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47k_RB:R (no pawns)
Compiled by whiteshark

Endgame Explorer: RB vs R

42.3% wins Endgame Explorer: RB vs R

57.5% draw Endgame Explorer: RB vs R (Kramnik vs L Bruzon Batista, 2015)


"In Basic Chess Endings Reuben Fine declared the “general case” of rook and bishop against rook to be “a draw.” But there is wide misunderstanding of what a book draw means. A prominent chess historian, for example, wrote that when R+B-versus-R occurred in the 1908 Lasker-Tarrasch world championship match it was a “dead drawn” position but “Tarrasch continued to play on for 50 moves despite having no chance to win.” Nonsense. The guy with the bishop always has chances. The ending is “drawable” but that means the defender must play good moves. In Tarrasch vs Lasker, 1908, White has to find an “only” move, <124. Rf8!>. Instead, he played 124. Rd8?? with the idea of 125. Rd3+. Black replied 124. ... Re3!, which threatens 125. ... Bh3+ 126. Kg1 Re1 mate. White defended with the 125. Rg8 pin. But then came 125. ... Re7 126. Rg5 Rh7!, threatening mate in one. White resigned after 127. Ke1 Rd7 because he saw ... Rd1 mate coming up. At no point was there a “dead draw,” just a hard position in which a draw would result if White found the right moves. In the world of book theory, the difficulty of the defense is irrelevant. A drawable position is simply “a draw.” But in the real world, we use terms like “dead draw” only about positions in which it is easy to find the right moves.

Long before there were tablebases, a Swedish publisher asked Yefim Geller to write the definitive analysis of rook+ bishop-versus-rook. After a year and a half, Geller gave up. He said it was impossible to exhaust all the possibilities. But in his research Geller found that most games with rook+bishop-versus-rook ended in victories, not draws. " - GM Andy Soltis in Chess Life — August 2010, p.12

A Zhigalko vs A Sarana, 2014
(D85) Grunfeld, 95 moves, 1/2-1/2

M Galyas vs Z Medvegy, 2013
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 87 moves, 0-1

S Nyman vs A Lundqvist, 1962 
(C16) French, Winawer, 149 moves, 1/2-1/2

WC match
Tarrasch vs Lasker, 1908 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 119 moves, 1/2-1/2

G Garcia Gonzales vs Balashov, 1977 
(E55) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation, 95 moves, 1/2-1/2

INFERIOR side wins (on time)
Z Topel vs N Pares Vives, 2008 
(A56) Benoni Defense, 81 moves, 1-0

H R Steel vs A Pettersson, 2008
(B27) Sicilian, 116 moves, 1/2-1/2

Mamedyarov vs Caruana, 2015 
(D92) Grunfeld, 5.Bf4, 90 moves, 1/2-1/2

--> Hall of Blame
Leko vs Ivanchuk, 2008 
(B42) Sicilian, Kan, 127 moves, 0-1

P Van der Sterren vs Piket, 1994
(E53) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, 86 moves, 1/2-1/2

G W Scott vs J Jackson, 2015 
(A60) Benoni Defense, 139 moves, 0-1

J C Schroeder vs V P Moskalenko, 2013
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 86 moves, 0-1

Kramnik vs L Bruzon Batista, 2015 
(A14) English, 117 moves, 1-0

Ding Liren vs A Giri, 2015 
(D78) Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6, 172 moves, 1/2-1/2

2nd rank defence
Carlsen vs Ding Liren, 2016 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 99 moves, 1/2-1/2

Carlsen vs Svidler, 2010 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 99 moves, 1-0

Caruana vs Svidler, 2016 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 116 moves, 1/2-1/2

Akopian vs Kamsky, 2009 
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 98 moves, 1-0

Kosteniuk vs Onischuk, 2005 
(C64) Ruy Lopez, Classical, 115 moves, 1-0

Sokolsky vs Ragozin, 1949 
(A90) Dutch, 103 moves, 1/2-1/2

L Ibarra Chami vs Granda Zuniga, 2008 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 102 moves, 1/2-1/2

I Nikolic vs G Arsovic, 1989 
(E95) King's Indian, Orthodox, 7...Nbd7, 8.Re1, 255 moves, 1/2-1/2

Harikrishna vs Yu Yangyi, 2017 
(D50) Queen's Gambit Declined, 102 moves, 1/2-1/2

Li Chao vs Ganguly, 2011 
(E06) Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3, 159 moves, 1/2-1/2

A Kurtenkov vs Tseshkovsky, 1986
(C44) King's Pawn Game, 89 moves, 1/2-1/2

Nimzowitsch vs Reti, 1928 
(A28) English, 62 moves, 1-0

S Lukey vs Chandler, 2008 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 66 moves, 1-0

Salov vs Kamsky, 1995 
(E32) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 107 moves, 1/2-1/2

Harikrishna vs Jakovenko, 2017 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 115 moves, 1/2-1/2

Aronian vs Caruana, 2017 
(D27) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 110 moves, 0-1

P Carlsson vs G Burgess, 2002 
(B03) Alekhine's Defense, 132 moves, 1-0

L Dominguez vs Judit Polgar, 2011 
(B32) Sicilian, 112 moves, 0-1

Lenderman vs F Vallejo Pons, 2017 
(E01) Catalan, Closed, 72 moves, 1-0

Tomashevsky vs D Paravyan, 2018
(A48) King's Indian, 121 moves, 1/2-1/2

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