Rooks belong behind passed pawns

by Karsten Müller
7/7/2015 – Every week ChessBase magazine author and renowned endgame expert Karsten Müller presents a remarkable or particularly instructive endgame in his blog. A click on the diagram opens a larger board. Test your endgame skills, improve and have fun!

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Rooks belong behind passed pawns


Black to play. How do you evaluate the continuation 79...Ke1 80.Rf7 f1Q+ 81.Rxf1+ Kxf1? Is this rook against pawn position a win for Black or just a draw? If you evaluate this as a draw, does Black have a good alternative instead of the direct 79.Ke1?


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ChessBase Magazine #166 (June/July) 

Review by Albert Silver

Karsten Müller, born 1970, has a world-wide reputation as one of the greatest endgame experts. He has, together with Frank Lamprecht, written a book on the subject: “Fundamental Chess Endgames” in addition to other contributions such as his column on the website ChessCafe as well as in ChessBase Magazine. Müller's ChessBase-DVDs about endgames in Fritztrainer-Format are bestsellers. The PhD in mathematics lives in Hamburg, where he has also been hunting down points for the HSK in the Bundesliga for many years.
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Aighearach Aighearach 7/8/2015 02:48
Regardless of if the corrections others have provided are valid or not, just assuming the lesson is correct, I don't feel that the lesson and the line really work well. The line is too full of subtleties. It seems a lot more about the trickiness of move order and king position in pawn endgames than about having the rook behind the pawn.
Matt79 Matt79 7/8/2015 01:31
But 78 Kd3 is losing! Black wins after 78 Rf8.
arna arna 7/8/2015 01:10
According to endgame tablebases, 86.Re5+ is the best and 86.Rc5 is losing too.
Dorado Dorado 7/7/2015 10:12
86.Re5+ in the line given as winning is a blunder.
Instead 86.Rc5 draws according to my Houdini4 and I have had it playing a shootout against it self from this position.