Feb 12, 16 There are relatively few books devoted just to Rook endgames. He tended to prefer puzzles often his own creations over the best examples for learning the openings. His book on Rook endings is one of the classics. The examples flow logically one to the next, the explanations are clear and memorable, and the analysis mostly stands up even now. There are flaws.
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Extremely dry reads more like a math book but you keep going back to it. These guys really knew what they were talking about. In the following position, White resigned. I quote the explanation from the Chessbase site: The endgame is utterly hopeless. All Black needs to do is place the rook One of the great chess classics. All Black needs to do is place the rook on f5, cutting off the king and leaving the white rook stuck protecting the e-pawn, and bring his king around.
For example: Rc3 Re3 Kg7 Re4 Kf8 Kh3 Ke7 Kg3 Kd7 Rf4 is no help since Black can just ignore it. The pawn ending, if White exchanges, is dead lost. Kc6 Rxf5 exf5 Kf3 Kd5 Kf4 Ke6 Ra6 Kd7 Ra5 Rb6 Rxe5 Kh3 Kb6 Ra8 Rxe5 Talk about bleeding obvious, right? I must admit that I would probably have played on a few moves. Each player starts with three minutes on their clock and gets an extra two seconds for every move they play. Black has just played Kb1 Kf5 Kb2 Kf4 Ka3 Ke3 Kb4 Kd3 Kb5 Kc3 and wins.
If Nakamura had only had 2 seconds left Kramnik might conceivably have played on, but with 15 seconds it would have been downright insulting.
Rook and pawn versus rook endgame
0713403543 - Rook Endings by Grigory Levenfish; Vasily Smyslov
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