Studying Rook Endgame
Studying Rook Endgame

Studying Rook Endgame

CM aln276
Mar 19, 2018, 8:40 PM |

Rook endings are fairly common in chess games. They have a reputation of drawish, when having an extra pawn (or even more) doesn't necessarily guarantee a win. Rooks are very mobile "long range" units, and rook endings are quite complex due to a large number of options and subtleties. As a result there are many "typical" rook endgame positions that one might need to remember. No wonder that even grandmasters often err in such positions. 
The point is that one shouldn't assume that going for rook endgame automatically leads to a draw. Sometimes it is possible to draw only in one certain study-like way as all deviations lead to defeat.

I would like to provide some examples of my own play and subsequent study of the endings.

Another example shows the subtleties of seemingly easy ending.


As we saw the rook endgame is saturated with tactical and strategical motives. That makes even simple positions quite rich in attacking and defending resources. Studying endings that base on your own games definitely helps us understand the ideas in a more profound way and apply them in practical games further on.

One more example is to show how easily a game can go down the drain if you don't understand the endgame principles.