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I've been studying these rook pawn endgames for about 3-5 years, and finally I understand them enough to follow this lesson, in full.
Eg. The point you made in regards to white's triangulation, black's king can choose to move to g6 instead of returning to g7; with Kg6 white simply plays his rook to e1.
Thanks again Grandmaster Melikset Khachiyan
yea thinks .. its difficult for even masters ..guess learned somethin ..lik controllin back rank ...kickin of the king from g7 ..then kickin rook from back rankk ..this is the first time i see ..controlling from horizontal sides ..Triangulation is a good concept ..
Good video, GM Melik! Thanks! It helped a lot.
When GM Khachiyan suggests playing Kc7 and then Ra1 immediately, it is MUCH better to play Rf4 and only next Ra4 (after blacks Ra8) as Khachiyan leads into a nearly full length queen v. rook ending in which black is able to set up a third rank defense, whereas Rf4-a4 leads into only a moderately difficult queen v. rook where white is quickly able to move his queen and king against the black king in the corner. If you're not superskilled in queen v. rook and your opponent is you will be very grateful for this variation.
Nice video ... will be going through all these rook ending videos since they occur so often ... this one is going to be with a practice board or against Droidfish because it seems like it might occur anytime
Important concepts I found in this video
1. Make sure your rook has 3 files separation from the pawn if your the defensive side (aka get your rook to the edge of the long side). This is not a problem for the defensive side unless it's a center pawn, in which case the side with the pawn has a chance to win if they control the edge of the long side, since the defenders rook doesnt get enough separation.
2. As the attacker make sure you have your king in front of the pawn.
3. Always keep an eye out for putting your rook behind the pawn. It can win, or as a defender draw in certain situations.
4. The tactic of allowing the defender to take the pawn, so that if he does you can win it via checks to his king with your rook.
5. Using triangulation to give the move to your opponent! This occurs in rook endgames, not just king and pawn.
love your insight
Fantastic explanation of how to nurse home a pawn to victory without the Lucena position! Thank you.
these positions are so tricky
nice... luv it
this one shows how to win without using the lucena or bridge position
Excellent job at making a difficult maneuver easy to learn. Melik, your the man and I look forward to the rest of this series.
rook endgames.... >.>
lol everytime someone mentions rook endgames its like "shoeshopping.." >.> from scrubs hehe
ya... slightest details make the big differences
incredible analysis GM Melikset khachiyan. Truely unbelievabe. I was blown away by the great analysis of the the critical mistakes and how to win these positions.
by GM Melikset Khachiyan
In this prequel video to GM Melik's "Typical Mistakes II" -- displaying the Lasker's Defense method, Khachiyan explains the importance of having your King on the short side, and Rook on the long side of the enemy pawn. A very good "next step" video series to IM Rensch's Rook Engames videos, Melik helps us take the important concept of keeping your "Rook on the 8th rank" home. Did you know that Triangulation was a Rook Endgame concept? You do now!
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GM Melikset Khachiyan
Melik began playing chess at the age of 8, won the Baku Junior Championship two years later and became a Soviet Candidate Master two years after that. He began coaching early in his career and has brought up three Junior World Champions (among them Levon Aronian). In 2001, he immigrated to the US, where he qualified to play in the U.S. Championship several times. He earned his Grandmaster title in 2006.
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