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7 Rook Endgame Positions Every Chess Player Must Know E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Monday, 25 November 2013 00:00

rook vs. rook endgamesEndgame is the final phase where many chess games are decided.  Majority of players focus primarily on opening preparation and attack training, disregarding the endings. They feel that studying  endgame principles is boring since there is no place for brilliant sacrifices and complex mating attacks.

Endgames may look simple in the eyes of an amateur player. Only strong players understand that nothing separates  a beginner from an experienced player  more than a good endgame technique. Rook endgames are the most common of all, so we will focus on them. Here is a list of 10 rook endings that  every competitive player must know how to play.

1. Pawn on 6th rank

2. Building the bridge

3. Pawn on 7th rank with a king in front

rook endgames

4. Pawn on 7th rank with a rook in front

5. Pawn on 6th rank with a rook in front (case 1)

6. Pawn on 6th rank with a rook in front (case 2)

Even the best grandmasters in the world have had to work hard to acquire the technique of rook endings.  -  Paul Keres

7. Pawn on 6th rank with a king behind

Recommended further Rook Endgame reading:

Write down a few lines in a comments line to tell me which of the 7 positions was the most common in your own games?


1. The Rook image is taken from Flickr and used under Creative Commons license

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0 #9 S.Mahmoud 2015-08-16 18:17
Pawn on 6th rank
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0 #8 martin 2015-08-07 04:04
When I am building bridge, why should I put rook 2 ranks under pawn? Why not just one rank under pawn?
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0 #7 STEVEN D JUNTUNEN 2015-08-05 15:06
I'm going to rate 3 thru 6 as most useful; I need all of them to understand R+P vs. R positions. Incidentally, if you type position 2, the famous "Building a Bridge" position, into your Nalimaov tables, Rf2 is a move quicker.
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0 #6 ssrao 2014-10-05 04:47
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-6 #5 iiumchessmaster 2014-05-04 09:16
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-4 #4 Kumar 2014-03-30 04:34
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-5 #3 Sukruth 2014-03-21 01:03
Thanks :)
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-4 #2 Alexei 2013-11-25 15:05
It's good... but I did not understand some of the positions too much...
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-2 #1 Amishet 2013-11-25 11:51
I use building a bridge often.
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