Practical rook endings

5/21/2003 – When we talk about rook endings we usually mean theoretical positions in which one side must know precisely how to win or hold a draw. In This week's lecture (Thursday, 21:00h on the server) GM Dorian Rogozenko will deal with the practical aspects of rook endings. You can learn a lot about general endgame principles as well. More...

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Dorian Rogozenko writes:

The title of this Thursday's lecture will be "Practical rook endgames – the main principles of play". I already did a lecture on the subject of rook endings last year, showing the basic theoretical positions in this kind of endgames. Earlier this year I did a lecture with three pawns versus three on one side, when White has an extra passed pawn on the opposite wing. That subject was a mixture between theoretical and practical endgames, where the audience had to remember very well the evaluations of key positions.

This time I intend to finish the whole serie on rook endgames and speak strictly about practical aspects of such endgames. The idea of this Thursday's lecture is to show some important practical rook endgames, with more pawns, equal material. Such endgames arise most often in the practice. On their basis I will speak about general principles of all endgames, such as:

  • centralizing the king;
  • activity of your own pieces plus the positional pawn sacrifice in order to achieve such activity;
  • preventing the opponent's counterplay;
  • importance, efficiency, and how to use the open file;
  • creating and using weaknesses in your opponent's pawn structure;
  • creating passed pawns etc.

The lecture begins at 21:00h server time (= MET), which translates to 20:00h London and 3 p.m. New York. You will need Fritz, Shredder or Tiger to access the lecture room, or you can use the free trial Playchess client which you can get from our download page.

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