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Instructive rook endings
Compiled by beatgiant
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Whenever I see an interesting rook ending I want to analyze further, I add it to this collection.

Rubi shows how to exploit the isolani.
Rubinstein vs E Cohn, 1907 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 56 moves, 1-0

Instructive details in the R+P vs R finish.
Smyslov vs J H Donner, 1967 
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 73 moves, 0-1

Capa keeps pressure up but misses finishing touch.
Capablanca vs Fine, 1938 
(E34) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation, 42 moves, 1/2-1/2

Brilliant counter-attack saves Rubi.
Tarrasch vs Rubinstein, 1911 
(C10) French, 46 moves, 1/2-1/2

A difficult case of converting an advantage in activity.
Botvinnik vs Boleslavsky, 1941 
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 49 moves, 1-0

With draw in hand, Tarrasch plays "for the loss" and gets it.
Schlechter vs Tarrasch, 1911 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 106 moves, 1-0

Schlechter gives a great demo of how to draw it.
Schlechter vs Nimzowitsch, 1912 
(B29) Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein, 79 moves, 1/2-1/2

Schlechter gives a demo of how not to draw it.
Tarrasch vs Schlechter, 1911 
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 66 moves, 1-0

After AAA misses pawn sac for freedom, Rubi squeezes elegantly
Rubinstein vs Alekhine, 1911 
(D15) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 76 moves, 1-0

Excellent example of exploiting doubled pawn complex.
Alekhine vs Spielmann, 1927 
(C13) French, 69 moves, 1-0

Notable game! It should be in more game collections.
Alekhine vs Capablanca, 1927 
(D51) Queen's Gambit Declined, 82 moves, 1-0

Korchnoi wins on time, but was the ending a win?
Korchnoi vs Carlsen, 2004 
(D34) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 40 moves, 1-0

Dramatic reversal of fortunes in this blitz game.
Tal vs Fischer, 1970 
(B50) Sicilian, 51 moves, 0-1

Winawer transposes into winning pawn ending...or is it?
Loyd vs Winawer, 1867 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 44 moves, 0-1

Smyslov transposes into drawn pawn ending...or is it?
Hort vs Smyslov, 1987 
(A22) English, 52 moves, 1/2-1/2

Two champs duke it out with four pawns versus rook!
Euwe vs Capablanca, 1929 
(E36) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 54 moves, 1/2-1/2

Rubi tries too hard to win and loses to a masterpiece.
Rubinstein vs Duras, 1912 
(D33) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 106 moves, 0-1

The missing coffee thermos defense saves the day!
Tal vs Botvinnik, 1961 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 121 moves, 1/2-1/2

Rubi gives another great example of a better pawn structure.
Schlechter vs Rubinstein, 1912 
(C11) French, 41 moves, 0-1

Classic example of 4 vs. 3 rook ending.
Capablanca vs Yates, 1930 
(D63) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 87 moves, 1-0

Classic moments with little material.
Spielmann vs Alekhine, 1927 
(B40) Sicilian, 64 moves, 0-1

The advantage of doubled pawns (like Rubi-AAA Karlsbad 1911)!
S Nedeljkovic vs Bronstein, 1957 
(B16) Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation, 55 moves, 0-1

Classic example of the win with a king cut off.
Chigorin vs Tarrasch, 1896 
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 44 moves, 1-0

All the fun is in the kibitzing.
Kasparov vs J Ye, 2002 
(B48) Sicilian, Taimanov Variation, 66 moves, 1-0

Capa's Cryptic Comment Clarified
Schlechter vs Lasker, 1910  
(C66) Ruy Lopez, 69 moves, 1/2-1/2

Levenfish vs Botvinnik, 1937 
(D93) Grunfeld, with Bf4 & e3, 78 moves, 1-0

V Mikenas vs Alekhine, 1939 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 54 moves, 1/2-1/2

Fischer vs Benko, 1959 
(B63) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 69 moves, 1-0

H Terrie vs E Tate, 2001 
(A21) English, 32 moves, 0-1

Adams vs Hydra, 2005 
(B23) Sicilian, Closed, 50 moves, 0-1

Schlechter vs Janowski, 1907 
(C79) Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred, 77 moves, 1/2-1/2

Znosko-Borovsky vs J S Morrison, 1922  
(C49) Four Knights, 66 moves, 1/2-1/2

Capablanca vs Kupchik, 1913 
(C49) Four Knights, 68 moves, 1-0

Fahrni vs Schlechter, 1914 
(C55) Two Knights Defense, 57 moves, 1/2-1/2

Botvinnik vs Fischer, 1962 
(D98) Grunfeld, Russian, 68 moves, 1/2-1/2

C Schwede vs Metger, 1874 
(C49) Four Knights, 40 moves, 1-0

The win that wasn't there.
Ivanchuk vs Bacrot, 2005 
(C55) Two Knights Defense, 48 moves, 1/2-1/2

One-move stalemate trap snares a candidate.
Huebner vs Adorjan, 1980 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 66 moves, 1/2-1/2

The draw that was there.
Fischer vs J Sherwin, 1958 
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 90 moves, 1-0

Greedy computer throws away piece activity for a pawn.
Crafty vs Shredder, 2004 
(B52) Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack, 61 moves, 1/2-1/2

Petrosian misses subtle tempo gain in a tight race.
Petrosian vs Fischer, 1958 
(A16) English, 67 moves, 1/2-1/2

Fischer wins a perfect ending with slightly more active pieces.
Fischer vs Portisch, 1962 
(B10) Caro-Kann, 68 moves, 1-0

Petrosian misses instructive draw at the end.
Portisch vs Petrosian, 1974 
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 66 moves, 1-0

Anand's counterplay seemed not quite enough.
Emms vs Anand, 1986 
(C28) Vienna Game, 47 moves, 1-0

Dolmatov vs Yusupov, 1991 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 61 moves, 1-0

Flohr vs Euwe, 1932 
(D43) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 46 moves, 1-0

The rook ending that never happened
Capablanca vs Tarrasch, 1914 
(C49) Four Knights, 83 moves, 0-1

Fischer vs Matulovic, 1967 
(B47) Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation, 41 moves, 1-0

Fischer vs P Trifunovic, 1961 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 73 moves, 1-0

H K Mattison vs Rubinstein, 1929 
(C68) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, 38 moves, 0-1

Korchnoi vs Kasparov, 1983 
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 77 moves, 0-1

M-Chess vs L Christiansen, 1991 
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 80 moves, 1-0

Reshevsky vs Alekhine, 1938 
(E46) Nimzo-Indian, 63 moves, 1/2-1/2

E Bykova vs O Rubtsova, 1958 
(B40) Sicilian, 70 moves, 1-0

Keres vs Euwe, 1940 
(E33) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 49 moves, 1-0

J Corzo vs Capablanca, 1909 
(C25) Vienna, 30 moves, 0-1

Reshevsky vs Fischer, 1961 
(D42) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 7.Bd3, 57 moves, 0-1

Capablanca vs Corzo / Blanco / Portela, 1910 
(B01) Scandinavian, 45 moves, 1-0

Capablanca vs A Kreymborg, 1910 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 49 moves, 1-0

Karpov vs Yusupov, 1989 
(D57) Queen's Gambit Declined, Lasker Defense, 46 moves, 1/2-1/2

Tartakower vs Reti, 1928 
(C44) King's Pawn Game, 53 moves, 1-0

Szabo vs Euwe, 1939 
(C83) Ruy Lopez, Open, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Miles vs Hort, 1982 
(D01) Richter-Veresov Attack, 43 moves, 0-1

Capablanca vs Janowski, 1913 
(C48) Four Knights, 54 moves, 1-0

Schiffers vs Steinitz, 1896 
(C64) Ruy Lopez, Classical, 57 moves, 1-0

Dus Chotimirsky vs Alapin, 1908 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 78 moves, 1-0

J Corzo vs Janowski, 1913 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 74 moves, 1/2-1/2

Z Kozul vs A M Berescu, 2006 
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 45 moves, 1-0

Korchnoi vs Karpov, 1978 
(D35) Queen's Gambit Declined, 71 moves, 1-0

Fischer vs F Olafsson, 1962 
(B88) Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack, 33 moves, 1-0

Keres vs E Eliskases, 1938 
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 57 moves, 1/2-1/2

Anand vs Kamsky, 2006 
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 57 moves, 0-1

Kamsky vs Bacrot, 2006 
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 103 moves, 1-0

Topalov vs Kasimdzhanov, 2005 
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 73 moves, 1-0

Tal vs Timman, 1985 
(C05) French, Tarrasch, 44 moves, 1-0

Kamsky vs Kramnik, 2006 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 50 moves, 1/2-1/2

Burn vs Rubinstein, 1912 
(C01) French, Exchange, 64 moves, 0-1

Harrwitz vs Morphy, 1858  
(D35) Queen's Gambit Declined, 55 moves, 1-0

Capablanca vs Tartakower, 1924  
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 52 moves, 1-0

Panov vs Korchnoi, 1953 
(C12) French, McCutcheon, 48 moves, 0-1

Alekhine vs Bogoljubov, 1934 
(E24) Nimzo-Indian, Samisch, 66 moves, 1/2-1/2

Dahlen Th vs Botvinnik, 1962 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 23 moves, 1/2-1/2

Seirawan vs Portisch, 1983 
(E39) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc Variation, 53 moves, 1-0

Petrosian vs Karpov, 1976 
(E19) Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3, 63 moves, 1/2-1/2

Rubinstein vs Duras, 1908  
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 39 moves, 1-0

Judit Polgar vs Spassky, 1993 
(C95) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer, 63 moves, 0-1

Spielmann vs Capablanca, 1925 
(B13) Caro-Kann, Exchange, 98 moves, 1/2-1/2

Capablanca vs Vidmar, 1927 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 56 moves, 1/2-1/2

Reti vs Rubinstein, 1923 
(A06) Reti Opening, 50 moves, 1-0

Puc vs Tal, 1966 
(B82) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 48 moves, 1/2-1/2

Sultan Khan vs Flohr, 1932 
(B13) Caro-Kann, Exchange, 70 moves, 1-0

Najdorf vs Petrosian, 1966 
(E60) King's Indian Defense, 74 moves, 0-1

Anand vs Shirov, 2004 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 56 moves, 1-0

Botvinnik vs Tolush, 1965 
(E42) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 c5, 5.Ne2 (Rubinstein), 41 moves, 1-0

Tal vs Hecht, 1962 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 49 moves, 1-0

Szabo vs Tartakower, 1948 
(E16) Queen's Indian, 68 moves, 1-0

Tal vs Spassky, 1965 
(C95) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer, 66 moves, 0-1

Shirov vs Karpov, 1996 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 84 moves, 0-1

Karpov vs Korchnoi, 1978 
(C82) Ruy Lopez, Open, 61 moves, 0-1

Fischer vs Smyslov, 1967 
(C69) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation, 40 moves, 1/2-1/2

Stoltz vs Nimzowitsch, 1928 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 61 moves, 0-1

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