Rook Ending Lessons: Minev 1985

Rook Ending Lessons: Minev 1985

blohmoremoney
blohmoremoney
Sep 4, 2015, 7:25 AM |
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Simple Rook Endings never cease to amaze. A position which appeared so mysterious suddenly in 2 or 3 moves becomes so clear. I think with Rook endings, given how many possible moves there are at each branch, if you don't have a clear plan of what you're trying to achieve you can't "fall" into the exact line.

 

I encountered this position from from Chess Informant's Encyclopadia of Endings Rooks Diagram 58 Minev 1985.

 


Minev 1985: White to move

 








 


My Original attempt

 

 

The defence I missed

 

 

The ideal position

 








This is the setup that White strives for. His Rook is in front of his King to guard against checks, and can himself prepare to give a check along the d-file to drive the Black King back.


How to get to the ideal setup