By Igor Smirnov
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A advisor to endgame method which exhibits the elemental checkmating rules and combos had to end off competitors. gamers how you can translate middlegame merits into victories, tips on how to use the king as a weapon, transparent the best way for rook friends and realize tactical combos.
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What should black play now? A lot of players would play Rc4 or Ra2 here, which is a terrible mistake. As we already know, the stronger side should avoid pawn exchanges. Rb7-Ra4 black has only one passed pawn, which is not very powerful. Ra7 XABCDEFGHY 8-+-+-mk-+( 7tR-+-+p+p' 6-+-+-+p+& 5zp-+-+-+-% 4r+-+-+-+$ 3+-+-+PmK-# 2-+-+-+PzP" 1+-+-+-+-! xabcdefghy and it should be a draw. 35 Let’s go back. We can see that black has 2 connected pawns on the queen-side. Potentially they can become 2 connected passed pawns.
Malakhov V. XABCDEFGHY 8-+-+-mk-+( 7+p+R+p+p' 6-+-+-+p+& 5zp-+-+-+-% 4P+-+-+-+$ 3+-+-+PmK-# 2-+r+-+PzP" 1+-+-+-+-! xabcdefghy White: Kg3, Rd7, Pawns: a4, f3, g2, h2. Black: Kf8, Rc2, Pawns: a5, b7, f7, g6, h7. It’s Black’s Turn It is the black’s turn and black has to take a decision. What do you think about it? What should black play now? A lot of players would play Rc4 or Ra2 here, which is a terrible mistake. As we already know, the stronger side should avoid pawn exchanges. Rb7-Ra4 black has only one passed pawn, which is not very powerful.
First, a rook needs to have open lines. When you have a rook, you need to push the pawns forward and exchange them to make your rook active. 59 Secondly a rook works well with pawns. Thus a rook is good when you need to support an advancement of your passed pawn or stop an opponent’s pawn. There is an old rule: You Should Put The Rook Behind A Passed Pawn. It Doesn’t Matter Whether It’s Your Pawn Or An Opponent’s One. This rule is NOT absolute, but it works often. These are all the specific rules about a rook really, so let’s move forward.
An Endgame Expert by Igor Smirnov