CBM Blog: Rook Endings + a Houdini-like escape

6/21/2011 – In rook endings in case of h- and f-pawn even two solid extra pawns are often not enough to win, as our resident GM and endgame specialist Karsten Müller demonstrates. He also shows us a miracle escape by GM Vlad Tkachiev against GM Arkadij Naiditsch on the top board of the German Team Cup Final. Replay Dr Müller's didactic analysis: there are interesting things to learn.

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Rook Endings are always drawn

In case of h- and f-pawn even two solid extra pawns are often not enough to win:

Note that in the replay windows below you can click on the notation or use the cursor keys to follow the game.

Houdini-like escape

In the German team cup final the extremely strong teams of Baden-Baden and Porz played each other. Porz was leading 2:1 but if Naiditsch converts his advantage then Baden-Baden will win by Berliner Wertung as this was the first board:

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