Did you ever want to learn the key endgame principles which allow players like Vladimir Kramnik and Magnus Carlsen to convert even theoretically drawn positions into a win?
Are you looking for endgame techniques for getting a draw even when your position is really bad? Are you aiming to become a better endgame player in general with a good balance of theoretical endgame knowledge and practical endgame skills?
There is good news. GM Alex Ipatov’s new DVD “Dominate Rook Endgames” helps you to learn the most effective plans and ideas that can be used to win or draw positions that you previously considered drawn or lost.
Rook endgames are one of the most common and, at the same time, probably the most complex of all endings. GM Ipatov navigates you through the rook endgame jungle, simplifying your task to become a feared rook endgame player in your league.
Let’s take a closer look at one essential theoretical rook endgame:
Rook and Rook Pawn vs. Rook
In rook endgames with only one pawn left, there is a thin line between winning and drawing. In this example, White only has an h-pawn left and his king is in front of his own pawn (see the diagram on the right).
White can’t avoid the draw. His only try to free the king is to transfer the rook to b8. Then, however, Black is in time to reach the c-file with his king. White’s king won’t be able to leave the corner. 1. Rh2 (allowing Black to bring his king closer to the action) Kd7 2.Rh8 Kc7 3.Rb8 Rc1 4.Rb7 Kb8 (see the diagram on the left).
White can’t make any progress here. The position is a draw. Of course, it is even easier to reach a draw for Black if his king is on the c-file or d-file.
But what happens if Black’s king is on the f-file (see the diagram on the right). This time, he would need three moves to reach the important c7-square.
1.Rh2 Ke7 2.Rh8 Kd6. The last move was an important move for Black to make.
If he had played 2…Kd7, White’s task would have been a lot easier as his king could escape from the corner – 3.Rb8 Ra1 4.Kb7 Rb1+ 5.Ka6 Ra1+ 6.Kb6 Rb1+ 7.Kc5 and White is winning. If Black’s king is on d6, the White king can’t go to c5.
3.Rb8 Ra1 4.Kb7 Rb1+ (see the diagram on the left).
White managed to leave the corner with his king but it is still not easy to escape the checks. 5.Ka6 would lead nowhere due to 5…Ra1+ and the king has to return to b7.
5.Kc8 (the only try) Rc1+ 6.Kd8 Rh1 (see the diagram on the right).
How to proceed with White? Black threatens mate on a8. 7.Ke8 doesn’t help White because after 7…Rh8+ 8.Kf7 Rh7+ 9.Kg6 Rxa7, Black simply collects the pawn.
There is only a small path to win this position with White. This path involves a fantastic rook sacrifice. Try to find to winning sequence on your own.
Dominate Rook Endgames- Conclusion
If you want to see the solution, you definitely need to watch the video and listen to Alex Ipatov’s explanations.
Moreover, you’ll find many more instructive examples in the free video. For example, GM Ipatov explains the famous “Vancura position” – a must know position in rook endgames. Don’t miss all the examples!
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