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Rook and Pawn Ending

  • GM TigerGenov
  • | Oct 13, 2013
  • | 9127 views
  • | 22 comments

If you have an outside passed pawn in the ending, you want your Rook behind it, and your opponent’s Rook blocking it. This allows you to move your Rook up and down the file to gain or lose temps and the enemy can’t move his Rook else your pawn advances.  In the 34th and final game of their 1927 World Championship match, Alekhine reached such an ending with Capablanca. The Cuban played the best defense, he managed to switch his King to be the blockader, freeing up the Rook, but no matter. This left Alekhine’s King to enter the enemy pawn formation and force another weakness. After 54 moves the key position was reached. Your time invested in this ending will pay you dividends in your future encounters!



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  • 13 months ago

    Vibhav_G

    Both are wchamps

  • 13 months ago

    nileshh

    Very clever ending. Thanks TigerGenov for posting this game!

  • 14 months ago

    krism715

    Mr. Harvey, Queens Gambit Declined, Cambridge Springs Defense.

  • 14 months ago

    MrHARVEY

    Can someone tell me the name of the opening for this game ?Smile

  • 14 months ago

    AntJR

    Ek-awa if Rxa5 then after the black king recaptures, kc4 white king gets to the f/g/h pawns faster and ends up winning...

  • 14 months ago

    al25

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  • 14 months ago

    CM JamesColeman

    It's a good ending of course but it's been analysed and published so many times in so many places, it would have been nice to see something a little bit more original. What's next, Capablanca-Tartakower 1924? :-)

  • 14 months ago

    Komustika

    As black on move nine I would've played b5, with the idea Bb7,a6,c5.

  • 14 months ago

    betotala

    Clash of the Titans

  • 14 months ago

    Ek-Awa

    If 60. ...RXa5?

  • 14 months ago

    Afelecan

    Wow love dat game plz post more like queen and 2 rooks Laughing

  • 14 months ago

    Mixologist

    That's one heck of an endgame!  An epic showdown between two of the game's greatest players.

  • 14 months ago

    plutonia

    thank you, really instructive game!

     

    Please post some more example games with other features, for example outside passer with our rook stuck in front of the pawn.

     

    thanks again

  • 14 months ago

    japs66

    Excellent and instructive ending !!!

  • 14 months ago

    rl4263

    great advice

  • 14 months ago

    spikestars

    wow

  • 14 months ago

    WestofHollywood

    Arguably the most known and cited rook and pawn endgame of all time.

  • 14 months ago

    PulkitGoyal

    Both are awesome players. A great match :D

  • 14 months ago

    a1h8

    wow! Deep ideas by Alekhine.

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