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26a_Desperado rook (tactical motifs)
Compiled by whiteshark

<It is hard enough to remember my opinions, without also remembering my reasons for them! <~ Friedrich Nietzsche>>

No Sacrifice, No Victory!

<The Desperado Rook

<The dictionary defines "desperado" as "a bold or violent criminal." Whether the "desperado" Rook be a criminal or a hero depends on whether it's your Rook or your opponent's. Regardless, we will see him acting bold and violent in today's lesson.

A "desperado Rook" is a Rook that offers to sacrifice itself over and over again, in the hopes that the enemy King will capture the Rook. If the King ever does capture the Rook, the game will end in a draw by stalemate.>>

Game Collection: Crazy Rooks and Game Collection: Stalemate! and Game Collection: Rambling Rooks

When you're about to lose the game, sometimes a glimmer of hope appears in the form of a stalemate. Your last mobile piece--a rook--hurls itself at the enemy king screaming "take me!" (User: Sneaky)

External sources/samples:

Nimzo's chance
E Post vs Nimzowitsch, 1905 
(D07) Queen's Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense, 98 moves, 1/2-1/2

E Schallopp vs Blackburne, 1887 
(C68) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, 42 moves, 1/2-1/2

Kramnik vs Leko, 1997 
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 54 moves, 1/2-1/2

Matulovic vs Suttles, 1970 
(B06) Robatsch, 77 moves, 1/2-1/2

O Chajes vs R B Estera, 1913 
(A84) Dutch, 55 moves, 0-1

Janowski vs Gruenfeld, 1925 
(A47) Queen's Indian, 66 moves, 1/2-1/2

QR:RRpp - Q:Rp
Aronian vs Ivanchuk, 2011 
(E00) Queen's Pawn Game, 101 moves, 1/2-1/2

Cmilyte vs Lagno, 2012 
(D82) Grunfeld, 4.Bf4, 58 moves, 1/2-1/2

2 Desperados for a stalemate
W Fairhurst vs T H Tylor, 1929 
(E60) King's Indian Defense, 38 moves, 1/2-1/2

Huebner vs Salov, 1989 
(B62) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, 60 moves, 1/2-1/2

Q sac + 2 Desperados for a stalemate
Beliavsky vs L Christiansen, 1987 
(E00) Queen's Pawn Game, 38 moves, 1/2-1/2

K Wockenfuss vs Andersson, 1977 
(B10) Caro-Kann, 88 moves, 1/2-1/2

Radjabov vs Karjakin, 2014 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 48 moves, 1/2-1/2

Jobava vs Y Bayram, 2002 
(A39) English, Symmetrical, Main line with d4, 71 moves, 1/2-1/2

After 80.Rg7??
A Kazarian vs A Haast, 2017 
(B32) Sicilian, 86 moves, 1/2-1/2

Deserado Q
S T Sharp vs L Rosen, 1908 
(B01) Scandinavian, 59 moves, 1/2-1/2

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