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Rambling Rooks
Compiled by SwitchingQuylthulg
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Witness rooks selflessly throw theirselves at the opponent's mercy again and again... until there is no choice but to take them and accept draw by stalemate.

This collection does not currently include games such as Zappa vs Rybka, 2007 where a rook goes rambling for a different reason. It also doesn't include games like A E Post vs Nimzowitsch, 1905 where a rook goes rambling but fails to ensure draw, or cases like R Griffa vs A Everet, 2001 where the Rambling Rook can easily be declined. Also left out have been rooks such as those in Ghitescu vs Matulovic, 1966 or Gufeld vs M Mukhitdinov, 1961 who do throw theirselves at the king's mercy for stalemate but don't actually <ramble> - I admit those are borderline cases. Not in are games where Rambling Rooks could have happened but didn't; or some cases like A Romero Holmes vs B Kantsler, 2002 and Shredder vs Gull, 2013 where we see multi-sacrificial combinations for stalemate - I want the rook alone to take the leading role. All of the above are also interesting, and I may at some point do another collection for them.

Janowski vs Gruenfeld, 1925 
(A47) Queen's Indian, 66 moves, 1/2-1/2

Matulovic vs Suttles, 1970 
(B06) Robatsch, 77 moves, 1/2-1/2

K Wockenfuss vs Ulf Andersson, 1977 
(B10) Caro-Kann, 88 moves, 1/2-1/2

Chandler vs B Feustel, 1981 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 66 moves, 1/2-1/2

Huebner vs Salov, 1989 
(B62) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, 60 moves, 1/2-1/2

Miles vs Rachels, 1989 
(D20) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 78 moves, 1/2-1/2

F Braga vs P Vezzosi, 1991 
(A81) Dutch, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

J Stocek vs G Pelle, 1994 
(B97) Sicilian, Najdorf, 55 moves, 1/2-1/2

Beliavsky vs H Hamdouchi, 1999 
(E94) King's Indian, Orthodox, 65 moves, 1/2-1/2

H Lieb vs V Vaisman, 2001 
(E91) King's Indian, 82 moves, 1/2-1/2

H Tahmasebi vs F Sadeghian, 2001 
(C22) Center Game, 87 moves, 1/2-1/2

S Jalanskis vs H Ploompuu, 2002 
(C93) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Smyslov Defense, 76 moves, 1/2-1/2

S Ernst vs Stellwagen, 2003 
(A67) Benoni, Taimanov Variation, 63 moves, 1/2-1/2

B Lajthajm vs M Zlatic, 2006
(B30) Sicilian, 48 moves, 1/2-1/2

Morozevich vs Jakovenko, 2006 
(E39) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc Variation, 114 moves, 1/2-1/2

K Arakhamia-Grant vs P Poobalasingam, 2007 
(B60) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, 74 moves, 1/2-1/2

I Gaponenko vs B De Jong-Muhren, 2007 
(B47) Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation, 75 moves, 1/2-1/2

Van der Wiel vs E Berg, 2007 
(C10) French, 56 moves, 1/2-1/2

C Foisor vs F Wantiez, 2007
(A04) Reti Opening, 79 moves, 1/2-1/2

Hertneck vs R Ris, 2007
(D86) Grunfeld, Exchange, 64 moves, 1/2-1/2

V Cmilyte vs Lagno, 2012 
(D82) Grunfeld, 4.Bf4, 58 moves, 1/2-1/2

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