We need you to learn the Philidor endgame the right way. We need it to stick! Now that you are more advanced at this point in the course, it is time to start learning about Rook endgames – more specifically the Philidor position. This endgame will be found in any endgames book because not only is it common to come across it in your games but it also helps us understand ideas, which can be applied to many other endgames. The reason why rook endgames are so important is that if you remember, you were taught to start the game by developing your minor pieces, but rooks typically take longer to come out and consequently, they are not traded off so quickly. This allows rooks to make it to the endgame stage very often. Such endgames are pretty complex, but if you pay attention to this lesson, you will start acquiring the necessary skills to make better decisions.
00:43 Why are rook endgames so important to study?
01:24 How rooks usually help in the Philidor position
03:10 The Philidor position explained the right way
07:34 Coach Robert demonstrates how to play the Philidor endgame vs a Chess engine
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Chess in its essence teaches us psychological, sociological and even moral values. In a Chess game, both players start with the same amount of material and time. The fact that the white pieces move first is considered to be practically irrelevant —especially because a player typically plays one game as white and one game as black. Consequently, the final result of the battle solely depends on each player. It doesn’t matter if you win by taking advantage of your opponent’s mistakes or by simply avoiding mistakes yourself. Truth is that Chess is an extremely individual sport and our defeats can only be blamed on ourselves and no one else. And this, in the end, only benefits us because we learn to be and feel responsible for our actions and never come up with excuses to justify ourselves.
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With an outstanding background as a professional Chess player and over 8 years of teaching experience, Robert Ramirez brings both his passion and his expertise to the board, helping you believe & achieve!
Robert Ramirez was introduced to the fascinating world of Chess when he was 5 years old and has participated in prestigious tournaments such as the World Open Chess Tournament and the Pan American Intercollegiate Team Championships. Thanks to his performance, he has earned his National Master title from the United States Chess Federation.
Currently, NM Ramirez and his carefully selected team teach at several private schools in the counties of Miami-Dade and Broward and they also offer private lessons. He says the key to their success as Chess coaches is their ability to adapt to every student and to make lessons fun and interesting for students and even their family members.