A Lavish Rook Ending

benws
benws
Jun 19, 2010, 12:00 AM |
2 | Endgames

Here's another endgame masterpiece played by Capablanca. Once again, like my last article featuring one of his games, his opponent is Yates. In this game, Capablanca is able to win a pawn in the middlegame and then simplify into a rook endgame where all of the pawns are on one side of the board.

Although the ending is a theoretical draw, Capablanca is able to split up Yates' pawns after he makes an inaccuracy. After that, his rook occupies a dominant position and his king slowly marches up the board sheltered by his pawns. Soon, Yates is in zugzwang and must resign.

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