Rook endgames are the most common type of endgames there is in the game of chess. These endgames take place in about 50% of all games. If you are a tournament chess player and wish to improve your results in future, the rook endgame is something to look at more deeply. Rook endgames are not something that can be played intuitively; there are many positions where you need to make ‘strange looking’ or ‘counter-intuitive moves’ to win or draw the game.
What’s so special about the endgames? One of the greatest chess players of the past Mr. Capablanca suggested that one should start learning chess from studying endgames. First, a player should start with simple endgames with just a few pawns present on the board and then move on to more complex and sophisticated ‘piece’ endgames. Mr. Capablanca believed that a player should study an endgame first, prior to studying opening or the middle game, since it is possible to master this part of the game without knowing opening or a middle game. However, opening and the middle game cannot be studied separately from the endgame and so the endgame should be a priority thing.