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. and amazon links are affiliate links.


  1. As usual, great course. Simple and clear! Thanks!

  2. One question: On 21:10 (after ..Rg1) can white play Re7? It looks to me that he can still get the queen promotion this way (Lucena`s position is still better, because in this way black would capture the queen and white would remain with K+R instead of K+Q). Just wondering.

  3. Great video. This video deserves more views. You explain basic concepts so well instead of getting lost in minutia of some special rook ending where I need to calculate 7 moves ahead.

  4. @21 minutes… What if rook cones to e2… When king comes to e7, black can not give check

  5. Nice video! My son wanted me to write that at 15:29 you could have forced the pawn to advance

  6. Great video, thanks for such a nice and easy to understand explanation.

  7. When you said that Pihilidor and Lucena position are not so important, you got me hooked. A lot of endgame material starts with those two, because then you can just explain what thousands have explained before, instead of really explaining rook endgames. 🙂

  8. really good explanations, really good choice of content and really good pace. thanks.

  9. You should also make a video as black in the same position and how to win, if you were the opponent, most of your videos are enjoyable but you always show this as white with favorable winning positions as white, most of us who watch these videos were black as shown in this video without connected pawn chains and struggle with opponents who play with connected pawn chains. All Im saying is, it would have been amazing if you went, okay now lets say you were black in this situation, how would you win etc

  10. I just have to say, this is the best endgame course I've ever seen !

  11. I wonder what your ethnicity is. Is it rude to ask? I am just wondering!

  12. Thanks a lot, sir, for this video helped me to win an interschool chess tournament. I had 2 Queen vs Room + Pawn endings (Me being with the rooks) and this study helped me win both of them. Your channel is really informative. Great fan of yours.

  13. As a beginner I just played a game where knowledge of the Lucena position was much needed.

  14. This video is so helpful! I'm new to chess, have been playing it for 4 months, and I've noticed that I am losing too many rook endgames where my initial position seems better simply because I don't have a clear strategy in mind. Looking forward to put your advices into practice!

  15. This was so helpful man. I recently had 2 rooks and 4 vs 2 rooks and 2. The starting position was white pawns on a2, b3, g3, h2, king on g1, rooks on f2 and f6. black pawns a3, b7, king on a7, and rooks on e2 and e8. I was so confused on ow to proceed but now I know that the outside passed pawns just push up the board and queen and the rooks assist in the queening journey. Very helpful to a 1300 rated player.

  16. At 20:10, white can actually win more easily by playing Re2 or Rf2, using an easier technique. To motivate the discussion better, the Black king should be placed on c7 or d7.

  17. Till today, i was able to make the game equal for me and my opponent and bring it into these rook and pawns endgame. But unfortunately, i lost in most of the games because I didn't know these although both my and opponent's points were equal. But , after seeing these i got to know so much that I hope to win in the next games

  18. Beated hikaru bot with just rooks

  19. I just want you to know that I watched this video a few days ago and today I got a tactic almost exactly the same as the one at 7:05 that I probably wouldn't have seen before and it won me the game a few moves later. Thanks 🙂

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