7 Rook Endgame Positions Every Chess Player Must Know

7 Rook Endgame Positions Every Chess Player Must Know

Endgame is the final phase where many chess games are decided. The 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

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?

Credits: The Rook image is taken from Flickr and used under Creative Commons license

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Updated 12.16.2023


Caution: example 4 would not work if the black king was on f7, which is an easy win for white due to the threat of Rh8
Yury Markushin:
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I only see starting position on every board
thanks a lot for your help, but the pawn on 6th rank,pawn on 7th rank, building the bridge pawn on 7th rank with king behind etc, am not contented
Thanks :)
It's good... but I did not understand some of the positions too much...
I use building a bridge often.