Solving the Rook and Pawn Ending: The Secrets of the Most Common Endgame!

Rook and pawn endings

Solving the Rook and Pawn Ending: The Secrets of the Most Common Endgame!

Let’s face it, two closely matched players determined to win are very likely to end up in a Rook and pawn ending, which makes mastering this endgame essential to success.

But where to start? Do you learn all the theoretical positions like the Lucena and Philidor? Some do but find it doesn’t help them in the majority of endgames they actually get on the board.

In this video – a free preview of the Kopec Lectures – IM Danny Kopec reveals the 3 most important factors  for success in a Rook and pawn ending: all related to activity. These guidelines help you devise a short-term plan to improve your chances of winning.

Next we get to see the incredible power of a Rook on the seventh rank. While we all know about this theoretically, IM Kopec shows the practical application of turning this advantage into a win. White keeps his Rook on the seventh rank, tying up Black’s King and Rook to defending all those pawns still sat on their starting squares.

While Black is trying to unravel his position, White starts to bring his King up the board, threatening to set up camp on d6. This attempt is blocked by a timely advance of the a and b-pawns, meaning White must find another way to win.

With the Rook already in its optimum position and the King’s invasion blocked, White turns his attention to the pawns and an e4 push. Even now, the strength of the Rook on the seventh rank is felt. Black cannot play some of the moves he would like (…f5) because of pins and vulnerable pawns (e6 becomes weak after …f5, Re7 could be played).

Watch the video to learn all the different ways to play for a win in this Rook and pawn ending – you’ll find IM Danny Kopec’s 3 rules for winning a Rook and pawn ending invaluable in your practical play.

If you enjoyed this free preview of IM Danny Kopec’s The Kopec Lecturescheck out the full course here.

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