Rook endings tricks

Rook endings tricks

May 20, 2015, 5:04 PM |

It can be very tricky to evaluate rook endings on a chess board.

Sometimes the position looks totally won, but then the rook ending can end in a draw or even a loss.

Here's 10 rook ending tips from a pretty strong chess player (2200+ FIDE) :

  1. Activate your rook (often on the 7th or 2nd rank)
  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. More advanced pawns are better (not always)
  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 better 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. Understand for whom the pawn endgame is favourable in the case of a rook exchange


I want to share a few rook ending games where either "drawish" or "totally lost" turned into something else.



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