Friday, December 5, 2014

Rook endgames: The journey so far (Part 2)

If you've been following me all these while in our study of rook endgames, then congratulations: You have truly come a long way. From starting out with the simple Lucena/Philidor positions before moving all the way to the concept of active play in our most recent article, we have managed to amass a sizeable amount of basics that will aid us well in our gameplay.

Let us wrap up what we have been learning so far:

Basics

Lucena and Philidor Positions: http://nushsblackknights.blogspot.sg/2013/12/revising-basic-rook-endgames-part-1.html

File denial and Tarrasch's Rule: http://nushsblackknights.blogspot.sg/2013/12/revising-basic-rook-endgames-part-2.html

Active vs Passive rooks: http://nushsblackknights.blogspot.sg/2013/12/revising-basic-rook-endgames-part-3.html


Lucena and Philidor variants

"Lucena" with a rook pawn: http://nushsblackknights.blogspot.sg/2013/12/a-lucena-with-rook-pawn.html

Pawn on the 5th rank: http://nushsblackknights.blogspot.sg/2014/02/rook-5th-rank-pawn-vs-rook.html

Pawn on the 4th rank Part 1: http://nushsblackknights.blogspot.sg/2014/03/rook-vs-4th-rank-pawn-rook-part-1.html

Pawn on the 4th rank Part 2: http://nushsblackknights.blogspot.sg/2014/03/rook-4th-rank-pawn-vs-rook-part-2.html

Pawn on the 4th rank Part 3: http://nushsblackknights.blogspot.sg/2014/03/rook-4th-rank-pawn-vs-rook-part-3.html

The Inverse Philidor: http://nushsblackknights.blogspot.sg/2014/04/the-inverse-philidor.html


Vancura , 7th rank pawn, and related variants

The Vancura Position: http://nushsblackknights.blogspot.sg/2014/01/the-vancura-position.html

Passive rook + Pawn on 7th rank (Part 1): http://nushsblackknights.blogspot.com/2014/02/2nd-lunar-new-year-challenge.html

Passive rook + Pawn on 6th rank: http://nushsblackknights.blogspot.sg/2014/02/passive-rooks-shall-stay-passive.html

Passive rook + Pawn on 7th rank (Part 2): http://nushsblackknights.blogspot.com/2014/03/a-difference-wth-extra-pawn-part-1.html

Passive rook + Pawn on 7th rank (Part 3): http://nushsblackknights.blogspot.com/2014/04/a-difference-with-extra-pawn-part-2.html


Rook vs Lone Pawn/Connected Pawns

Rook vs Lone Pawn (Part 1): http://nushsblackknights.blogspot.com/2014/05/rook-vs-lone-pawn-part-1.html

Rook vs Lone Pawn (Part 2): http://nushsblackknights.blogspot.com/2014/05/rook-vs-lone-pawn-part-2.html

Rook vs Lone Pawn (Pawn 3, Saavedra Position): http://nushsblackknights.blogspot.com/2014/05/rook-vs-lone-pawn-part-3.html

Rook vs Lone Pawn (Part 4): http://nushsblackknights.blogspot.com/2014/06/rook-vs-lone-pawn-part-4.html

Rook vs Connected Passed Pawns (Part 1): http://nushsblackknights.blogspot.com/2014/06/rook-vs-connected-passed-pawns-part-1.html

Rook vs Connected Passed Pawns (Part 2): http://nushsblackknights.blogspot.com/2014/06/rook-vs-connected-passed-pawns-part-2.html

Rook vs Connected Passed Pawns (Part 3): http://nushsblackknights.blogspot.com/2014/06/rook-vs-connected-passed-pawns-part-3.html


Rook endgames with more than one pawn

Rook vs Rook + Connected Passed Pawns: http://nushsblackknights.blogspot.sg/2014/01/rook-vs-rook-connected-passed-pawns.html

Two vs One: http://nushsblackknights.blogspot.com/2014/09/rook-pawn-endgames-two-vs-one.html

Three vs Two (Part 1): http://nushsblackknights.blogspot.com/2014/10/rook-pawn-endgames-three-vs-two-part-1.html

Three vs Two (Part 2): http://nushsblackknights.blogspot.com/2014/10/rook-pawn-endgames-three-vs-two-part-2.html

Four vs Three: http://nushsblackknights.blogspot.com/2014/11/rook-pawn-endgames-four-vs-three.html

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Well it is amazing to see how far we've come! But of course, simply memorizing all these positions isn't enough. Chess is very much like science: You've got to be able to apply your knowledge in a variety of situations.

Know, but can you apply?

That means that I will be posting even more rook endgame positions in future articles so that y'all can learn how to apply your basics. So hold on tight, because our journey is going to get even more exciting!

Sources:
http://www.quickmeme.com/meme/3tt13d
"Silman's Complete Endgame Course" by Jeremy Silman
"Chess Endgame Training" by Bernd Rosen
"A Guide to Chess Endings" by Max Euwe

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