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g15713's favorite Rook endgames Part I
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 late 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 & two pawns against rook & pawn
- isolated pawns, one passed pawn - Games 8 thru 13, 31 and 32*
- outside extra passed b-pawn (f-pawn vs. b- and f-pawns) - Game 13 and Game 32*
- outside extra passed b-pawn (g-pawn vs. b- and f-pawns), 2:2 --> 1:2 - Game 31
- isolated pawns, all pawns are passed - Games 14 and 15

Rook & two pawns versus rook & pawn
- connected pawns, no passed pawn - Games 16 thru 20, 51
- connected pawns, one passed pawn - Games 21 thru 28
- (d-, f- and g-pawns versus g- and h-pawns) transformed from 3:2 --> 2:1|| - Game 22
- connected pawns vs. one outside pawn - all passed - Games 29 and 30

Rook & two pawns vs. rook & two pawns
- no one has a passed pawn - Game 31
- only one side has a passed pawn - Games 32 thru 34
- both sides have a passed pawn - Games 35 thru 37
- all are connected passed pawns - Games 38 thru 40
- connected passed pawns versus 2 isolated passed pawns - Game 41*

Attacker must watch out for the defender's stalemate resources -
See Games 5, 11, 18, 19, 24

Romanovsky drawing zone, pawn on the 6th rank, attacker's rook is in front of the pawn - Game 50

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 51

5:4 --> 2:1||, 3:3 --> 2:2, 3:2 --> 2:1||, 3:4|| --> 1:2||, 2:3 --> 1:2||, 2:2 --> 1:2,
2:1|| --> 2:0|| notation attributed to chess User: whiteshark

* in a game: an alternative scenario for a position that could arise but did not actually happen

#01 Fanastic rook ending! (a- and h-pawns versus a-pawn)
Rachels vs D 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 A Zaitsev, 1968 
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 73 moves, 0-1

#11 Houdini magic 52...Rc1 draws! (c- & g-pawns vs g-pawn)
Rublevsky vs Kasparov, 2004 
(B30) Sicilian, 57 moves, 1-0

#12 Only 61...Kh6 draws! (e- & g-pawns vs. g-pawn)
M Maki Uuro vs Carlsen, 2002 
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 81 moves, 1-0

#13 Only 62. Rd1+ draws! (f-pawn vs. b- and f-pawns)
R Baskin vs Thore Perske, 2018 
(C01) French, Exchange, 82 moves, 0-1

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

#15 59. a4/Rb6/Rb7/Rb8/Rc1 draws Ra1 loses (a- vs f- & h-pawns)
Kramnik vs Beliavsky, 1993 
(A28) English, 81 moves, 0-1

#16 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

#17 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

#18 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

#19 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

#20 Should be an easy win but... (a-pawn vs. a- & b-pawns)
L Tipary vs Bronstein, 1949 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 100 moves, 1/2-1/2

#21 53...Rb1 or Rb4 draws 5:4 --> 2:1|| (f- & g- vs h-pawn)
Jennifer Yu vs S Foisor, 2018 
(B10) Caro-Kann, 72 moves, 1-0

#22 Cutoff Black king 64. Rf6 wins! (f- & g-pawns vs h-pawn)
Gligoric vs Smyslov, 1947 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 115 moves, 1/2-1/2

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

#24 65...Rg6?? 66. Rh8+! 2:1|| --> 2:0|| (g- & h- vs. f-pawn)
I Gaponenko vs R Sheldon, 2002 
(B48) Sicilian, Taimanov Variation, 69 moves, 1-0

#25 106. Ra4? loses 3:4|| --> 1:2|| (g-pawn vs e- & f-pawns)
T Duong vs Yermolinsky, 2007 
(D78) Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6, 124 moves, 0-1

#26 79. Kf3? 2:3 --> 1:2|| (h-pawn vs. f- & g-pawns)
Vaisser vs Stefan Djuric, 1985 
(E40) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, 80 moves, 1/2-1/2

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

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

#29 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

#30 77...Kf4 draws! (a- & b-pawns vs. g-pawn)
Larsen vs Portisch, 1977 
(B47) Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation, 86 moves, 1-0

#31 46. Kg2 loses but Ke2 draws! (b- & g- vs. b- & f-pawns)
I Khairullin vs E Inarkiev, 2006 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 64 moves, 0-1

#32 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

#33 Theoretical draw but... (g- & f-pawns vs a- & g-pawns)
Cochrane vs Mohishunder, 1851 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 65 moves, 1-0

#34 52. f4! draws (b- & f-pawns vs. a- & b-pawns)
M Saralegui vs S Foisor, 2018 
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 58 moves, 0-1

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

#36 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

#37 53. Ke3! draws/Kd3? loses (a- & f-versus f- & g-pawns)
Y Solodovnichenko vs J Moussard, 2018 
(B13) Caro-Kann, Exchange, 109 moves, 0-1

#38 Tough ending, both sides have connected passed pawns
P Maghsoodloo vs V Moiseenko, 2018 
(A04) Reti Opening, 61 moves, 1-0

#39 52. Rd4! wins, both sides have connected passed pawns
Keres vs Alekhine, 1938 
(B13) Caro-Kann, Exchange, 62 moves, 1/2-1/2

#40 The $64 question - Keep or trade queens into a rook ending?
Aronian vs Kramnik, 2018 
(C11) French, 66 moves, 1-0

#41 41...Rxa2 42. Rxb6 Kxh5 = (c- & d- versus f- & h-pawns)
Portisch vs Pinter, 1981 
(E54) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, 52 moves, 1-0

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

#51 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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