The Most Important Rook Endgame To Know | Chess Endgame Basics #6

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Today, I would like to show you the most important rook endgame to know in chess, the so-called Philidor position. The attacker is up a pawn and wants to push it forward, supported by king and rook. The defender needs to employ his best weapon in rook endgames, annoying the opponent with checks. In order to do that, the rook needs to be placed on the 6th rank to lure the pawn forward from the 5th to the 6th rank. Then, the rook can give checks from behind and the attacker’s king does not have a place to hide. Let me know if you have any questions about this position!

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Niclas Huschenbeth (born February 29, 1992 in Hann. Muenden) is a German Chess Grandmaster. Huschenbeth learned how to play chess at the age of five and participated in youth chess tournaments. He was awarded the title of International Master in 2008 and the Grandmaster title in 2012. At age 18, he achieved his most notable success, becoming the youngest German Champion in history. He has played 52 times for the German national team and participated in two chess olympiads. Currently, Huschenbeth studies industrial/organizational psychology at the Free University of Berlin.

16 Comments

  1. Sir, I love your videos!I will be taking inspiration from them to make videos for my youtube channel!

  2. The definition for the Philidor Position:The defending king is on the queening square of the pawn (or adjacent to it). The pawn can be on any file but has not yet reached the defender's third rank (its sixth rank).The opposing king is beyond the defender's third rank.The defender's rook is on the third rank, keeping the opposing king off that rank.

  3. Wow Danke dass du meinen Wunsch in die Tat umgesetzt hast genau so etwas habe ich mir gewünscht! Könntest du auch etwas zu Mittelspielen machen sprich Planfindung, Strategie..

  4. Hello from the Caribbean! Another fun video, as always, Niclas. I think it would be fun to watch you download and play the app Really Bad Chess. Could be a silly version of the Play Magnus app

  5. Kannst du auch noch ein Video zum missglückten Philidor machen?

  6. Thanks for these instructive videos !

  7. Hi Niclas. Why didn't you include a comment to this video? But I enjoyed it anyway.
    I always wondered how tall you are because you seme so. Ty for an answer 😀

  8. The i-file? Ask Mato Jelic. He will give you 🙂
    But wait: he'll give your opponent also a 9-rank 😉

  9. I think more of these endgame videos will be great. Thanks a lot for these instructive videos!

  10. Hi Niclas, I think that with your videos I have learned how to play through mid game and late, but I'm still lost in the opening, there are so many variations and if you don't know how to play sometimes you're already loss. So my question is, how should I study them? Is there a book you'd recommend or how did you learned them? Thank you so much beforehand.

  11. Diese Videos geben mir aufjedenfall mehr selbstvertrauen für meine nächsten Spiele, früher habe ich immer gedacht, wenn ich mit mehr Material ins Endspiel komme wird das schon irgendwie gewonnen sein. (Dann habe ich paar mal schmerzhaft erfahren, dass es oft tricky sein kann). Erhoffe mir nach deinen Videoserien einen DWZ Sprung von +100 Punkten in den kommenden 1-2 Jahren. 🙂 PS: Hast du meine 2 Nachrichten erhalten?

  12. Könntest du auch zeigen wie man Remi hält wenn man gegen einen doppelten b oder g Bauern spielt?

  13. For a second I thought this is Suren

  14. Great video Niclas. Love those tutorial videos, thank you! Keep up the good work

  15. The definition for the Philidor Position:
    The defending king is on the queening square of the pawn (or adjacent to it).
    The pawn can be on any file but has not yet reached the defender's third rank (its sixth rank).
    The opposing king is beyond the defender's third rank.
    The defender's rook is on the third rank, keeping the opposing king off that rank.

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