Chess Lesson # 130 | Rook Endgame

Rook endgames are as common as they are complicated. In this lesson, we learn how to win when we have an extra outside passed pawn. It might seem simple at first, but you will see how this ordinary endgame requires impeccable technique!

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  1. Hello guys! Be honest and tell me if you knew how to win this before watching the video 🙌 Maybe 60% … 90% 🤔😎 Thanks a lot for hitting that like button 👍

  2. Ro be quite honest at first I thought like bringing the rook for white sice Black King is far from action, and then you mentioned it's an engine recommended move,wow I'm a GM🤣🤣

  3. Also Robert where can we practice these endgames against engines?

  4. Rook + pawn endings are so easy….. until they're not. Being proficient in tactics gives a player a big advantage in these type of endings.

  5. I wish I understood how to learn these endings. Everytime I played against the computer as white the best I could do was draw LOL. As black I would lose ☹️

  6. Man, you are the best chess teacher i've ever watched!!👍

  7. Not exactly, But sort of knowing isn't the same as knowing for sure. Robert something I often have trouble with is remembering when and where to make pawn breaks. I find I'm often breaking before Im ready or not breaking when I had my chance or breaking with the wrong pawn. I feel this part of the game is holding me back.

  8. What’s the strategy after after 1) Kd3 Kd5, 2) Kc3 Kc5, 3) Ra2 Rf6?? The black rook can now keep the white king out of the king side. Black can place the king in front of the rook pawn and tie down the white rook. The current threat is Rf3+ and Rxf2+.

  9. And the BEST Teacher award goes to…Sir Robert Remirez

  10. 1900 USCF here and found this lesson useful. Didn't know how to win this endgame, though I might probably figure it out over the board (after burning time on the clock)

  11. My second time watching this video, great info
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  12. Really cool endgame lesson. I hadn't seen this position before. Thanks!

  13. Didn't know this ending AND didn't see it until you showed it. Great content. You are amazing. Thank you!!

  14. This progression from Stockfish is tricky and I haven't found a way around it:

  15. Thanks for the video Robert, I am just asking would white still win if the black rook defended the pawn by going to e7?

  16. Tried this important endgame on Lichess training and it's not that clear how to win. The computer also tells you that you failed even if you played it correct an value is +3,5. 😎

  17. Me "how do I get better at these concepts?"
    Coach Rob "It's just a matter of being a genius…"

  18. Once in a tournament have sacrificed my queen for two rooks, got into an endgame with 3 extra pawns, and the rooks. Later I promoted a pawn with a second one on the way The opponent have drawn a Lost position. But I'm not Stockfisch, I didn't know that I should've run my king into the center of the board and block one of the checks with my own promoted queen delivering the check to the enemy king forcing an exchange. I understood that the opponent was trying to flag me (I had less than a minute, he had 2in a 5 minute blitz), so I offered a draw, he refused and I have forced a draw by repetition.

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