How To Win (Or Draw) With Rook Against Bishop – Chess Endgame: King + Rook vs King + Bishop

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55 Comments

  1. I just played as bishop vs Rook . And it ended with a draw 🎉🎉🎉

  2. Is there King and Queen vs King, Rook and Bishop upload?

  3. What if, using the opening position, it's Black to move?

  4. Now I just have to remember this for the next time it happens to me in maybe 5 or 6 years from now

  5. Can you do an algorithm of how to force a checkmate on a king with a bishop starting from a standard position like E4 .

  6. I got this against nelson. I blundered the rook and hence drew but I could have won I think?

  7. At 6:30 why can’t the bishop hop back and forth and avoid going to a spot that the rook can create the double threat?

  8. I've always known that KRvKB is usually a draw, but I never realized there are a few nuances in certain positions that could cause the KR side to win.

  9. idk which view but now i can win a rook vs bishop endgame

  10. Nelson, you've been killing it on this channel lately. Been loving it.

  11. Please make a video for queen and rook endgame

  12. Didn't even know black can draw this, super helpful

  13. Hey Nelson nice to meet you. I'm a long time sub of Eric Rosen and Levy Rozman and they're content just got a little stale for me the past couple months. I'm glad I found your channel because you keep me more engaged. I don't feel too relaxed like I'm with a friend, but I also dont feel the tension of your typical lecturer. I guess you could say I'm vibing ^-^

  14. Nelson sir please make a video on imbalances

  15. These videos (this and the Rook vs. Knight) are LEGENDARY. Very few videos were helpful covering this topic, but now I totally understand what to look for when headed towards these endgames! Thank you Nelson!

  16. Got my rating up about 75 points since watching your vids. Thanks!

  17. Love the endgame video, having the right technique can determine whether you win or lose if you want to trade straight into an endgame

  18. Super cool video! I am adding this to my endgame knowledge arsenal.

  19. 6:30 what about bf2? The bishop seems to keep switching between the f,g and h files to me.

  20. Suppose chess is played with the rule stalemate = win. As the "wrong corner" drawing trick in the K+R vs K+B endgame relies on stalemate, does this mean the ending would now be a win for the side with the rook?

    This question can be answered by changing the programming for a tablebase so that stalemate = win, and it turns out the ending is still drawn in the general case. There are more starting positions that win, of course – it can take up to 23 moves to checkmate, stalemate, or capture the bishop. However, in most positions the side with the bishop draws with correct play, which mainly involves keeping their king off the edge of the board and away from the corners.

  21. Yeah your content is great. I like the 3 position videos and stump the chump. Pretty fun and unique to your channel

  22. Nice content, keep going. You are helping me a lot I'm able to get through 800 rating

  23. Isn't it safer for Black to try and stay in the center with his King? (instead of walking to the side of the board, aiming at that corner of no-bishop color) ??

  24. Can you make a video on how to actually get to the square that's needed if you've got a bishop against a rook?

  25. now this is a real theme for a chess video, maybe do a serie for finale concepts

  26. I’ve played a lot of chess games in my life and have yet to experience this endgame. Now thanks to Master Nelson, I know what to do when it happens. Great video as always!

  27. Love the tips, is there a pc chess game that you can recommend to develop your skills?

  28. Hey Nelson, just discovered your channel! I feel like you give great explanations for basic to intermediate concepts. Will be subbing and coming back! Keep it up!

  29. At 6:35, can't the bishop just go to the f file? I don't see a way to force the bishop off the f,g and h files. The rook can cover 2 files, but not all 3.

  30. It's actually amazing that the guy had 3 minutes and didn't use them properly

  31. I just had this happen and I've never seen it before in playing for almost 5 years. I had the bishop and my opponent kept offering me a draw, but I said if I were him I wouldn't do that. Because I wasn't convinced he could beat me, even though I knew I couldn't win. So after trying for a while he said why don't we flip the board so I had the rook, and I said sure. After about 10 moves I forked his pieces and would have gone onto win. He kept saying mathematically he thought this should be a draw, and he would be right that it should be a draw. Yet neither of us knew that at the time or how to make it happen. Always keep playing, it just might make you better.

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