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Rook Endgames
Compiled by SpiritedReposte
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Rook endings have an elegance to them. Whether supporting a passed pawns advance from behind, cutting off an enemy king or gobbling up pawns on the 7th rank rooks can make their presence felt. Often mating combinations can turn up surprisingly as well.

Rubinstein vs Alekhine, 1911 
(D15) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 76 moves, 1-0

Fischer vs Portisch, 1962 
(B10) Caro-Kann, 68 moves, 1-0

Shirov vs Karpov, 1996 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 84 moves, 0-1

Kramnik vs Judit Polgar, 1996 
(C01) French, Exchange, 55 moves, 1-0

Capablanca vs Tartakower, 1924  
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 52 moves, 1-0

Karpov vs Miles, 1978 
(A10) English, 56 moves, 1-0

L Carranza vs Capablanca, 1911 
(C46) Three Knights, 44 moves, 0-1

Capablanca vs E Eliskases, 1936 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 54 moves, 1-0

Tarrasch vs E Thorold, 1890 
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 56 moves, 1-0

Korchnoi vs Karpov, 1978 
(D35) Queen's Gambit Declined, 71 moves, 1-0

Korchnoi vs Larsen, 1967 
(E21) Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights, 44 moves, 1-0

Carlsen vs Aronian, 2007 
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 41 moves, 1-0

Flohr vs Vidmar, 1936 
(D62) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack, 58 moves, 1-0

Korchnoi vs Kasparov, 1983 
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 77 moves, 0-1

Anand vs Kamsky, 2006 
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 57 moves, 0-1

Alekhine vs Capablanca, 1927 
(D51) Queen's Gambit Declined, 82 moves, 1-0

Fischer vs Bisguier, 1959 
(C99) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 12...cd, 86 moves, 1-0

I Sokolov vs Kasparov, 1990 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 48 moves, 0-1

Kasparov vs Anand, 2003 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 62 moves, 1-0

Topalov vs Kasimdzhanov, 2005 
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 73 moves, 1-0

Estrin vs Berliner, 1965 
(C57) Two Knights, 42 moves, 0-1

Ribli vs Karpov, 1980 
(E06) Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3, 55 moves, 1-0

Anand vs Carlsen, 2013 
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 67 moves, 0-1

Kasparov vs Karpov, 1990 
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 57 moves, 1-0

U Weisbuch vs V Ponfilenok, 2009 
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 62 moves, 0-1

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

Schlechter vs Rubinstein, 1912 
(C11) French, 41 moves, 0-1

Rubinstein vs Lasker, 1909  
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 40 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs Karpov, 1984 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 70 moves, 0-1

Korchnoi vs Timman, 1982 
(A33) English, Symmetrical, 50 moves, 1-0

Jansa vs Geller, 1970 
(C93) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Smyslov Defense, 83 moves, 1-0

Fischer vs J Sherwin, 1958 
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 90 moves, 1-0

Guimard vs Fischer, 1960 
(A48) King's Indian, 58 moves, 0-1

Zsofia Polgar vs Korchnoi, 2001 
(C14) French, Classical, 56 moves, 0-1

I Platonov vs Korchnoi, 1969 
(C05) French, Tarrasch, 65 moves, 0-1

Polugaevsky vs Korchnoi, 1977 
(A10) English, 59 moves, 0-1

Petrosian vs Botvinnik, 1963 
(A10) English, 52 moves, 1-0

Geller vs Velimirovic, 1971 
(E66) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav Panno, 50 moves, 1-0

Macieja vs A Zapata, 2002 
(B42) Sicilian, Kan, 80 moves, 1-0

Gipslis vs Simagin, 1957
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 57 moves, 0-1

F Cruz vs Epishin, 2006 
(A43) Old Benoni, 57 moves, 0-1

Grischuk vs Ivanchuk, 2011 
(C02) French, Advance, 44 moves, 1-0

Svidler vs Topalov, 2007 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 48 moves, 1-0

Bacrot vs Tiviakov, 2009 
(B36) Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, 69 moves, 1-0

Botvinnik vs Konstantinopolsky, 1931 
(A84) Dutch, 79 moves, 0-1

Topalov vs Karpov, 2002 
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 75 moves, 1-0

M Vachier-Lagrave vs Carlsen, 2011 
(B30) Sicilian, 96 moves, 1-0

Carlsen vs Anand, 2013 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 58 moves, 1-0

Fischer vs Benko, 1959 
(B63) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 69 moves, 1-0

Petrosian vs Sosonko, 1980
(A08) King's Indian Attack, 50 moves, 1-0

E Vladimirov vs Vaganian, 1990 
(E06) Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3, 44 moves, 0-1

Smyslov vs J H Donner, 1967 
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 73 moves, 0-1

Karpov vs Hort, 1979 
(A15) English, 57 moves, 1-0

Radjabov vs Shirov, 2003
(D47) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 51 moves, 0-1

Spassky vs Polugaevsky, 1961 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 51 moves, 0-1

J Salas Romo vs Fischer, 1959 
(E80) King's Indian, Samisch Variation, 66 moves, 0-1

Yermolinsky vs B Finegold, 1994
(D15) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 49 moves, 0-1

Znosko-Borovsky vs Alekhine, 1933 
(C79) Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred, 55 moves, 0-1

Adams vs Bacrot, 2003
(C42) Petrov Defense, 64 moves, 0-1

Capablanca vs Yates, 1930 
(D63) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 87 moves, 1-0

Anand vs Aronian, 2016 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 66 moves, 1-0

Smyslov vs Reshevsky, 1948 
(C75) Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 52 moves, 1-0

Seirawan vs Kasparov, 1986 
(D91) Grunfeld, 5.Bg5, 62 moves, 1-0

R Wang vs W So, 2014 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 36 moves, 0-1

L Dominguez vs Ponomariov, 2016 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 75 moves, 1-0

Sutovsky vs Sakaev, 2001 
(C14) French, Classical, 63 moves, 1-0

Shirov vs Kramnik, 2001 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 53 moves, 0-1

Thematic skewer/promotion threat.
Waitzkin vs G Shure, 1992 
(B39) Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Breyer Variation, 57 moves, 1-0

Capablanca vs Janowski, 1913 
(C66) Ruy Lopez, 52 moves, 1-0

Taimanov vs Aronin, 1948 
(B56) Sicilian, 86 moves, 0-1

M Dvoretsky vs Smyslov, 1974 
(C69) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation, 28 moves, 1-0

Gipslis vs Korchnoi, 1970 
(C09) French, Tarrasch, Open Variation, Main line, 59 moves, 0-1

M Fernandez Gil vs Karjakin, 2006
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 76 moves, 0-1

Duras vs Capablanca, 1913 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 75 moves, 0-1

Capablanca vs Reti, 1924 
(C14) French, Classical, 36 moves, 1-0

Bronstein vs Korchnoi, 1971 
(B87) Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5, 61 moves, 0-1

Ivkov vs Hort, 1967 
(A56) Benoni Defense, 51 moves, 0-1

Spassky vs Karpov, 1974 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 56 moves, 0-1

Korchnoi vs Portisch, 1983 
(A17) English, 55 moves, 1-0

Keres vs K Richter, 1942  
(A28) English, 59 moves, 0-1

M J Herman vs B Finegold, 2011 
(B30) Sicilian, 81 moves, 0-1

Mecking vs Szabo, 1970
(A58) Benko Gambit, 50 moves, 0-1

Karjakin vs D Andreikin, 2017 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 61 moves, 1-0

Bareev vs Topalov, 2002 
(E97) King's Indian, 61 moves, 1-0

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

Stefansson vs Korchnoi, 2005 
(C14) French, Classical, 54 moves, 0-1

Polugaevsky vs Korchnoi, 1980 
(E19) Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3, 64 moves, 0-1

J Borisek vs Karjakin, 2015 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 53 moves, 0-1

Nakamura vs A Giri, 2017 
(D80) Grunfeld, 67 moves, 1-0

Spielmann vs Rubinstein, 1909  
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 75 moves, 0-1

Rubinstein vs Duras, 1908  
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 39 moves, 1-0

Euwe vs Alekhine, 1935 
(D12) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 65 moves, 0-1

Alekhine vs Euwe, 1935 
(C27) Vienna Game, 41 moves, 1-0

Sakaev vs A Volokitin, 2001
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 33 moves, 0-1

Spielmann vs Alekhine, 1927 
(B40) Sicilian, 64 moves, 0-1

Ivkov vs Tal, 1961 
(E92) King's Indian, 68 moves, 0-1

Kasparov vs Korchnoi, 1983 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 52 moves, 0-1

W So vs Wei Yi, 2013 
(B60) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, 75 moves, 1-0

Korchnoi vs Tal, 1968 
(E50) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Nf3, without ...d5, 59 moves, 1-0

Kupchik vs Capablanca, 1915 
(C01) French, Exchange, 50 moves, 0-1

Tal vs Gligoric, 1968 
(C93) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Smyslov Defense, 46 moves, 0-1

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