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Thanks everyone. Flattered
18:40 Ha ha, "You're a dummy if you move here...".
Thanks for teaching me the Lucena and Philidor Endgame positions. I have been playing chess for many years and I never knew about them. Now I feel so enlightened. Chess is not so willy nilly. It is more precise ... like the Laws of Algebra! Be Well!
To learn the Lucena and the Philidor this way is a genuine treat. IM Rensch does an excellent job introducing the positions, and showing how they are to be treated. There is enough complexity in these videos, as well, that watching them even 3+ times is rewarding to get some of the nuances, and to get all that this is worth.
OK, so Bubatz is right about waiting move ay 8.10.
But, what do yo do in case of such waiting move?
Thanks again International Master Rensch.
another essential video - thanks very much, I really appreciate them!!
Thanks for the chess lesson
you have amazing progress to back your teaching methods
My plan is to enjoy and study all your videos intensively and puzzle around with them myself and see where I end in a year or so. :) Thank you for your dedication to chess.com. Already this first video presents a few traps if you play it around a bit against a strong chess program. Also good to know the traps if you want to try and catch a ½ point in a theoretically lost game for your team (Here in denmark we play in teams 8vs8 or 4vs4 and add scores together. So every ½ point counts)
8:10 is a the cookie mistake you put =) After Rxg7 king is overheated. Instead white should play checks at Re6 getting safe access to the winning move Rg5. Very promising that this can save ½ points since a player with 2448 rating (Danny may 2009) can fall into "traps" in an educational video of his own. Then who cant do it in timepressure in amateur games if they dont have the lucena on the backbone?
If anyone wants to join me as study buddy or just online friend to exchange experiences with on this journey to honor Daniels comprehensive work, feel free to mail me at chess.com :) cheers guys and girls
i learned alot
good stuff, but u made a mistake at 8:10 which leads to a draw position
I just wanted to say IM Rensch that I learn alot from you and feel like I get my monies worth from your videos
I'm sure you will be a GM soon. Best of luck. I'm sure you will not need it.
I love your teaching style; it's entertaining but at the same time highly efficient. I already had books about the Lucena and Philidor positions, and when I studied them, I think they became comfortably familiar after a few hours. After merely watching your 20-minute video, I feel like I've mastered them both. Now I see that you have 4 years worth of videos, so ... sleep has now become my most formidable adversary.
I just realized the Re5 mistake, is great to take a look at the comments, I would play Rf4-Rf5 and so on.
Hey Danny I'm going to watch all your vids so I'm starting from last page. I might comment each vid so I can keep track of where I'm at. This was good first vid I didn't know this material at all.
Oh, no worries! Thanks for sharing... Sorry it didn't work out ;-(
@ACEChess: That was the point. I was in time pressure and so flummoxed by the move that I couldn't find any way to win, sadly. I think I tried to force a "picture-perfect" Lucena position, in order to try to practice it, that I didn't just think about common-sense ways to win.
I had no question; I was merely telling an anecdote. Sorry for any confusion!
@whirlwind2011 -- I'm not exactly sure what you're *asking* , but that position is winning in multiple ways:
White can simply move the rook to the c-file, shielding the king from checks, and then play Kc7 and promote the pawn...
White can also just check the black king away further (to the f-file) and proceed to win in multiple fashions as well...
by IM Daniel Rensch
The first video in FM Danny Rensch's introductory (and comprehensive) series on rook endgames. This first video presents concepts as well as the two most fundamental positions in the theory of rook endgames: the Lucena Position and the Philidor Defense.
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IM Daniel Rensch
With numerous "scholastic chess accomplishments" to boast of, both as a player and a coach, Danny has been a "chess professional" since his early teens. He was ranked in the Top 10 for his age in the U.S. every year from the age of 12 - 21years old, and at one point he was the highest rated 19-year old in the country. He earned the IM title at age 23. A part owner and full time Staff Member for Chess.com LLC, Danny is our Vice President of Content and Professional Operations, managing the products and "team of contributors" you enjoy here, as well as for our scholastic extension site, ChessKid.com.
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