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26b_Rook vs Pawns
Compiled by whiteshark
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I only now realise that I haven't paid much attention to this kind of endgames. A vital error if you want to understand ♖endgames.

Well, it's never 2-L8-2 learn.

Bologan Ragger, Greece 05.07.2011


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White to move

White wins by delaying the advance of the h-pawn, forcing Black to lose enough time for the rook to make it to the 8th rank and decide the game from behind. <69.Rd3!!> The game ended with 69.Rf2+? Kg3 70.Ke3 h3 71.Rxf7 Kg2! 71...h2?? 72.Rg7+ Kh3 73.Kf2! was seen in the recent World Cup in the game Bacrot-Robson (1.5), with the exception that the rook was on h6 instead of f7 to start with. 72.Rg7+ Kf1 73.Rh7 Kg2 74.Ke2 h2 75.Rg7+ Kh1 76.Kf2 [and Black was stalemated. <69...f5> (69...Kg4 70.Ke3! Kg3 71.Rd8 also wins easily.) <70.Ra3 Kg4 71.Ke3! Kg3 72.Ke2+ Kg2 73.Ra8> White wins.

Black can delay matters with 73...Kg3 according to the tablebases, but obviously there is no hope there. 73...h3 74.Rg8+ Kh1 75.Kf2 f4 (75...h2 76.Ra8 with mate on the next move.) 76.Rg7 f3 77.Rd7 Kh2 78.Rh7 Kh1 79.Rxh3#.

= ♖ = ♙♙ = ♖ = ♙♙ = ♖ = ♙♙ = ♖ = ♙♙ = ♖ = ♙♙ = ♖ = ♙♙ = ♖ = ♙♙ = ♖ = ♙♙ =

<L. Bachmann, Schachjahrbuch, 1902 <White to Play and Draw>>


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1.Ra8! Kh5 2.Kf5 Kh6 3.Kf6 Kh7 4.Ra7+! -

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