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Endgame: Rook and Bishop vs. Rook
Compiled by waddayaplay

The database shows a win in 35% of cases; 63.7% ends draw.

Unlike a Rook and Knight vs Rook, this endgame can be tricky, and even grandmaster sometimes err in finding the correct method of defence.

If the defending King is forced to the edge of the board, the risk of a checkmate is great. In general a position when the kings are in opposition which can not be immediately walked out of, results in a loss.

Some theorists have argued whether the stronger opponent can indeed force the oppononents king to the edge of the board.

The first known analyze of the endgame was made by Philidor in 1749.

The grandfather of wins
Duras vs Z von Balla, 1912 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 95 moves, 1-0

Lasker holds the draw
Tarrasch vs Lasker, 1908 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 119 moves, 1/2-1/2

In some positions it isn't a draw
Nimzowitsch vs Reti, 1928 
(A28) English, 62 moves, 1-0

Bronsteins gets tired and errs after 30 moves
Smyslov vs Bronstein, 1949 
(A54) Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3, 93 moves, 1-0

Gligoric has gotten nowhere after 45 moves
Gligoric vs E E Book, 1952 
(D47) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 114 moves, 1/2-1/2

Korchnoi never lets his opponents off easily
Korchnoi vs Tal, 1956 
(A19) English, Mikenas-Carls, Sicilian Variation, 132 moves, 1/2-1/2

Gufeld errs after eigth moves
Gufeld vs Andersson, 1974 
(B44) Sicilian, 96 moves, 0-1

Not even if you get to try for 100 moves...
I Nikolic vs G Arsovic, 1989 
(E95) King's Indian, Orthodox, 7...Nbd7, 8.Re1, 255 moves, 1/2-1/2

Sax is satisfied after seven moves.
Sax vs V Kovacevic, 1982 
(B05) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 70 moves, 1/2-1/2

90 moves weren't enough either
Chernin vs Kupreichik, 1987 
(A10) English, 164 moves, 1/2-1/2

Polgar errs after 12 moves
I Novikov vs Polgar, 1991 
(E70) King's Indian, 91 moves, 1-0

Draw until move 115
P Carlsson vs G Burgess, 2002 
(B03) Alekhine's Defense, 132 moves, 1-0

Volkov wins against a GM in 54 moves
Nijboer vs S Volkov, 2005 
(C05) French, Tarrasch, 171 moves, 0-1

Karpov wins against nr #40 in the world
Karpov vs Van Wely, 1998 
(A31) English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation, 133 moves, 1-0

Karpov defends all 50 moves
Karpov vs Radjabov, 2003 
(E92) King's Indian, 113 moves, 1/2-1/2

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