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Hello, I practice the Lucena position against the computer. Then I want to practice the Philidor defence against the computer, but it doesn't work. The computer always go the Lucena position, if I push the button ' play against the computer'. So, how can I practice the Philidor defence on chess.com.
there are wrong things danny boy
Thank you.Had forgot the ideas from watching the video 2 years ago!Thanks
In the 2nd position why not RH5
At 8:10 when Danny says "come forward with the rook now that your king protects it", I think black has an immediate draw with Rxg7. When white recaptures Kxg7, his king has left the defense of his rook and black plays Kxe5. Is this correct?
A "Light Bulb Moment"!! I know the Lucena and the Philador but to use the Philador to stop the Lucena from being played - I hadn't made that connection before.....until now. Thanks for another informative video....Cheers
Thanks for the video!
Thanks guys. We are working to improve this tool!
MatDenoncourt is correct. The Java play key position vs computer here on chess.com incorrectly gives a draw on certain moves when it goes down to King vs King + Rook.
GabrieleMiceli , your solution doesnt help, as the black king can still take the rook. Surely the simple Rf4 blocks any checks allowing the king to advance to f7 and promote the pawn
I've watched a lot of videos here and I think this series is the best on the entire website for tournament players.
King Stig is right :) First white must check with Re6+, black king moves and Then Rg5 winning!
At 8:09 : And how do you respond to Rxg7? (with the plan Kxg7 Kxe5) You just blundered the draw! ;)
Holes in my knowledge?! I've been a member for a while, My OTB rating had declined. So I started from the beginning of " study plans". There I found King and pawn knowledge, and rook and pawn knowledge. That I thought I knew?! I will master these subjects! Thanks! I believe this will help me become a expert/master. Rated 1600+, was almost 1900?! Thanks again IM Rensch!
~Back again! seems my understanding is still lacking~
update 5/13/2026: (I got it!) My learning was too passive?!
thanks IM Rensch. Helped me a lot
by IM Daniel Rensch
The first video in FM Danny Rensch's introductory (and comprehensive) series on rook endgames. This first video presents concepts as well as the two most fundamental positions in the theory of rook endgames: the Lucena Position and the Philidor Defense.
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Related: Part 2 »
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IM Daniel Rensch
With numerous "scholastic chess accomplishments" to boast of, both as a player and a coach, Danny has been a "chess professional" since his early teens. He was ranked in the Top 10 for his age in the U.S. every year from the age of 12 - 21years old, and at one point he was the highest rated 19-year old in the country. He earned the IM title at age 23. A part owner and full time Staff Member for Chess.com LLC, Danny is our Vice President of Content and Professional Operations, managing the products and "team of contributors" you enjoy here, as well as for our scholastic extension site, ChessKid.com.
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