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Endgame:2 rooks or 1 rook and 1 knight?


  • 3 years ago · Quote · #1

    dimitros

    Maybe the answer is obvious, maybe is not.

    What would you prefer in an endgame,2 rooks or a rook and a knight if there are also some pawns in the game?

    Edit:Sorry for the mistake,it's BLACK to move and i don't know why it shows me white.

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #2

    Zalmeth

    bit of an odd question. The answer should be the same for most people - 2R unless particular circumstances mean a knight is more effective.

    2 rooks are far more powerful, cover more territory, switch between attack and defence quicker and you can link them.

    In an endgame where there are no other pieces, 2 rooks are greater then the sum of their parts: linked they're worth something like 11 or 12 points, while the R and N are equal to the sum of their parts : 5+3. I hate using "points" to describe something, because it doesnt reflect positioning. Of course, in some (a far minority) of positions, a knight might be better then a single rook. But very rarely.

     

    It is of couse a somewhat different matter if the side with knight instead of second rook also has a pawn advantage or passed pawn/s

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #3

    RoffleMyWafflez

    It depends.

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #5

    JoshuaChess960

    If you are just about to mate, the 2 rooks are better to use but if you want some development especially in the middle, the 1R and 1K is still an option.

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #6

    dimitros

    In the game above:if black is a bit better than white,then who has more chances to win?

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #8

    dimitros

    pfren wrote:

    Ummm, white to move he takes the rook...


    Edit:Sorry for the mistake,it's BLACK to move and i don't know why it shows me white.

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #10

    dimitros

    would you advice white to exchange a rook or not?

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #11

    ChristianSoldier007

    when up material, exchange in most cases


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