with Black to move, I was unable to draw the game. Why is that? ...
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How do you know whether to trade one of the rook pairs in an endgame?

I've been reading Endgame Strategy. I've seen, in a lot of the games, trading one of the rook pairs can help. There is a chapter in the book called the 'Problem with Exchanging.' I don't know how to ...
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How to Win King vs Pawn in this Situation

I read from this website (example 2) that you can win the game in the following situation: [Title "Black to move - Black's POV"] [fen "8/8/8/5PK1/1r1k4/8/8/8 b - - 0 59"] I play as black. I want to ...
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Is there a path to victory?

I played a game against my mobile AI, me playing white. At this point in the game I had to get off my train, and when I picked it up again I was a bit quick on the trigger, moving my e-pawn, which ...
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Could white have won this game?

[Event "Fritz, 19Ply / 19Ply"] [Site "?"] [Date "2015.04.15"] [Round "1"] [White "Stockfish 6"] [Black "Houdini 1.5a w32"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "B42"] [PlyCount "292"] [FEN ""] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 ...
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