Endgame:2 rooks or 1 rook and 1 knight?

  • #1

    Maybe the answer is obvious, maybe is not.

    What would you prefer in an endgame,2 rooks or a rook and a knight if there are also some pawns in the game?

    Edit:Sorry for the mistake,it's BLACK to move and i don't know why it shows me white.

  • #2

    bit of an odd question. The answer should be the same for most people - 2R unless particular circumstances mean a knight is more effective.

    2 rooks are far more powerful, cover more territory, switch between attack and defence quicker and you can link them.

    In an endgame where there are no other pieces, 2 rooks are greater then the sum of their parts: linked they're worth something like 11 or 12 points, while the R and N are equal to the sum of their parts : 5+3. I hate using "points" to describe something, because it doesnt reflect positioning. Of course, in some (a far minority) of positions, a knight might be better then a single rook. But very rarely.

     

    It is of couse a somewhat different matter if the side with knight instead of second rook also has a pawn advantage or passed pawn/s

  • #3

    It depends.

  • #4

    Show the other pieces- else the question is rather pointless.

  • #5

    If you are just about to mate, the 2 rooks are better to use but if you want some development especially in the middle, the 1R and 1K is still an option.

  • #6

    In the game above:if black is a bit better than white,then who has more chances to win?

  • #7

    Ummm, white to move he takes the rook... Undecided

  • #8
    pfren wrote:

    Ummm, white to move he takes the rook...


    Edit:Sorry for the mistake,it's BLACK to move and i don't know why it shows me white.

  • #9

    I'd say black is lost: white's pawns are healthy, his knight lacks a useful outpost, the position is open...

  • #10

    would you advice white to exchange a rook or not?

  • #11

    Indeed. White is not only an exchange+pawn up, but will soon win a second pawn, no matter if Black plays ...b4 or ...Rc5.

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