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g15713's favorite Rook endgames
Compiled by g15713
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Magic key to rook endings is to Activate Your Rook and Keep It Dynamic (active not passive) - attributed to Grandmaster Edmar Mednis: "ACTIVATE THE ROOK AND KEEP IT ACTIVE!"

Rook and two rook pawns versus rook and one rook pawn - Games 1 thru 5

Rook and two rook pawns versus rook and one non-rook passed pawn - Game 6

Rook and three rook pawns versus rook and one non-rook passed pawn - Game 7

Rook and two pawns against rook and pawn - isolated pawns, one passed pawn - Games 8 thru 10 One outside passed pawn (f-pawn vs. b- and f-pawns) - alternative scenario for Game 20

Rook and two pawns against rook and pawn - isolated pawns, all pawns are passed - Game 11

Rook & two pawns against rook and pawn - connected pawns, no passed pawn - Games 12 thru 15 Game 31 should also be included

Rook & two pawns against rook and pawn - connected pawns, one passed pawn - Games 16 thru 18

Rook and two pawns against rook and pawn - connected pawns versus one outside pawn - Game 19

Rook and two pawns against rook and two pawns - only one side has a passed pawn - Game 20

Rook and two pawns against rook and two pawns - both sides have a passed pawn - Games 21 & 22

Rook endings with several pawns (material advantage):

Pawns on one wing, the attacking side has no passed pawns - Game 23

Pawns on both sides of the board, the attacker has an extra passed pawn.
The attacking side has an a- pawn, the defending rook is behind the passed pawn - Games 24 & 25

Rook endings with several pawns (positional advantage):

Pawns on both sides of the board with the attacker has an active rook - Game 26

Attacker must watch out for the defender's stalemate resources - see Games 5 & 14 & 15 & 23 & 24

Romanovsky drawing zone, pawn on the 6th rank, attacker's rook is in front of the pawn - Game 30

Rook plus a lone pawn versus rook - Short-Side Defense using Tarrasch's Draw is misplayed
Pawn is on the 6th rank, attacker's king is in front of the pawn while the defender's rook is
three files and the defender's king is one file away from the pawn - Game 31

#01 Fanastic rook ending! (a- and h-pawns versus a-pawn)
Rachels vs D B Gurevich, 1989 
(B07) Pirc, 100 moves, 1-0

#02 58. Ke6 or Kf6 then Ke5 wins! (a- & h-pawns vs. a-pawn)
Marshall vs Capablanca, 1909 
(D53) Queen's Gambit Declined, 67 moves, 1/2-1/2

#03 Losing is 53...Rg1? (a- and h-pawns versus h-pawn)
J Gdanski vs A Graf, 2005 
(E08) Catalan, Closed, 86 moves, 1-0

#04 Forgotten rook endgame (a- and h-pawns vs. h-pawn)
Bondarevsky vs Keres, 1947 
(E04) Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3, 105 moves, 1/2-1/2

#05 73.Rxh3+!! draws was missed (a-pawn vs. a- & h-pawns)
Timman vs Karpov, 1988 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 69 moves, 0-1

#06 Rook endgame for the ages (a- & h-pawns vs. c-pawn)
Carlsen vs Anand, 2013 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 58 moves, 1-0

#07 White missed 46. Kc2! (a- and two h-pawns vs. c-pawn)
Carlsen vs Aronian, 2014 
(D56) Queen's Gambit Declined, 84 moves, 1/2-1/2

#08 Winning Rook ending 37. Re5! (a- & f-pawns vs. a-pawn)
Anand vs Shirov, 2004 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 56 moves, 1-0

#09 Black misses draw at move 88 (e- & h-pawns vs h-pawn)
Grischuk vs Anand, 2007 
(E17) Queen's Indian, 102 moves, 1-0

#10 Zaitsev misses 72 ...Rg5! -+ (g-pawn vs. a- and g-pawns)
Tal vs I Zaitsev, 1968 
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 73 moves, 0-1

#11 Overlooked was 56.Kf2! draws (f- & h-pawns vs. a-pawn)
H Sigurvaldason vs P Andrason, 2018 
(B50) Sicilian, 60 moves, 0-1

#12 Books Say Draw, But... (e- and f-pawns versus f-pawn)
N Dzagnidze vs N Zhukova, 2008 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 72 moves, 1-0

#13 Only 60. Rg4 draws! (c-pawn vs. c- & d-pawns)
Levenfish vs P F Johner, 1911 
(C79) Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred, 74 moves, 1/2-1/2

#14 Should be an easy draw but... (a- & b-pawns vs. b-pawn)
Borna Derakhshani vs R Norinkeviciute, 2018 
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 108 moves, 1-0

#15 Black has to walk a tightrope (a- & b-pawns vs. b-pawn)
Nakamura vs Carlsen, 2018 
(B25) Sicilian, Closed, 94 moves, 1/2-1/2

#16 Excellent chances to draw (g- & h-pawns versus f-pawn)
Aronian vs Carlsen, 2014 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 85 moves, 1/2-1/2

#17 Good technique to draw (h- pawn versus f- & g-pawns)
Gelfand vs Karpov, 1992 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 90 moves, 1/2-1/2

#18 Block passed pawn with King! (h- pawn vs. f- & g-pawns)
Carlsen vs Aronian, 2009 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 93 moves, 0-1

#19 Good winning chances (f- & g-pawns vs. a-pawn)
Harshit Raja vs G Aradhya, 2018 
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 86 moves, 1/2-1/2

#20 60. Rb1! or Kg6 draws (double f-pawns vs. a- & f-pawns)
F Hand vs J Radovanovic, 2017 
(D17) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 81 moves, 0-1

#21 Draw with 57...Rc5! (c- & h-pawns vs. f- & h-pawns)
Kasparov vs Anand, 2003 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 62 moves, 1-0

#22 Bad move 55...Rxf2? (b- & h-pawns vs. f- & h- pawns)
Portisch vs Petrosian, 1974 
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 66 moves, 1-0

#23 Hard fought draw (e-, f- & h-pawns vs. f- & h-pawns)
Lombardy vs Zuckerman, 1978 
(E21) Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights, 65 moves, 1/2-1/2

#24 Draw with 51. Rc5+! (f- & h-pawns vs. a-, f- & h-pawns)
M Krakops vs Dautov, 1999 
(E54) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, 60 moves, 0-1

#25 Typical draw (a-, g- & h-pawns versus f- & h-pawns)
Soltis vs K Regan, 1978 
(B23) Sicilian, Closed, 50 moves, 1/2-1/2

#26 Impressive play by Black leads to an active rook ending
Lenderman vs Khachiyan, 2010 
(B39) Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Breyer Variation, 72 moves, 0-1

#30 Romanovsky drawing zone (Rook & a-pawn versus Rook)
M Brodsky vs Khmelnitsky, 1989 
(B45) Sicilian, Taimanov, 61 moves, 0-1

#31 Black misses that 73 ... Kg6! is the only move that draws.
Aronian vs Carlsen, 2006 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 74 moves, 1-0

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