Snoop Dogg taught me a Rook Endgame
"He is I, and I am him, slim with the tilted brim" - Snoop Dogg
Taken from his 1993 break out single "Who Am I (What's My Name)", who was to know that Snoop Dogg's debut was to teach me a valuable Rook endgame lesson some twenty odd years later. It came to me in a Eureka moment .. for "He is I, and I am him".
From the lyrical hip hop flows to some may say dry positions from the Encyclopaedia of Chess Endings (Rooks II), I was faced with trying to defeat Shredder in Position 107
Position 107: White to Move
My plan here was to play 1. Rb7+ Kd6 2. b6 Kc6 3. Rc7+ and Black can't play 3. ... Kxb6 because of 4. Rb7+ skewering. Thus the Black King is cut off from the c-file.
I missed Black's defence against this idea. The following is my first (failed) attempt to convert.
How Shredder defended against my skewering plan
Instructive was Black's play in bringing his Rook closer so that after the skewer, his King defends the Rook.
In order to figure out the best plan, consider this instructive example first found in 1887!!
C. Salvioli 1887 White to Move