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The correct Timing of a Rook Exchange

In the following endgame White forced a better rook endgame ( with an imprisoned rook) and waited then for the right moment to exchange the rooks. The correct timing was here important, because the direct exchange would have forced a loss. So he first had to improve the conditions for the transposition into a pawn endgame.

Part 1: White forced a rook endgame, cut off black king and brought black rook in an immobile position. He now could exchange the rooks  at any time

Part 2: The  direct rook exchange with Rc2 would have failed cause of black tempo moves with the king side pawns


Part 3: White first improved the situation on king side and exchanged then the rooks 



  • 2 years ago


    I truly appreciate the alternate moves to confirm that the game is over.

  • 2 years ago


    Thanks for the article!

  • 2 years ago


    nice one

  • 2 years ago


    I think it's also clear how important the king is as an attacking piece in the endgame is also evident here, and particularly important in the example game.

  • 3 years ago



  • 3 years ago


    fantastic stuff as always!

  • 3 years ago


    Great article!

  • 3 years ago


    Very nice.

  • 3 years ago


    Very informative - thanks.

  • 3 years ago


    Very nice article!

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