Rook Endings in Practice

I dug out all the rook endings of mine I could find to show both typical positions and typical errors. Please note that these are not, therefore, models of technique, more like comedies of error!

The club player at his worst...


regis,d (1800) - knox,stuart (ian miles cup) (1950) [D32] rook ending: club, horrible lack of everything, 1983

1. c4 e6 2. Nc3 d5 3. d4 c5 4. Nf3 Nc6 5. cxd5 exd5 6. Bg5 Be7 7. Bxe7

[7. Bxe7 Ngxe7 8. e3 cxd4 9. Nxd4 Qb6 10. Qd2 ! ( 10...Nxd4; 11 exd4, 0-0; 12 Be2 and; 13 Bf3+= or 12 Bb5!? ) 10... Bg4 11. h3 Bh5 12. Bb5 O-O 13. O-O Nxd4 14. exd4 Nc6 15. Bxc6 ! 15... Qxc6 16. Qg5 !]

7... Ngxe7

[7... Ngxe7 8. e3 c4 9. Be2 O-O 10. O-O b5 11. Ne5 Nxe5 12. dxe5 Rb8 13. a4 b4 14. Nb5 Nc6 15. f4]

8. dxc5 Qa5

[8... d4 9. Ne4 O-O 10. e3]

9. e3 Qxc5 10. Rc1 Bg4 11. Be2 O-O 12. O-O Rad8 13. Qa4 Bxf3 14. Bxf3 Ne5 15. Rfd1 Nxf3+ 16. gxf3 Qb6 17. Qb5 Qxb5 18. Nxb5 Nc6 19. Rc5 a6 20. Nd4 Ne5 21. f4 b6 22. Rc7 Nc4 23. b3 Na3 24. Nc6 Nb5 25. Rb7 Nc3 26. Rd3 Ne4 27. Ne7+ Kh8 28. Rxd5 b5 29. Ra7 Rxd5 30. Nxd5 Nc5 31. Nc7 h5 32. Nxa6 Nxa6 33. Rxa6 g6 34. a4 bxa4 35. bxa4 Rb8 36. a5 Rb1+ 37. Kg2 Ra1 38. Ra7 Kg8 39. a6 Ra5 40. Kf3 Ra4

 

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41. e4

  I assumed this was a straightforward win, but... 41... Kf8 42. e5 Kg8 43. Kg3 Kf8 44. Ra8+ Kg7 45. Kf3 Kh7 46. Ke3 Kg7 47. f3 h4 48. Kf2 Ra2+ 49. Kg1 h3 50. a7 Kh7 51. Rd8

[51. Kf1 Kg7

[51... Rxh2 52. Rd8]

52. Ke1 Kh7 53. Kd1 Kg7 54. Kc1 Kh7 55. Kb1 Ra4 56. Kb2 Kg7 57. Kb3 Ra5 58. Kb4 Ra2 59. Kc5 Ra6]

51... Rxa7 52. Kf2 Ra3 53. Kg3 Kg7 54. Kg4 Re3 55. Rd1 Kh7 56. Rg1 Kg7 57. Rg3 f6 58. exf6+ Kxf6 59. Rxh3 Re2 60. Kg3 Ke6 61. Kg4 Kf6 62. f5 gxf5+ 63. Kf4 Kg6 64. Rg3+ Kf6 65. Rg5 Rxh2 66. Rxf5+ Kg6 67. Rf8 Ra2 68. Re8 Ra1 69. Re6+ Kf7 70. Kf5 Ra5+ 71. Re5 Ra3 72. f4 Ra4 73. Kg5 Ra1 74. Rb5 Ra6 75. Rb7+ Kf8 76. f5 Ra1 77. f6 Rg1+ 78. Kf5 Rf1+ 79. Ke6 Re1+ 80. Kd7 Kf7 81. Rb6 1/2-1/2

 


regis,d (1800) - pope,s (club ch'p) [A36] rook ending: club, lack of attention, 1992

1. c4 c5 2. g3 g6 3. Bg2 Nc6 4. Nc3

[4. e3 soltis]

4... Bg7 5. e3 Nf6 ?! 6. Nge2 O-O 7. d4 cxd4 8. exd4 !? 8... d6 9. O-O a6 10. d5 ! 10... Ne5 11. b3 Rb8 12. Nd4 Ned7 13. Re1 Re8 14. Rb1 ?! 14... Qc7 15. a4 Nf8 16. Ne4 !? 16... Ng4 ?! 17. Ba3 Bf5 ?! 18. Nxf5 gxf5 19. Bb2 (Sealed: R 19.Qf3) 19... Ne5 20. Ng5 b5 21. cxb5 axb5 22. axb5 Rxb5 23. Qh5 Neg6 24. Bxg7 Kxg7 25. Qf3 !?

[25. Nf3]

25... h6 26. Nh3 Reb8 27. Qxf5 Rxb3 28. Rxb3 Rxb3 29. Nf4 Nxf4 30. Qxf4 Ng6 31. Qd4+ Kg8 32. Be4

 

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[32. Ra1]

32... Qc3 ?!

[32... Ne5 33. Ra1 Ra3 34. Rxa3 Qc1+ 35. Kg2 Qxa3 36. f4 Qa2+ 37. Kh3 Qc4]

33. Qxc3 Rxc3 34. Bxg6 fxg6 35. Rxe7

 

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35... Rd3 36. Re6 Rxd5 37. Rxg6+ Kh7 38. Re6 h5 ?! 39. Kg2 Kg7 40. Kf3 Kf7 41. Re4 Kg6 42. Ke3

 

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42... Kg5 ?!

[42... Kf6 43. Rd4 Re5+ 44. Kf3 Ke6 when it's still a fight]

43. Rd4 Re5+ 44. Kf3 Re6 45. Rd5+ Kg6 46. Kf4 Rf6+ 47. Ke3 Re6+ 48. Kf3 Rf6+ 49. Kg2 Re6 50. Kh3 ! 50... Rf6 51. f4 Kh6 52. Kh4 Kg6 53. Rg5+ Kh7 54. Rxh5+ Rh6 55. Rxh6+ Kxh6 56. Kg4 Kg6 57. Kf3 1-0

 


woodruff,dg (1725) - regis,d (somerset vs. devon) (1855) [A26] rook ending: club level, black lost courage, 1995

1. c4 e5 2. Nc3 Nc6 3. g3 g6 4. Bg2 Bg7 5. d3 d6 6. Nf3 f5 7. O-O Nf6 8. Bg5 h6 9. Bd2 O-O 10. Nd5 Be6 11. Ne1 Rb8 12. Nc2 Ne7 13. Nxf6+ Rxf6 14. Bc3 g5 15. Kh1 Ng6 16. d4 Bxc4 couldn't see why not! 17. dxe5 Nxe5

[17... dxe5]

18. Bd5+

[18. f4]

18... Bxd5+ 19. Qxd5+ Rf7 20. Rad1 Qd7 21. f4 Ng6 22. Bxg7 Kxg7 23. fxg5 hxg5 24. Nd4 Ne7 25. Qf3 c5 26. Nc2 Rf6 27. Ne3 Rbf8 28. Nd5 Nxd5 29. Qxd5 Qc6 30. Rf3 Qxd5 31. Rxd5

 

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we embarked on a long endgame from this point which I never felt happy

  with; I have thrown in some speculative lines in the notes

31... b5

[31... Kg6 32. Rfd3 Re8 33. Rxd6

[33. e3]

33... Rxe2 34. Rd2 Rxd6 35. Rxe2 b5 -+]

32. Rfd3 Re8 33. Rd2 Ree6

[33... Re5 34. Rxd6 Rxd6 35. Rxd6 Rxe2 36. Rd5 Rxb2 37. Rxc5 Kg6 -+]

34. b4 cxb4

[34... c4 35. Rxb5 c3 36. Rc2 Re3 37. Rb7+ Rf7]

35. Rxb5 Re4 36. Rb2 Kg6 37. R5xb4 Rxb4 38. Rxb4 Re6 39. Rb2 Kf6 40. Kg2 Re4 41. Rd2 Ke5 42. h3 a5 43. Kf2 d5 44. Rd3 Ra4 45. Re3+ Kd6 46. a3 f4 47. gxf4 Rxf4+ 48. Kg3 d4 49. Rd3 Re4 50. Kf3 Kd5 51. Rb3

[51. e3 Rxe3+ 52. Rxe3 dxe3 53. Kxe3 Kc4 54. Ke4 Kb3 55. Kf5 Kxa3 56. Kxg5 Kb3 57. h4 a4 58. h5 a3 59. h6 a2 60. h7 a1=Q 61. Kg6 -+ not all forced, I admit 61... Qh8]

51... Rf4+ 52. Kg3 Kc4 53. Rb8 Re4 54. Kf3 Rf4+

[54... Re3+ looks good 55. Kg4 Rxe2 56. Kxg5 d3 57. Rd8 d2 58. h4 Kc3 59. h5 Re5+ 60. Kg4 Rxh5 61. Kxh5 Kc2 62. Rc8+ Kb3 63. Rd8 drawn]

55. Kg3 Kc3 56. Rb5 Re4

 

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draw agreed - White: 20min, Black: 2min left

[56... Re4 57. Rxg5

[57. Kf3 Re3+ 58. Kg4 Rxe2 59. Rxa5 d3 60. Kf3 Re1 -+]

57... Rxe2 58. Rxa5

[58.Rd5 a4 59. Kf3 d3 60. h4 Re1 61. Rc5+ Kd4 62. Rc8 d2]

58... d3 59. Rd5 d2 60. Kg4

[60. h4 Re3+ ?

[60... Re1]

61. Kf4 Rd3 -+]

[60. Kf4 ! 60... Re1 61. h4 d1=Q 62. Rxd1 Rxd1 63. h5 Kd4 64. h6 Kd5 65. Kf5 Rf1+ 66. Kg6 Ke6 67. h7 Rg1+ 68. Kh6 Kf7 69. h8=N+ Kf6 70. Kh7 Rg4 71. a4 Rh4+ 72. Kg8 Rxa4 73. Kh7

[73. Nf7 Ra8+ 74. Kh7 Kxf7 75. Kh6 Ra5 76. Kh7 Rh5#]

73... Rg4 74. Nf7 Kxf7 75. Kh6 Kf6 76. Kh5 Re4 77. Kh6 Rh4#]

60... Re1 61. h4 d1=Q+ 62. Rxd1 Rxd1 63. h5 Kd4 64. h6 Ke5 65. Kg5 Rg1+ 66. Kh5 Kf5 winning!]

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lane,pc - regis,d rook ending: club play, managed a win, 1995

1. d4 g6 2. c4 d6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 Nc6 5. Nge2 e5 6. d5 Nce7 7. Ng3 h5 8. Bd3 h4 9. Nf1 f5 10. exf5

[10. f3]

10... gxf5 11. f3 Nf6 12. Qc2 c6 13. Ne3 f4 14. Nf5 Nxf5 15. Bxf5 cxd5 16. Bg6+ Kf8 17. cxd5 Qa5 18. Bd2 Nxd5 19. Qb3

[19. Nxd5 Qxd5 20. Rd1 suggested by PL immediately after: 20...Qc5? 21 Qb3! +- 20... Qxa2 21. Bb4 Be6 22. Qe4 Qb3 23. Rxd6 Kg8 24. O-O]

19... Be6 20. Qxb7 Rd8 21. Nb5 Qb6 22. Qxb6 axb6 23. Ke2 h3 24. g4 fxg3 25. hxg3 Bh6 26. Rad1 Ke7 27. Be4

  we later suggested 27 Kf2 as better

27... Bxd2 28. Rxd2 Nf6 29. Bb1 Bc4+ 30. Bd3 Bxa2 31. Ke1 Bd5 32. Bf1 Bxf3 33. Rxh3 Rxh3 34. Bxh3 Bc6 35. Nc3 Rg8 36. Kf2 Ng4+ 37. Ke2 Nf6 38. Kf2 Ng4+

[38... d5 ! 39. Bg2 Ke6 40. Bh3+ Kd6 41. Rd3 d4 is simpler and safer; analysing on the night I missed the strong ...d4]

39. Ke2 Nh2 40. Rd3 e4 41. Nd5+ Bxd5 42. Rxd5 Rxg3 43. Bf5 Rg2+ 44. Ke3 Ng4+ 45. Bxg4 Rxg4 46. Rb5 Ke6

 

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47. Rxb6

[47. Kd4 ! may be better]

47... Ke5 48. Rb8 Rg3+ 49. Kf2 Rf3+

[49... Rd3 !? 50. b4 Kd4]

50. Ke2 d5 51. b4 Kd4 52. b5 Rb3 53. b6 e3

[53... Rb2+ is more likely to tempt an error? 54. Kd1 Kd3 55. Ke1 e3]

54. b7 Rb2+ 55. Kf1 Kd3

[55... Rb5 56. Ke2 Rb1 57. Re8 Rxb7 58. Rxe3

 

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58... Rb2+ 59. Kf3 Rh2 60. Re8 Kd3 61. Rd8 d4 62. Rd7 Rh8 63. Rc7 Rf8+ 64. Kg2 Kd2 65. Rd7 d3 66. Rd6 Ke2 67. Re6+ Kd1 68. Rd6 d2 69. Rd7 Rf4

all like the game but with the d-pawn not the e-pawn - the 'bridge' is easier and the wK is on the long side]

56. Rd8 Rb1+

  PL missed this one

57. Kg2 Rxb7 58. Rxd5+

 

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58... Ke2 !

  I did wonder about ...Ke4 but PL was not impressed... This is of course better, giving Lucena's win, but Black didn't half make heavy weather of it. The wK is well-placed on the 'short side'

59. Rd8 Rg7+

  an important finesse

60. Kh3 Rf7

[60... Ke1]

61. Kg2 Rf4

  you can tell Black can remember about 'building a bridge' but this is too early!

62. Kg3 Rf7 63. Re8 Rf3+ 64. Kg2 Rf5 65. Rd8 Ke1 66. Re8 e2 67. Re7

[67. Re7 Rf2+ 68. Kg1 Rf1+ 69. Kg2 Kd2 is trivial... 70. Rxe2+]

67... Kd2

[67... Rd5 looks much simpler 68. Kf3

[68. Ra7 Rg5+ 69. Kh2 Re5 70. Kg2 Kd2 71. Ra2+ Ke3 72. Ra3+ Kf4]

68... Rd3+ 69. Kg2 Kd1]

68. Rd7+ Ke3 69.

Re7+ Kd3 70. Rd7+ Ke4 71. Re7+

  we've got all this way but something's still not quite right...

71... Kd3

[71... Re5 72. Rxe5+ Kxe5 73. Kf2 ...penny dropped!]

72. Rd7+ Ke3 73. Re7+ Kd2 74. Rd7+ Ke1 75. Re7 Rf4 76. Kg3

[76. Ra7 Rf2+ 77. Kg1 Rf1+ 78. Kg2 Kd2 +-]

76... Rd4 77. Kg2 Kd2 78. Kf2 Rf4+ 79. Kg3 Rf1

  a tough game!

80. Rd7+ Kc3 0-1

 


regis,d - walker,jn (exeter vs. teignmouth) [C33] rook ending: club, lack of theory, 1995

1. e4 e5 2. f4 exf4 3. Bc4 d5 4. Bxd5 Nf6 5. Nc3 Nxd5

[5... Bb4 book]

6. Nxd5 Qh4+ 7. Kf1 Bg4 8. Nf3 Bd6 9. d4 O-O 10. Bxf4

[10. e5 c6 11. Nxf4 Be7 12. Be3 Bxf3 13. Qxf3 Re8]

10... Bxf4 11. Nxf4 Qe7 12. Qd3 Nc6 13. c3 Rad8 14. Re1 Rfe8

[14... f5 15. e5

[15. h3]]

15. h3 Bxf3 16. Qxf3 Na5 17. g4

[17. Kf2 Nc4 18. Nd3 ?

[18. Re2 ! 18... c5 19. Nd5 Qg5 20. Qf4]

18... Nd2]

17... Nc4 18. Rh2 c5 19. d5 Qf6 20. Qf2 Nxb2 21. Qxb2 Qxf4+ 22. Qf2 Rxe4 23. Qxf4 Rxf4+ 24. Rf2 Rxf2+ 25. Kxf2 Kf8 26. c4 b5 27. cxb5 Rxd5 28. a4 Rd4 29. Re5 Rxa4 30. Rxc5 Ke7 31. Rc7+ Ke6 32. Rb7 Ra3 33. Kg2 Kf6

 

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34. b6 ! 34... axb6 35. Rxb6+ Kg5 36. Rb5+ Kg6 37. Rc5 h6 38. Rb5 f6 39. Rc5 Re3 40. Rc7 Re5 41. Kg3 h5 42. Rc3

 

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42... hxg4 ?

[42... Kg5 gives more winning chances]

43. hxg4 Kg5 44. Ra3 g6 45. Rb3 Re4 46. Rb5+

 

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46... f5 ?

  really anything else would have been more worrying

47. gxf5 gxf5 48. Rb8 Re3+ 49. Kf2 Ra3 50. Rb4 f4 51. Rb8

 

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the basic draw: heading towards Philidor's position.
Clearly White has been steering for this since move 33!

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white,ir - regis,d (East Devon #1)

[B06] rook ending: club, all rook endings are drawn, 1994 1. e4 g6 2. d4 Bg7 3. Nc3 d6 4. Be3 c6 5. a4 Nf6 6. h3 Nbd7 7. Nf3 O-O 8. Qd2

[8. Be2]

8... e5 9. dxe5 Nxe5 10. Nxe5 dxe5 11. O-O-O Qa5

[11... Qxd2+ 12. Rxd2 Be6 13. Bd3 Rfd8 14. Rhd1]

12. Qd6 Be6 13. b4 Qd8 14.Qxd8 Rfxd8 15. Rxd8+ Rxd8 16. Bxa7 Bf8 17. Bc5 Bxc5 18. bxc5 Rd4 19. Bd3 Nd7 20. Kd2 Nxc5 21. Rb1 Bc4 22. Ne2 Rd7 23. Kc3 Bxd3 24. cxd3 Nxa4+ 25. Kb4 Nb6 26. Kc5 Nc8 27. Rb3 Kf8 28. f4 f6 29. Ra3 Ke7 30. g4 g5 31. fxe5 fxe5 32. Ng3 Ke6 33. Nf5 Rc7 34. Ra8 b6+ 35. Kc4

 

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35... Nd6+ 36. Nxd6 Kxd6 37. Rg8 b5+ 38. Kb4 Ra7 39. Rxg5 Ra4+ 40. Kb3 Rd4 41. Kc2 b4 42. Rg8 b3+

 

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43. Kc3 Rb4 ! 44. Kb2 Kc5 45. Re8 Kd4 46. Rd8+ Ke3 47. g5 Kf4 48. Rf8+ Kxg5 49. Rf5+ Kg6 50. Rxe5 Rd4 51. Re6+ Kf7 52. Rxc6 Rxd3

 

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