A Rook or Two Minor Pieces? Test your skills.

  • GM Gserper
  • | Oct 21, 2012

In the first three parts of this article we analyzed many positions where a Rook was fighting two minor pieces. You could see how difficult it is sometimes to correctly evaluate the situation even if the material balance is about even. Today you'll get a chance to check your skills! You'll be offered four positions to solve, all of them taken from the games played by the World Champions!  Try to play like these great players!

If you are interested to see how Tal converted his material advantage, here is the end of the game:
If you want to see the legendary Karpov's technique in action, here is how the World Champion won the game:
I hope our investigation of these unbalanced positions will help you in your games regardless if you have a Rook or a pair of minor pieces!


  • 12 months ago


    The Kaparov vs Karpov was tough for me. Great article :D. Keep giving us more articles like this.

  • 4 years ago


    I liked the last one very much with Viktor Korchnoi.   I didnt realize he had a forced mate in 2 from the position if he didnt take the knight and then you showed if he did.


    Very nice... an eye opener for me

  • 4 years ago


    Very nice games!  Thank you!

  • 4 years ago


    loved this,thank you.

  • 4 years ago


    the last game of karpov is amazing... mating a very competitive player...

  • 4 years ago


    Thank you GM Gserper - this has been a really well presented series of articles; it has made me think about just when 2 minors should be swapped for a rook, or a rook/pawn.

    And this means that you have achieved exactly what you set out to achieve. Many thanks again. 

  • 4 years ago


    what a brillant combination

  • 4 years ago


    puzzle anwser in the playback...

  • 4 years ago


    I give myself 1.75 out of 4...I got one whole puzzle first time through and parts of two more.

  • 4 years ago


    Brilliant series, thank U!

  • 4 years ago


    Of course Balachabder, that's true for a puzzle, where you already know that there is a solution and you risk nothing. In a real game, the pressure of the game, the risk of miscalculation and the fact that you have no idea of the solution existence, are just some of the factors that will not allow you to find the right moves.

  • 4 years ago


    I think, with puzzles, we need more endgame technique puzzles...like games of capablanca... when it comes to puzzle people already start to sacrifice without calculation, this wont be the case with proper endgame technique.

  • 4 years ago


    very nice...

  • 4 years ago


    Funny that when we set our mind to puzzle solving mode, we can think of all sacs easily. I did the first puzzle just now, got almost all of the moves right in puzzle, just by intuition, and no calculation. However, I don't think I would be able to do that in an actual game. 

  • 4 years ago


    Great Article 

  • 4 years ago


    Very interesting article, thank you for posting! :)

  • 4 years ago


    Fantastic article. 

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  • 4 years ago


    very very good article

  • 4 years ago


    Kasparov's game is legendary and the last tactic is too good!

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