Converting advantages : rook endings - I

Dec 18, 2015, 11:10 PM |

Rook endings can occur quite often.

It is therefore recommended to learn at least a bit about it, if you have the spare time for it.

It is kind of amazing to see that very often I manage to win or draw seemingly lost rook endings, and win rook ending positions against higher rated players, although I must say that every now and then I do make mistakes and blunders as well. It is still an area for me to still study.

Here is an example in this fresh game. I want to share this with you for the ideas in it. That is : creating a passed pawn and king and rook activity are often very important in rook endings :


Here is, as a reminder, 10 generic rules to improve your rook endings :

  1.  Activate your rook.
  2.  Having an active rook is more important than defending a pawn forever.
  3. Centralize your king.
  4. The whole pawn chain is better when defended by 1 pawn
  5. Having more advanced pawns is often better.
  6. Exchange a pair of rooks when up in material.
  7. Learn by heart most basic endgames like Lucena and Philidor
  8. A rook is usually best behind a passed pawn.
  9. When you are down in material create counterplay by making a passed pawn on the side where you have equal material.
  10. Evaluate for whom the pawn endgame is favourable in the case of a rook exchange.

 See also :

My 10 tips to quickly improve your rook endgames (video)

Complete tour of Rook's endgames theory in 24 diagrams! -

Typical Rook Endgames: Winning with 4 v. 3 -

Rules of the Double Rook Endgame -

Instructive rook endings -

Studying Rook Endgames -