Is rook & king v. rook & king always a draw?

AsianCalamariSQ

 

This position arose when I was playing a friend. Black wins. (I was black, but I completely missed this and played Rh1+ instead and just traded rooks into a draw.)

MickinMD

There are stupid moves one can make and lose. I think I read in one endgame book that if you are in a K+R vs K+R endgame and your opponent won't accept a draw because you are short on time, just keep making quick moves that keep your K in the center of the board without allowing your R to get skewered.  I can't speak for FIDE, but as a former USCF TD, I know most, perhaps all, USCF Tournament Directors will agree to declaring a draw if the side short on clock time requests it before the clock runs out, due to "insuffiient winning chances" - especially when they see you're keeping your king in the middle of the board.

alma_eterna

I have had games that were just a rook and king per side that ended in a win or loss but the majority of the time it ends up being a draw.

happychess101

 

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dillydream wrote:

It seems to me that there is no way for either side to get a win if each side has just a king and one rook.  Am I correct, or is there a way?

depends... in this position


s way:

FortunaMajor

Not always. 

 

eric0022

Yes, not always. Something like this can possibly occur.

 

 

NelsonMoore

But in our world with "obsessed with speed and no increments" chess, you get a dead draw where one player refuses it because they have more seconds left on their clock.

Even king and opposite coloured bishops and no pawns., just in case black lets this happen.

 

 

Gil-Gandel
aravinds_ll wrote:

Not always. 

 

If you want to insist that Black can lose if he plays idiotically, why not just have him blunder the Rook at once and be done with it?

FortunaMajor
Gil-Gandel wrote:

If you want to insist that Black can lose if he plays idiotically, why not just have him blunder the Rook at once and be done with it?

You got a faster mate?

hansensong

If both sides defends well, it would be a draw. Just try to not get skewered. 

trolley813
checkmateibeatu wrote:

Here is the full analysis of that position...

 

Actually, after 1. c7 Rd6+ 2. Kb5 Rd5+ 3. Kb4 Rd4+ White can play 4. Kc3, since 4...Rd1 5. Kc2 Rd4 etc. leads to the main line.

arceus02


No, it’s easy to fall into a pin with a rook. But if both sides play carefully, a draw is highly probable.