Kopaev Rook Endgame Studies
Nikolay Kopaev has left the chess world with instructive Rook endgame positions. I am working through Encyclopaedia of Chess Endings Volume II (Rooks) and setting up the positions to play against Shredder. I don't move on until I can either win (or draw where relevant).
The following position taught me many lessons of the resources at the defending side's disposal, and the method for the winning side.
I show examples of my games against Shredder from the starting position.
Diagram 92: N. Kopaev 1952 Black to Move (White wins)
- White aims to cut the Black King off by placing his Rook on the e-file. After this he can "build a bridge".
- Black may aim for horizontal checks from the a-file. White is to use his Rook as a shield from the c-file.
- White must be careful not let the Black King get to the 8th rank.
- If the Black King drifts from the 8th rank, one can gain time by switching the White Rook back to cut off the e-file.
Example 1 vs Shredder
Example 2 vs Shredder
Driving back the enemy King to the 4th rank.
Example 3 vs Shredder