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 whiskeytown - New Year Resolution - rook endings! [32:10]
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Thu Jan 02, 2014 4:44 pm
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 Re: whiskeytown - New Year Resolution - rook endings! [32:1
to be fair, this is less about rook endgame technique than it is about moving too fast in a won ending - I wasn't in time trouble, and I wasn't hurting - I've since put the position after move 52 into a pc and won several times with it - the rook can't stop both pawns before my king gets there to help one of the pawns forward and I can eat his pawn with my rook - ah well

I opened "A practical guide to rook endgames" by Minev after I posted this - I am grumpy :(

[Event "ICC 15 15"]
[Site "Internet Chess Club"]
[Date "2014.01.02"]
[Round "?"]
[White "whiskeytown"]
[Black "SexyRachel"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "C40"]
[WhiteElo "1559"]
[BlackElo "1592"]
[PlyCount "118"]
[EventDate "2014.??.??"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Bc5 3. Nxe5 Nc6 4. Nf3 d6 5. Nc3 Nf6 6. d4 Bb6 7. Bb5 a6 8. Ba4
Bd7 9. O-O O-O 10. Bg5 h6 11. Bh4 g5 12. Bg3 Bg4 13. Re1 Nxd4 14. Nd5 Nxf3+ 15.
gxf3 Bh3 16. Nxb6 cxb6 17. Qxd6 Qxd6 18. Bxd6 Rfc8 19. Bb3 Rc6 20. Rad1 Be6 21.
Bxe6 fxe6 22. c3 a5 23. Re3 b5 24. Red3 Nh5 25. Bg3 Nf4 26. Bxf4 gxf4 27. Rd8+
Rxd8 28. Rxd8+ Kf7 29. Rd7+ Kf6 30. Rxb7 Kg5 31. Rxb5+ Kh4 32. Rxa5 Rd6 33. Kf1
Rd2 34. b4 Rc2 35. Ra3 Kh3 36. Ra5 Kh4 37. Rc5 Rxa2 38. b5 Ra1+ 39. Ke2 Ra2+
40. Kd3 Rxf2 41. b6 Rb2 42. Rc6 Kh3 43. Rxe6 Kxh2 44. Rxh6+ Kg3 45. e5 Kxf3 46.
e6 Rxb6 47. e7 Rb8 48. Re6 Re8 49. c4 Kf2 50. c5 f3 51. c6 Kf1 52. c7 f2 53.
c8=Q Rxc8 54. e8=Q Rxe8 55. Rxe8 Kg1 56. Rg8+ Kf1 57. Ke3 Ke1 58. Rf8 f1=Q 59.
Rxf1+ Kxf1 1/2-1/2

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 Re: whiskeytown - New Year Resolution - rook endings! [32:1
Maybe you were just distracted by "SexyRachel" :-)

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 Re: whiskeytown - New Year Resolution - rook endings! [32:1
Yep, toward the end Rf6 works. It is an interesting ending that you should put a little time to study as you had other lines as well.

at move 36 I think you can just push your b-pawn as you mentioned. If he plays 36...Rb2 you can shoulder this rook away with 37.Rb3 Rxa2, 38.b6 Ra8 (or throw in a check, it doesn't matter) then 39.b7 Rb8 and then you just rush your c-pawn up to join it's brother on b7.

In R&P endings it is more about the active rook rather than the pawn advantage. If your rook is better poised to help your pawns advance you will usually come out on top.

You had enough pawns that the path you took also works but it becomes a bit more difficult as his rook took up the active post on b2. Just try to remember to get the active rook and by the nature of the game your opponents rook then logically will often become the inactive rook - unless he is backing up one of his own pawns and then it's a foot race.

Good game even though you let slip 1/2 point.

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Fri Jan 03, 2014 10:49 pm
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 Re: whiskeytown - New Year Resolution - rook endings! [32:1
On move 21 you tortured yourself over exchanging bishops, as you wanted to keep your mythical bishop pair advantage. First you should have asked yourself if you had a choice, and you would have seen instantly that the bishop trade could not be avoided. Regardless, you should exchange bishops anyway, as it increases your winning chances. Whenever you possess the two bishops against knight and bishop, you must watch out for the knight catching the opposite bishop to your opponents, creating opposite bishops. It is much easier to win with bishop against knight from a practical point of view. The only time you should question the bishop trade is if all the pawns are on one side of the board.


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