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Thanks Coach, I actually use this method to beat a strong A player. A couple of my opponent's expert friends were claiming that I could of played better until a Master told them "no, he played right". It was exciting as people crowded around and and with little time left, allowing my opponent's pawn to pass to protect my king's back. I love the endgame, especially the Rook endgame.
Thanks for sharing your love of the game and with a sence of humor!
TurboMan777, White still wins there...
What's the hurry Danny? Is Happy Hour about to start?
Very helpful video not only to see how the umbrella method works, but also to see how these positions link up to earlier Philidor, and Rook/Longside King/Shortside techniques. Invaluable, and also satisfying. But no need to think that if the video goes over 18 minutes, Armageddon will ensue.
Stars: 4 of 5.
LOL, 4444 views!
Thanks again International Master Rensch.
On the second umbrella method from the original position (Black Kg8 Rb5 pawn f6, and White Kh4 Rd7 pawn f4 g4) what happens if : Black Rb1 White Kh1 Black Rf1 ?
It works! I... actually... know what to do in the same speed you do it!! *hugs* Danny.
Although after 1½ week of rook endings. (INTENSELY) I am eager to move on to your next video series coming back to 1-7 of this series occasionally :)
I'll definately try not to exchange my last rook now in any game unless its won. A powerfull ally it has become my master! (Insert awkward Star wars reference)
Thanks to all!
went through the pawn and and rook games over past couple of days. I wish I would done it sooner. Nicely done Dan... you were not paid enough!
Great ideas!I will watch a few times to understandthem.Thanks.
I'm learning so much from this series. These are even better than some of the mentor series on rook endings, and much better than any endgame book I've ever read. I took the liberty of making one of the umbrella positions into a tactics trainer problem :
Already people are finding this problem very difficult to solve, but I'm sure everyone who has watched this video will find it easy to solve if they come across this puzzle.
This series is so far great but why is it so long
I'm going to keep reviewing this video until I start using the umbrella of protecting in my games. It's a powerful weapon and a nice maneuver.
Great video!! thanks a lots!!
by IM Daniel Rensch
FM Daniel Rensch’s seventh in the series on Rook and Pawn endgames introduces the Umbrella Method: a simple series of moves that will open your mind to new winning strategies. Shielding your King with your opponent’s Pawn, the Umbrella Method is a very practical and useful idea to have in your endgame arsenal. "Exclams" (!) galore in some complicated endgame positions thanks to FM Daniel Rensch.
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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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