Rook Endgames Crash Course – Rook & Pawn Endings – Fundamentals of Rook Endgames – Tips and Tricks

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This video will cover some of the basic and fundamental aspects of rook endgames. Rook endings in chess are the most common type of endgame in chess, with about half of all chess endgames falling into the category of rook endgames. Learning the Philidor and Lucena positions will help you draw games when defending against a pawn, and win games when you have an extra pawn. Additionally we will talk about counting tempi, cutting off the king, attacking pawn weaknesses, and more. Beginner and intermediate players will benefit most from this rook endings crash course.

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48 Comments

  1. Thanks for your neat content. I am a big fan of your videos

  2. Best rook endgame video for beginners by far! Surprised I haven't found your channel until now 😀

  3. Great video. One question is in the example where the Black King is cut off from the pawn. If the Black King continues to wait on the sixth rank, what happens when the White King finally steps across on to the f file potentially blocking the Rook. Then b2 cannot be met by Rf1 and Rb1. Does White have another winning method in that case?

  4. At 21:9 white could also win by playing Rook e2… Am I right please reply sir

  5. John Malcovitch says all he does is check, check, check!

  6. What to do if at 8:40 black more Rg2? I do not see, how we can manage to not loose a piece. But maybe Kb5 then?

  7. Love your videos! God bless the algorithm, otherwise I’d have never known about you

  8. I was in a Lucena Position twice at a winning position, and the game both ends in a draw.

  9. Chess Vibes and Gotham Chess are the best teachers / chess channels

  10. How about black rook not check,but he move 1 step to white,still attack white pawn,sorry my English is bad

  11. My man knows the Italian plural of tempo, respect!!

  12. At 20:58, in this position there are other moves that can win for white, Rf2 wins, and Re2 wins. I checked by playing against stockfish

  13. Thanks for this video just what I was looking for

  14. im 1600 and just played a guy that was 1800. it was equal pawns and one rook on each side. the opponent has a passed pawn one side though. anyways long story short a had a minute on the clock and didnt know the exact way to draw it so here i am here cause was a painful ass loss

  15. Thanks for another great video. I just wondered:
    At 16:01 if black dont play b2 but leaves the pawn on b3 and king on b5 and c5. how do white actually win?
    But actually i found out my self. I dont think it matter so much where white king is as long as the pawn has moved to b3. Because as long as the pawn is 2 squares in front of black king. If white play Rf3 it attack the pawn from side… and black cannot defend it with king anymore. So pawn is forced to move forward.. where white again will be able to win pawn for free with Rf1, Rb1 and Rxb2.. black king is just not in time to protect the pawn… so instead of Moving king around… as soon as pawn is 2 squares from the black king.. rook can attack from side to force it forward to second rank.. then go and take it..

    If black leave the pawn on b4… white king will be able to go down on 1 or second rank and can cross f file in front of rook without loosing right?
    And it works only if black king is cut of on 6, 7, or 8 rank right?

  16. Could you make a video on Queen endgames? I feel it's rather hard. (say with +1 or 2 not very advanced pawns for one, (0 for the other)) Last time I had a position with 2 queens and my 2 pawns remaining it's winning but from my view rather hard to not draw vs the AI, I looked it up later and found the DTZ saying 40 (table base until first capture on most optimal move). What principles are there that help better position Queen and King, to prevent perpetual checks and make a progress to promoting your pawn?
    If your interested here is a pos, edited the correct position:
    edit: 8/7k/8/5q1P/1P6/8/3Q3K/8 w – – 0 1
    <– Pretty interesting difficult position
    It was a more interesting position, where some king moves were good and some were drawing without immediate apparent reason. So I really wondered how to see it.

  17. Pov: you are watching this to prepare for quiz #26

  18. 20:48 again, because the Black King is so far away white can win simply by Re1 followed by Ke7, no bridge required. However if Black's King was not cut off and was at d7, for example, then a proper Lucena bridge would have to be built

  19. This was some excellent instruction, especially walking us through the first rook endgame. Thanks for making the video!

  20. In the shown Lucena, isn't RF2 also winning? Because no matter what your opponent does, you can bail your king to the side, then behind your pawn and in front of the rook, and then there are no more safe checks, and you get a queen.

  21. It has been my experience that King and Pawn endings are the most common.

  22. In your example at 15 minutes about the rook separating the king and the pawn, it seems like that would only work before the king is on the 5th rank. It takes 3 moves for the rook to take the pawn on the 2nd rank no matter what rank the rook is on while it's blocking the king because it has to go down to the first rank, over to the file the pawn in on, and up to the second rank. If the black king is on the 5th rank, it only takes to moves to defend the pawn on the second rank.

    In the Lucena position, it seems like it would be simpler to just move the rook to e2 so black's rook couldn't check on the e file. Black could go Kc7 or Kc8, but it doesn't matter because white could still move Ke7 or Ke8 and there's no way to stop him from queening. It would be different if the black king was on c7 instead of b7 and the white rook was on d2 instead of c2 because if white moved Re2 then black could play Kd7 and white wouldn't be able to play Ke7 or Ke8.

  23. 15:20 doesn't Rf3 after pawn to b3 win on the spot? King can't defend it and the pawn will get eaten by Rb3 if the pawn goes to b2.

  24. I follow your things in every chess game

  25. "Where's the confounded bridge?" Bonus points await.

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