Rook Ending Lessons: Minev 1985

Rook Ending Lessons: Minev 1985

Sep 4, 2015, 7:25 AM |

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