• 4 days ago


    Thank you - there is a lot of basic stuff I don't know!
  • 6 weeks ago



  • 8 weeks ago


    At 8:10 when Danny says "come forward with the rook now that your king protects it", I think black has an immediate draw with Rxg7. When white recaptures Kxg7, his king has left the defense of his rook and black plays Kxe5. Is this correct? 

  • 8 months ago


    A "Light Bulb Moment"!!  I know the Lucena and the Philador but to use the Philador to stop the Lucena from being played - I hadn't made that connection before.....until now.  Thanks for another informative video....Cheers

  • 9 months ago


    Thanks for the video!

  • 9 months ago

    IM DanielRensch

    Thanks guys. We are working to improve this tool!

  • 9 months ago


    MatDenoncourt is correct.  The Java play key position vs computer here on incorrectly gives a draw on certain moves when it goes down to King vs King + Rook.  

  • 11 months ago


    GabrieleMiceli , your solution doesnt help, as the black king can still take the rook. Surely the simple Rf4 blocks any checks allowing the king to advance to f7 and promote the pawn

  • 11 months ago


    I've watched a lot of videos here and I think this series is the best on the entire website for tournament players.

  • 14 months ago


    King Stig is right :) First white must check with Re6+, black king moves and Then Rg5 winning!

  • 17 months ago


    At 8:09 : And how do you respond to Rxg7? (with the plan Kxg7 Kxe5) You just blundered the draw! ;)

  • 18 months ago


    Holes in my knowledge?! I've been a member for a while, My OTB rating had declined. So I started from the beginning of " study plans". There I found King and pawn knowledge, and rook and pawn knowledge. That I thought I knew?! I will master these subjects! Thanks! I believe this will help me become a expert/master. Rated 1600+, was almost 1900?!  Thanks again IM Rensch!

  • 18 months ago


     thanks IM Rensch. Helped me a lot

  • 19 months ago


    Another interesting variant (at least to me, but I share it anyway Smile) is if White has the rook on the h-file, in which case their king is protected from checks:

    The final rook capture seems to be a common pattern in this type of endgame (occurs also in video 2, but there it's the defender who loses the rook)

  • 19 months ago


    To answer my own question below about ...Rh4 with the consequence that White cannot build the bridge anymore: White doesn't need the bridge, because Black's rook is too close (at least for the moment):

  • 19 months ago


    In the Philidor Defense: would it make sense to say that, as the defender, one should give check from the side whenever possible? I've played a bit against the computer, not following this potential rule, and the situation became the following (diagram removed in edit; see new one below). So, Black doesn't have to move the pawn and can enter the third rank with the king. Is this lost for White? EDIT: I guess it doesn't lead anywhere for Black:

  • 19 months ago


    Great video! I've learned a great deal already, and I am looking forward to the other ones. Has anyone thought about the position when it's Black to move and they play 1...Rh4? In my analysis, white cannot build the bridge anymore, and the game

    turns into a queen-vs-rook endgame. Have I overlooked something?

  • 20 months ago


    Great video series, thanks!

  • 20 months ago


    Very instructive!  Thank you, IM Rensch!:) 


    Note to anybody who came straight to this video knowing NOTHING about endgames like me,  if you feel confused, I recommend watching Pawn Endgames series by IM Zierk first, and then come back to this IM Rensch's series.  I watched the whole Pawn Endgames series twice and then came back to this series and now I'm able to follow what's being taught :)  Good luck!     

  • 21 months ago


    While testing this possition against a 3rd party computer, I came across a rather interesting move for black.

    If after 1:Re2+,Kd6 2:Re4,Rg1 3:Kf7,Rf1+ 4:Kg6,Rg1+ 5:Kf6 ..,Kd5 is played, white's idea of Re7 will no longer work. In this case, white should instead play 6:Re5+, and after 6..,Kd4 white plays 7:Rg5 which is winning for white, because, after 7..,Rf1+ white has 8:Kg6

    These videos are amazing and I find myself to be extremely tempted to jump too far ahead and watch video after video. By analysing these positions over the board against a strong (computer) opponent, you tend to run in to these kind of tricky positions, which amplifies the abillity to remember and master these techniques/positions.

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