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Oh, Those Effin' Aitch Pawns in Rook Endgames!
Compiled by Resignation Trap
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In Rook endgames, sometimes even two extra Pawns may not be enough to win. Separated pawns can be a hassle. But this collection concentrates on that particular endgame where one player has a Rook, an f-Pawn and an h-Pawn, the defender has only a Rook. The mirror-image endgames with a-and-c Pawns are included here as well, although they are rarer.

In <FIDE Review> #3, 1961, Salomon Flohr wrote:

<From Mikhail Botvinnik one can learn that it is necessary to prepare seriously for each encounter. Here is a little example: Before the tourney for the world championship in 1948, I was acting as Botvinnik's second. Botvinnik included in his program the study of all rook endgames with f- and h-pawns. I was astonished: Why? That happens only once in a lifetime. <No, if I am not acquainted with such endings, I do not have the right to participate in the world championship>, said Botvinnik. I had to search for all examples of this endgame!>

A typical example would be this:


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A theoretical draw!

For those of you who aspire to become the next Botvinnik, this collection was designed to save you (and your second) a lot of time and homework! Salo Flohr's "once in a lifetime" came three years later: Kotov vs Flohr, 1951 .

This collection was made to provide examples of how to defend with the two-pawn deficit, as well as how to win with the two extra pawns when given the opportunity. My preferred reference is Shredder Tablebase: http://www.shredderchess.com/online... .

Steinitz vs Blackburne, 1898 
(C59) Two Knights, 93 moves, 1/2-1/2

Marshall vs Rubinstein, 1911 
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 66 moves, 1/2-1/2

Capablanca vs B Kostic, 1919 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 86 moves, 1-0

H Steiner vs Harold Morton, 1936 
(A48) King's Indian, 112 moves, 1-0

Bondarevsky vs Keres, 1939 
(D80) Grunfeld, 97 moves, 1/2-1/2

Smyslov vs Bondarevsky, 1941 
(A13) English, 114 moves, 1/2-1/2

Kan vs Konstantinopolsky, 1945
(C57) Two Knights, 91 moves, 1/2-1/2

Smyslov vs V Makogonov, 1947 
(A13) English, 93 moves, 1/2-1/2

G Abrahams vs F Zita, 1947 
(A47) Queen's Indian, 81 moves, 0-1

Keres vs Sokolsky, 1947 
(C71) Ruy Lopez, 89 moves, 1-0

Gligoric vs Smyslov, 1947 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 115 moves, 1/2-1/2

Konstantinopolsky vs Aronin, 1948 
(E32) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 90 moves, 1/2-1/2

A Bannik vs V Mikenas, 1949
(B05) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 64 moves, 1/2-1/2

Rossolimo vs J Enevoldsen, 1949 
(C56) Two Knights, 86 moves, 1/2-1/2

Kieninger vs Bogoljubov, 1949 
(E20) Nimzo-Indian, 74 moves, 0-1

Rossolimo vs S Witkowski, 1949
(C18) French, Winawer, 70 moves, 1-0

Kotov vs Flohr, 1951 
(D23) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 114 moves, 0-1

J Penrose vs J H Donner, 1952 
(B15) Caro-Kann, 79 moves, 0-1

V Stulik vs J Marsalek, 1956
(E18) Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 7.Nc3, 77 moves, 0-1

J H Donner vs E E Book, 1958
(D26) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 62 moves, 1/2-1/2

A Aggos vs R Cintron, 1958
(C11) French, 83 moves, 1-0

Sliwa vs Robatsch, 1960 
(A10) English, 98 moves, 0-1

F Olafsson vs Larsen, 1961 
(A04) Reti Opening, 97 moves, 0-1

L Maslov vs I Nei, 1961
(C70) Ruy Lopez, 84 moves, 1/2-1/2

O M Hindle vs Milner-Barry, 1962
(C21) Center Game, 70 moves, 1/2-1/2

Ivkov vs Reshevsky, 1966 
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 93 moves, 1/2-1/2

N Minev vs Matulovic, 1967
(D25) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 100 moves, 1/2-1/2

N Gaprindashvili vs A Kushnir, 1969
(B44) Sicilian, 91 moves, 1-0

E Formanek vs Z Vranesic, 1971
(B43) Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3, 83 moves, 1/2-1/2

Bronstein vs H Westerinen, 1973
(A48) King's Indian, 75 moves, 1/2-1/2

V Tukmakov vs Smejkal, 1973 
(D98) Grunfeld, Russian, 82 moves, 0-1

B Enklaar vs Sosonko, 1973 
(B32) Sicilian, 79 moves, 1-0

Ribli vs Karpov, 1973 
(B47) Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation, 88 moves, 1/2-1/2

A Ludgate vs I Sinclair, 1974
(D80) Grunfeld, 55 moves, 0-1

P Ostojic vs Timman, 1974
(B05) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 67 moves, 0-1

Kholmov vs H Westerinen, 1974 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 88 moves, 0-1

J Eising vs Keene, 1975
(A04) Reti Opening, 65 moves, 0-1

V Brond vs F Braga, 1976
(D35) Queen's Gambit Declined, 68 moves, 1-0

Taimanov vs Gulko, 1976 
(A48) King's Indian, 65 moves, 0-1

N Minev vs Jansa, 1976 
(D80) Grunfeld, 106 moves, 0-1

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

Gulko vs Velimirovic, 1977
(C85) Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Doubly Deferred (DERLD), 62 moves, 1/2-1/2

Kavalek vs Tarjan, 1978 
(A14) English, 62 moves, 0-1

J Lechtynsky vs Gulko, 1978 
(D91) Grunfeld, 5.Bg5, 54 moves, 1-0

Alexander V Ivanov vs A Vitolinsh, 1979 
(B40) Sicilian, 88 moves, 1-0

L Aptekar vs D Beach, 1980
(A80) Dutch, 59 moves, 1-0

Gipslis vs Anikaev, 1981
(B98) Sicilian, Najdorf, 61 moves, 1/2-1/2

Gavrikov vs Vaganian, 1982 
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 95 moves, 1/2-1/2

E Lobron vs Keene, 1982
(B72) Sicilian, Dragon, 79 moves, 1/2-1/2

Miles vs Timman, 1983
(A17) English, 105 moves, 1/2-1/2

H Bohm vs Van der Wiel, 1984
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 70 moves, 1/2-1/2

Vaganian vs Smyslov, 1985
(D52) Queen's Gambit Declined, 72 moves, 1/2-1/2

Vaisser vs Gulko, 1985
(E46) Nimzo-Indian, 83 moves, 1/2-1/2

Carlsen vs Aronian, 2004 
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 82 moves, 0-1

D Mehmeti vs E Hernandez, 2004
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 72 moves, 1-0

F Berkes vs Speelman, 2004
(D50) Queen's Gambit Declined, 91 moves, 1-0

Pokorna vs H Olafsson, 2004
(C42) Petrov Defense, 79 moves, 1/2-1/2

B L Shrestha vs A Montalvo, 2004 
(B10) Caro-Kann, 87 moves, 1/2-1/2

Sadvakasov vs Nakamura, 2004
(B30) Sicilian, 78 moves, 1/2-1/2

A H T dos Santos Fier vs Bu Xiangzhi, 2004 
(B32) Sicilian, 79 moves, 1-0

Z Almasi vs G Kacheishvili, 2004
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 81 moves, 1/2-1/2

E Arancibia vs M Llorens, 2004
(B31) Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation, 88 moves, 1/2-1/2

Morozevich vs Leko, 2005 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 76 moves, 1/2-1/2

S Chanda vs Navara, 2005 
(C91) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 67 moves, 1-0

T Sachdev vs A Gavrilov, 2005
(D35) Queen's Gambit Declined, 74 moves, 0-1

E Inarkiev vs Skembris, 2005 
(C91) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 95 moves, 1-0

C Goritsas vs B Socko, 2005
(E92) King's Indian, 63 moves, 1/2-1/2

A David vs M M Kazhgaleyev, 2005
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 82 moves, 1/2-1/2

N Delgado Ramirez vs L Bruzon Batista, 2005 
(C10) French, 88 moves, 1/2-1/2

S Chanda vs V Sareen, 2005
(B67) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7, 66 moves, 1/2-1/2

R Wang vs M Al-Modiahki, 2005 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 104 moves, 0-1

J Banas vs J Sosna, 2005
(A13) English, 67 moves, 0-1

D Trifunovic vs E Weinberg, 2005
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 68 moves, 1/2-1/2

V Chemin vs G Milos, 2005
(E54) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, 77 moves, 1/2-1/2

R Markus vs A Volokitin, 2005
(E92) King's Indian, 71 moves, 0-1

A Gavasheli vs S Melia, 2006
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 65 moves, 1-0

M Zuriel vs O Sikorova, 2006
(B29) Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein, 80 moves, 1/2-1/2

R J Dive vs R M D P de Almeida, 2006
(A17) English, 106 moves, 1/2-1/2

A Hairapetian vs B De Jong-Muhren, 2006
(B87) Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5, 67 moves, 1-0

S Knott vs P Roberson, 2006 
(A15) English, 83 moves, 0-1

A G Donchenko vs J Hvenekilde, 2006
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 66 moves, 1/2-1/2

Onischuk vs S B Hansen, 2006 
(D15) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 87 moves, 1-0

Jakovenko vs Ni Hua, 2006
(C11) French, 78 moves, 1/2-1/2

Glek vs Mamedyarov, 2006
(C69) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation, 67 moves, 1/2-1/2

Galego vs V Milov, 2007 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 82 moves, 1/2-1/2

Zhu Chen vs N Pogonina, 2007 
(E10) Queen's Pawn Game, 109 moves, 1/2-1/2

R Mamedov vs E Safarli, 2007
(C45) Scotch Game, 134 moves, 1/2-1/2

Korchnoi vs E Gurbanzade, 2007 
(E81) King's Indian, Samisch, 82 moves, 1/2-1/2

Mecking vs Beliavsky, 2007
(D58) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst, 69 moves, 1/2-1/2

B Khanukov vs M D Tseitlin, 2007
(D83) Grunfeld, Grunfeld Gambit, 85 moves, 1/2-1/2

B Gonzalez vs C Vittorino, 2007
(C45) Scotch Game, 65 moves, 1-0

M Socko vs E Repkova, 2007
(D35) Queen's Gambit Declined, 63 moves, 1-0

S Pertlova vs D Harika, 2007
(D92) Grunfeld, 5.Bf4, 85 moves, 0-1

B Yildiz vs M Foisor, 2007
(C05) French, Tarrasch, 66 moves, 1-0

V Zvjaginsev vs Sasikiran, 2007 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 65 moves, 0-1

Kramnik vs Aronian, 2008 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 110 moves, 1-0

Hebden vs S Collins, 2008
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 101 moves, 1/2-1/2

Srinath Narayanan vs M Ribon Calabia, 2008
(B01) Scandinavian, 75 moves, 1-0

G Meier vs N V Pedersen, 2008
(E01) Catalan, Closed, 78 moves, 1/2-1/2

E Najer vs Areshchenko, 2008 
(B96) Sicilian, Najdorf, 64 moves, 0-1

Grischuk vs Eljanov, 2008 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 92 moves, 1/2-1/2

F Apaydin vs S Grover, 2008
(C23) Bishop's Opening, 73 moves, 1/2-1/2

S Zhigalko vs Zhou Jianchao, 2008
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 59 moves, 1/2-1/2

Grischuk vs Eljanov, 2008 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 79 moves, 1-0

V Papadopoulou vs N Ziaziulkina, 2009
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 93 moves, 0-1

R Valhondo Morales vs J Arnott, 2009
(D15) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 63 moves, 0-1

M Rodshtein vs Li Shilong, 2009
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 69 moves, 1/2-1/2

Vitiugov vs E Romanov, 2009
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 94 moves, 1/2-1/2

Ilincic vs I Porat, 2008
(D12) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 70 moves, 1-0

Leko vs Carlsen, 2009 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 59 moves, 0-1

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