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A Rook or Two Minor Pieces? Test your skills.

  • GM Gserper
  • | Oct 21, 2012
  • | 14355 views
  • | 30 comments

In the first three parts of this article we analyzed many positions where a Rook was fighting two minor pieces. You could see how difficult it is sometimes to correctly evaluate the situation even if the material balance is about even. Today you'll get a chance to check your skills! You'll be offered four positions to solve, all of them taken from the games played by the World Champions!  Try to play like these great players!

If you are interested to see how Tal converted his material advantage, here is the end of the game:
If you want to see the legendary Karpov's technique in action, here is how the World Champion won the game:
I hope our investigation of these unbalanced positions will help you in your games regardless if you have a Rook or a pair of minor pieces!

Comments


  • 2 years ago

    BlackArt

    I liked the last one very much with Viktor Korchnoi.   I didnt realize he had a forced mate in 2 from the position if he didnt take the knight and then you showed if he did.

     

    Very nice... an eye opener for me

  • 2 years ago

    yottaflops

    Very nice games!  Thank you!

  • 2 years ago

    ncmike2011

    loved this,thank you.

  • 2 years ago

    nickbounty

    the last game of karpov is amazing... mating a very competitive player...

  • 2 years ago

    dannylyons

    Thank you GM Gserper - this has been a really well presented series of articles; it has made me think about just when 2 minors should be swapped for a rook, or a rook/pawn.

    And this means that you have achieved exactly what you set out to achieve. Many thanks again. 

  • 2 years ago

    ferdinandplebie

    what a brillant combination

  • 2 years ago

    jonathansfirstacount

    puzzle anwser in the playback...

  • 2 years ago

    Robbie960

    I give myself 1.75 out of 4...I got one whole puzzle first time through and parts of two more.

  • 2 years ago

    davidmelbourne

    Brilliant series, thank U!

  • 2 years ago

    huga1

    Of course Balachabder, that's true for a puzzle, where you already know that there is a solution and you risk nothing. In a real game, the pressure of the game, the risk of miscalculation and the fact that you have no idea of the solution existence, are just some of the factors that will not allow you to find the right moves.

  • 2 years ago

    mahernoz

    I think, with puzzles, we need more endgame technique puzzles...like games of capablanca... when it comes to puzzle people already start to sacrifice without calculation, this wont be the case with proper endgame technique.

  • 2 years ago

    arunbabuktkm

    very nice...

  • 2 years ago

    Balachandar

    Funny that when we set our mind to puzzle solving mode, we can think of all sacs easily. I did the first puzzle just now, got almost all of the moves right in puzzle, just by intuition, and no calculation. However, I don't think I would be able to do that in an actual game. 

  • 2 years ago

    SharmaPawan

    Great Article 

  • 2 years ago

    Ricardoruben

    Very interesting article, thank you for posting! :)

  • 2 years ago

    Ironknight777

    Fantastic article. 

  • 2 years ago

    impoztar

    thanks!

  • 2 years ago

    25245306

    very very good article

  • 2 years ago

    Chess_Lover11

    Kasparov's game is legendary and the last tactic is too good!

  • 2 years ago

    Vyomo

    The irony about the last game was that Korchnoi was winning hands down until time trouble...

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