Friday, 28 March 2014


If you look at the position in the diagram, it is white to move and draw, how does he do it?

About a year ago Michael Watters told me about a book by Nickolay Minev titled;

A Practical Guide to Rook Endgames 

In the opening section he gives the above position as his first illustrative lesson.  He explains the technique of gaining an easy draw for white in a position which I would easily loose.

It is first necessary for white to play Rc3 OR Kf1.  Then after black`s next move the white rook goes to the a8 or c8 square with the intention of continually checking the black King on the g and f files.

The secret is keeping the rook on the 3rd rank until the pawn moves to f3.

If you want a better explanation just by the book or buy the CD as I have done a few weeks ago.

To be honest if someone had shown me this position a few weeks ago, I would have instinctively thought the correct first move was Rook to a8! WRONG and half point down the drain!

It can be easily checked out with a computer.

Note how the Bible talks about "the endgame."

The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love to have it so: and what will ye do in the end thereof?

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