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Great video series, thanks!
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!
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.
These are so important to know
Watching the series for my second time....Great stuff!
Please be relevant, helpful & nice!
inspiresquare it is not a chess ingine it is the java play key positoin Vs computer link on this page. i have tryed it on many computer...
Mat.. it is not a draw.. any king v. king/rook played correctly is automatically winning. Get a new chess engine is all I can say.
I calculated 2. Kf8 instead of the bridge-spirited 2. Re4. It seems to me to be winning as well after 2...Rf1+ 3.Ke8 Rg1 4. Re7 and then e.g. 4...Rg2 5. Kf8 Rf2+ 6. Rf7. Perhaps black's "best" try is 1...Kd7 then?
On 1...Kd7 my plan doesn't work, since the e8 square is not available to the white king. Can anyone tell me if I've goofed up on my 2.Kf8 line?
IM Rensch I promise I'll learn 2.Re4 anyway!
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
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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