• 3 months ago


    Very practical!

  • 21 months ago

    CM Iamwell

    One question. In the winning variation after Kd6+ what if black plays ...Ke8 instead of ...Kf6?

  • 3 years ago

    NM NoRematch

  • 4 years ago



  • 4 years ago


    Thanks again Grandmaster.

  • 6 years ago


    My notes from the video:

    I like how White:

    • kicks the K to the long side with R8+
    • plays Rc8 to sheild his K from black's R
    • should have pushed his K forward to get out of check with K-d7, instead of using his R to block black's Ra6+. Blocking with the R give black the time needed to get his R back behind white's P.
      • Pushes his K forward does not give black the time needed to reposition his R behind the pawn;
      • the best black could do is to try Ra5 to cut the pawn off white's P from advancing but white has Rc5, providing a bridge for white's P to cross over black's blockade;
      • now that white's K is on the 7th rank, white can use his R to block blacks Ra7+ because black will not have enough time to scamper his R back behind the P;
      • however, black could revert to blocking off the P with Ra5 but this time the K has the time to step back to help the pawn cross over black's blockade because when white's K steps back with Kd6+, and as black's takes the time to move his K out of check white pushes his pawn to d5. Stage 1 is completed but the struggle continues:
      • Black reverts to checking the K with Ra6+ and white blocks the check with his R because black is no longer threatening Part II of the Philidor because black's K is out of position.
      • Black must move his R and the best move is Ra1, leaving white with a difficult move to find, Rb6 providing space for white's K to step aside from infront his P while under the protection of his R and white should have no problems promoting his P but still must be very careful.

    I like how Black:

    • should have played the K to the short side via Kc8.
    • could have improved his defense by using Philidor's idea of controling the 6th rank. Black chose to contol the file by placing his R behind the P, which is fine. However, you should control the file only when you can't contol the rank.
    • should have used Part II of Philidors idea of defending the file by placing the pawn behind the pawn. Black starts out with contolling the file when he should have been trying to contol the 6th rank. Black finally tries to gain control of the 6th rank but it's too late.
    • didn't have to worry about white setting up the I-formation (as I call it); the I-formation doesn't work on the d- and e- files because black's R only needs 2 files in between the R+P; so as the white K approaches black's R to stop the checks, the black K approaches white's R that protects the P. 
    • plays Ke8 in response to whites Rc7+. Moving the K to f6 would place the K out of positon for the Philidor, part II. Now with the King on e8, black can place his R behing white's P to acheive Part II of the Philidor.
  • 6 years ago



    Nice work Melikset.

    If you listen carefully you can hear the voice of a little child.

  • 6 years ago


    That is very comment able video and information..But whatever it was really amazing video..Great work..Keep at up.Acai Advanced

  • 6 years ago


    Thank you for very easy to fallow and understand explanation on a hard rook endgame!

  • 6 years ago


    Thanks. Very informative.

  • 6 years ago


    Half of it was amazing. but I couldm't hear it 

  • 6 years ago


    Great video.

  • 6 years ago


    Rook endings are always welcome Smile

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