Rook endings are always drawn...

by Karsten Müller
8/23/2022 – ...but holding a difficult rook endgame at the board is often not easy. In the diagrammed position Black is a pawn down but can draw with precise play. What should he do?

Endgames of the World Champions from Fischer to Carlsen Endgames of the World Champions from Fischer to Carlsen

Let endgame expert Dr Karsten Müller show and explain the finesses of the world champions. Although they had different styles each and every one of them played the endgame exceptionally well, so take the opportunity to enjoy and learn from some of the best endgames in the history of chess.



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Karsten Müller is considered to be one of the greatest endgame experts in the world. His books on the endgame - among them "Fundamentals of Chess Endings", co-authored with Frank Lamprecht, that helped to improve Magnus Carlsen's endgame knowledge - and his endgame columns for the ChessCafe website and the ChessBase Magazine helped to establish and to confirm this reputation. Karsten's Fritztrainer DVDs on the endgame are bestsellers. The mathematician with a PhD lives in Hamburg, and for more than 25 years he has been scoring points for the Hamburger Schachklub (HSK) in the Bundesliga.
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Karsten Müller Karsten Müller 8/24/2022 09:15
MickyMaus90: Many thanks for the additions! Indeed rook endings are almost always drawn...
MickyMaus90 MickyMaus90 8/23/2022 07:30
Dear Karsten,
sorry, me again.
In your main line after 95.h6 I think, Black can ease his defence a bit by winning the h-pawn with 95...Ra1+ (instead of 95....Ra7) 96.Kh2 (96.Kf2 Rh1=) 96...Ra6 97.Rh8 Kg5 98.h7 Kg6=
Also 94...Rb6 (instead of 94...Ra2) is possible.
On the other hand White might try 92.Rf8+ (instead of 92.h5) 92...Ke5! 93.Kg4. Yes, Black has two drawing defences with 93...f3+ or 93...Rb2, but in some sense this looks more dangerous to me.
All in all I think, it is somewhat surprising that Black can hold this. The f4 looks soo weak! But it is, what it is.
So this is indeed a wonderful example for "rook endings are always drawn!".
Best wishes,