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Endgame lessons: R endings Copy Enhanced
Compiled by fredthebear

notyetagm provided 8 games, and Akavall provided 5 games to this collection. Thank you notyetagm and Akavall!

* Ten Typical Endgames:

* Here's a list of 101! Game Collection: Instructive rook endings

* Various: Game Collection: Endgames-the essential stuff.

* Feb-09-12
ray keene: nimzos best endgames
v lasker zurich 1934
v spielmann carlsbad 1929
v lundin stockholm 1934
v maroczy bled 1931
v henneberger winterthur 1931
v thomas frankfurt 1930
v sultan khan liege 1930
v marshall berlin 1928
v reti berlin 1928
v alehine ny 1927
v tchigorin carlsbad 1907
and for a joke entry duras v nimzo san sebastian 1912 !!

What Is Life?
by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Resembles Life what once was held of Light,
Too ample in itself for human sight?
An absolute Self an element ungrounded
All, that we see, all colours of all shade
By encroach of darkness made?
Is very life by consciousness unbounded?
And all the thoughts, pains, joys of mortal breath, A war-embrace of wrestling Life and Death?

Riddle: Which three letters can frighten a thief away?

Answer: I C U.

PinkFaerie5 wrote:
Jokester Jester Balances Himself on a Ball

Jokester Jester balances himself on the tip of a ball. Some of the maids in waiting whispered he would indeed fall. He was super confident, because he had mastered this trick. It was one of his specialties, his name was Balancing Nick.

The king was not impressed, he rolled his hazel eyes instead. Then he said in a most severe voice "Off with his head!" The maids in waiting were astounded. They stopped tittering now. "I am kidding!" The king told them with annoyance. "Don't have a cow!"

"He who takes the Queen's Knight's pawn will sleep in the streets!" - anonymous

"Two passed pawns on the sixth rank beat everything up to a royal flush." - GM Ian Rogers

"Three connected passed pawns on the 5th-rank also can't be stopped by a lone rook."

Proverbs 26
Berean Standard Bible

1 Like snow in summer and rain at harvest,

honor does not befit a fool.

2 Like a fluttering sparrow or darting swallow,

an undeserved curse does not come to rest.

3 A whip for the horse, a bridle for the donkey,

and a rod for the backs of fools!

4 Do not answer a fool according to his folly,

or you yourself will be like him.

5 Answer a fool according to his folly,

lest he become wise in his own eyes.

6 Like cutting off one's own feet or drinking violence

is the sending of a message by the hand of a fool.

7 Like lame legs hanging limp

is a proverb in the mouth of a fool.

8 Like binding a stone into a sling

is the giving of honor to a fool.

9 Like a thorn that falls into the hand of a drunkard

is a proverb in the mouth of a fool.

10 Like an archer who wounds at random

is he who hires a fool or passerby.

11 As a dog returns to its vomit,a

so a fool repeats his folly.

12 Do you see a man who is wise in his own eyes?

There is more hope for a fool than for him.

13 The slacker says, "A lion is in the road!

A fierce lion roams the public square!"

14 As a door turns on its hinges,

so the slacker turns on his bed.

15 The slacker buries his hand in the dish;

it wearies him to bring it back to his mouth.

16 The slacker is wiser in his own eyes

than seven men who answer discreetly.

17 Like one who grabs a dog by the ears

is a passerby who meddles in a quarrel not his own.

18 Like a madman shooting firebrands

and deadly arrows,

19 so is the man who deceives his neighbor

and says, "I was only joking!"

20 Without wood, a fire goes out;

without gossip, a conflict ceases.

21 Like charcoal for embers and wood for fire,

so is a quarrelsome man for kindling strife.

22 The words of a gossip are like choice morsels

that go down into the inmost being.

23 Like glaze covering an earthen vessel

are burningb lips and a wicked heart.

24 A hateful man disguises himself with his speech,

but he lays up deceit in his heart.

25 When he speaks graciously, do not believe him,

for seven abominations fill his heart.

26 Though his hatred is concealed by deception,

his wickedness will be exposed in the assembly.

27 He who digs a pit will fall into it,

and he who rolls a stone will have it roll back on him.

28 A lying tongue hates those it crushes,

and a flattering mouth causes ruin.

71 Rf4-f8! draws by Philidor but Adams misses it(!) and loses
Adams vs Dreev, 2007 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 73 moves, 0-1

Sutovsky wins fine rook ending with extra pawn from reloader
Sutovsky vs Sakaev, 2001 
(C14) French, Classical, 63 moves, 1-0

Geller's 71 Kf5-e5?? throws away a drawn rook ending to Fischer
Geller vs Fischer, 1970 
(D79) Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O, Main line, 72 moves, 0-1

Leko missed win after win after win in this rook ending
Leko vs Carlsen, 2008 
(B76) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 64 moves, 1/2-1/2

Fischer "easily" wins a rook ending with extra pawn vs Smyslov
Smyslov vs Fischer, 1970  
(D79) Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O, Main line, 46 moves, 0-1

"In every tournament someone loses a drawn rook ending."
Gelfand vs Mamedyarov, 2009 
(E10) Queen's Pawn Game, 56 moves, 1-0

75 ... a4-a3?? allows rook intercept 76 Rf7-f4+, 77 Rf4-h4
A Rakhmanov vs D Gochelashvili, 2010 
(A48) King's Indian, 81 moves, 1-0

Spanish, Exchange. King's Bishop Var (C68) 1/2-1/2 Desperado Rs
E Schallopp vs Blackburne, 1887 
(C68) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, 42 moves, 1/2-1/2

Capablanca and Fine both missed 40 h5! and the h-pawn promotes!
Capablanca vs Fine, 1938 
(E34) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation, 42 moves, 1/2-1/2

"Saavedra Revisited" (game of the day Nov-30-2016)
Svidler vs Topalov, 2006 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 67 moves, 1-0

please don't just repeat other's emotionally charged non-sense
Svidler vs Topalov, 2007 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 48 moves, 1-0

QGD. Chigorin Defense. Main Line Alekhine Var (D07) 0-1
V Malaniuk vs Morozevich, 1994
(D07) Queen's Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense, 63 moves, 0-1

Successful White swindle in drawn Rook and P ending
Grischuk vs Ivanchuk, 2011 
(C02) French, Advance, 44 moves, 1-0

link to video analysis
Y Hou vs Koneru, 2011 
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 97 moves, 1-0

QGD. Cambridge Springs Var (D52) 1-0 Notes by Stockfish
Marshall vs Teichmann, 1904 
(D52) Queen's Gambit Declined, 58 moves, 1-0

4 Knts Spanish (C49) 0-1 Strategic Masterpiece, Classic R EG
Janowski vs Rubinstein, 1907 
(C49) Four Knights, 78 moves, 0-1

Underpromotion to avoid stalemate - move 77
Alapin vs Rubinstein, 1908 
(C20) King's Pawn Game, 78 moves, 0-1

Rook Endings by Levenfish and Smyslov
Duras vs Capablanca, 1913 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 75 moves, 0-1

QGD: Modern Var. Normal Line (D55) 1-0 ready for the bridge
Vidmar vs P Krueger, 1914 
(D55) Queen's Gambit Declined, 84 moves, 1-0

The Immortal Draw, 1922
Alekhine vs Reti, 1922 
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 59 moves, 1/2-1/2

Build Up Your Chess 1 Fundamentals by Artur Yusupov, p.129, cha
Capablanca vs Ragozin, 1936 
(E22) Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann Variation, 63 moves, 1-0

Game 90 Capablanca's Best Games by Harry Golombek
Capablanca vs Eliskases, 1936 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 54 moves, 1-0

King's English. Four Knights General (A28) 1-0 Rs ending passer
E Richter vs Tartakower, 1948 
(A28) English, 78 moves, 1-0

Understanding Rook Endgames by Karsten Müller, Yakov Konoval
Korchnoi vs Karpov, 1978 
(D35) Queen's Gambit Declined, 71 moves, 1-0

70....Rxg6 = as 71.fxg6 stalemate and Philidor's position other
A Blees vs Plachetka, 1985 
(E54) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, 70 moves, 1-0

Spanish Game: Exchange. Keres Var (C68) 1-0 Promotion race
M Hebden vs G Lane, 1993
(C68) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, 56 moves, 1-0

Semi-Slav Defense: Stoltz Var (D45) 0-1 blindfold
Van Wely vs Kramnik, 1999 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 60 moves, 0-1

Magnus wins an "equal" rook ending against Ponomariov
Ponomariov vs Carlsen, 2010 
(D86) Grunfeld, Exchange, 100 moves, 0-1

KIA Dbl Fio e5 strong point vs French Def (A07) 0-1 pin robbing
V Jorquera Cabello vs E Barbosa, 2014 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 80 moves, 0-1

Usually, bishop, knight and pawn defeat a solitary rook.
A Makarenko vs Z Abdumalik, 2015 
(C86) Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack, 72 moves, 1/2-1/2

Alekhine Def: Modern. Larsen Var Miles Line (B04) 1/2 Dbl Rs
F Berkes vs D Yuffa, 2018 
(B04) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 83 moves, 1/2-1/2

English, Symmetrical. Anti-Benoni Var Spielmann Def (A33) 1/2-
Dubov vs Vachier-Lagrave, 2020 
(A33) English, Symmetrical, 69 moves, 1/2-1/2

Italian Game: Classical. Giuoco Pianissimo (C53) 0-1 missed 1/2
Grischuk vs Nakamura, 2020 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 64 moves, 0-1

French Def: Rubinstein. Fort Knox Var (C10) 0-1
M Hebden vs K Arkell, 2021 
(C10) French, 50 moves, 0-1

Catalan Opening: Open Defense (E04) · 1-0
Goryachkina vs Z Tan, 2019 
(E04) Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3, 62 moves, 1-0

Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Wormald Attack (C77) 1/2-1/2
Tiviakov vs Timoshenko, 1991 
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 73 moves, 1/2-1/2

French Def: Classical. General Var (C14) 1-0 KEG annotates!
Marshall vs L Rosen, 1900 
(C14) French, Classical, 62 moves, 1-0

Sicilian Def: O'Kelly Var. Venice System (B28) 1-0 tpstar knows
Nepomniachtchi vs V Artemiev, 2020 
(B28) Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation, 59 moves, 1-0

Black has to watch out for stalemate trick of 69...Rg4?
Timman vs Karpov, 1988 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 69 moves, 0-1

Start @30: Sac rook to create distant passed pawn
Lombardy vs Fischer, 1960 
(B54) Sicilian, 43 moves, 0-1

100 Chess Masters Trade Secrets by Andrew Soltis, #5
J Bruehl vs Philidor, 1783 
(C23) Bishop's Opening, 47 moves, 0-1

Karsten Mueller analyzes pp. 239- 240 Understand Rook Endgames
E Dyckhoff vs Eliskases, 1930 
(E21) Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights, 85 moves, 0-1

Sicilian, Najdorf. Main Line (B99) 1-0 Black missed the draw.
B Ivanovic vs de Firmian, 1983 
(B99) Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line, 64 moves, 1-0

25...Rxd3! uses the pin to force a won endgame
Gheorghiu vs Gligoric, 1965 
(D91) Grunfeld, 5.Bg5, 35 moves, 0-1

Indian Game: Knights Var. General (A46) 1-0 Support outside pas
M Hebden vs G Fish, 2001 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 52 moves, 1-0

Italian Game: Classical. De la Bourdonnais (C53) 1-0 R vs P
Staunton vs Horwitz, 1846 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 72 moves, 1-0

Italian Game: Two Knights Defense. Fritz Var (C57) 0-1
Bogoljubov vs Rubinstein, 1919 
(C57) Two Knights, 60 moves, 0-1

Pirc Defense: Classical. Schlechter Var (B08) 1-0 blitz
Kamsky vs Tkachiev, 2008 
(B08) Pirc, Classical, 50 moves, 1-0

P-Q4 Barry Attack. Gruenfeld Var (D02) 1-0 R cuts off K
D Pira vs M Hebden, 1987 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 61 moves, 1-0

Game 254 Chess Informant Best Games 201-300
Karpov vs Korchnoi, 1978 
(C82) Ruy Lopez, Open, 61 moves, 0-1

Spanish Game: Classical. Modern Main Line (C64) 1/2-1/2
Klovans vs H Hecht, 2005 
(C64) Ruy Lopez, Classical, 60 moves, 1/2-1/2

Semi-Slav Def. Meran. Lundin Var (D47) 1-0 Pick your ending
Botvinnik vs N Minev, 1954 
(D47) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 91 moves, 1-0

Scotch Game: General (C44) 1-0 Converting advantage in R ending
Blackburne vs Francis Sheehy Skeffington, 1903 
(C44) King's Pawn Game, 44 moves, 1-0

Gruenfeld Defense: Exchange Var (D85) 1-0 Two video links
Karjakin vs Grischuk, 2014 
(D85) Grunfeld, 54 moves, 1-0

Spanish Exchange. Alekhine Var (C68) 0-1 Classic R endgame
H Mattison vs Rubinstein, 1929 
(C68) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, 38 moves, 0-1

Q+R vs. Q+R, then R vs. R.
Fischer vs Matulovic, 1967 
(B47) Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation, 41 moves, 1-0

Borg Def: Borg Gambit (A40) 1/2-1/2 Keep your R on the attack!
Frederic Tinguely vs Aldric Laure, 2019 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 55 moves, 1/2-1/2

London System (D02) 1-0 Rooks & Pawns ending
Schlechter vs Kostic, 1911 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 47 moves, 1-0

This was undoubtedly one of the best games of the match
Kasparov vs Karpov, 1986 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 58 moves, 0-1

Loose Pieces Drop Off, including Rooks
V Mikenas vs Alekhine, 1939 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 54 moves, 1/2-1/2

Horwitz Def: General (A40) 1-0 Watch Black blow it bigtime.
C Koepke vs A Berelowitsch, 2005
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 64 moves, 1-0

QGD: Normal Def (D35) 1-0 Black Ra2 is overworked
S Swartz vs V Bansal, 2006 
(D35) Queen's Gambit Declined, 45 moves, 1-0

Too many pawns, too little time. 2R vs. R+6P.
Blackburne vs Steinitz, 1876 
(C45) Scotch Game, 66 moves, 0-1

the so-called Cochrane Defense: 96...Re1!
Ljubojevic vs Portisch, 1982 
(B99) Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line, 127 moves, 1/2-1/2

Sicilian Def: Scheveningen. Classical (B84) 1/2 It's winnable
Glek vs N Guliyev, 2019 
(B84) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 71 moves, 1/2-1/2

King's English. General (A20) 1/2-1/2 K went the wrong way
A Mista vs Navara, 2012 
(A20) English, 59 moves, 1/2-1/2

Caro-Kann Def: Advance. Botvinnik-Carls Def (B12) 0-1
Shirov vs Karpov, 1996 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 84 moves, 0-1

"The Game to End All Games" (game of the day Jun-26-2017)
Alekhine vs Capablanca, 1927 
(D51) Queen's Gambit Declined, 82 moves, 1-0

R+P vs. R
Staunton vs Saint-Amant, 1843 
(C24) Bishop's Opening, 89 moves, 1/2-1/2

Great RRN vs RRN endgame.
S Maduro vs E Kpodo, 2012 
(B33) Sicilian, 65 moves, 1-0

QGD: Semi-Tarrasch Def (D40) 1-0 R ending
Carlsen vs Nepomniachtchi, 2022 
(D40) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 51 moves, 1/2-1/2

Spanish Game: Exchange. Gligoric Var (C69) 1/2-1/2
Fischer vs Smyslov, 1967 
(C69) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation, 40 moves, 1/2-1/2

French Defense: Exchange Var (C01) 1/2-1/2 Mad Rook
D Smerdon vs Justin Tan, 1995 
(C01) French, Exchange, 73 moves, 1/2-1/2

Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Archangelsk Var (C78) 0-1
G Tringov vs H Liebert, 1968 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 70 moves, 0-1

Philidor Defense: General (C41) 1/2-1/2 R ending
C Bauer vs I Ivanisevic, 2003 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 69 moves, 1/2-1/2

Queen's Gambit Declined (D30) 0-1Instructive R play benefits Ps
Saint-Amant vs Staunton, 1843 
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 66 moves, 0-1

Carlsen vs Azmaiparashvili, 2005 
(D35) Queen's Gambit Declined, 55 moves, 1-0

Another rook-and-pawn masterpiece by Capablanca.
Capablanca vs A Kreymborg, 1910 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 49 moves, 1-0

Classic example of 4 vs. 3 rook ending.
Capablanca vs Yates, 1930 
(D63) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 87 moves, 1-0

Ponziani Opening: Jaenisch Counterattack (C44) · 1/2-1/2
Tseitlin vs V Romanchenko, 1981 
(C44) King's Pawn Game, 65 moves, 1/2-1/2

Blumenfeld Countergambit: Dus-Chotimursky Var (E10) 1/2-1/2
Saemisch vs Spielmann, 1922 
(E10) Queen's Pawn Game, 57 moves, 1/2-1/2

Sicilian Def: Wing Gambit. Abrahams Var (B20) 0-1 STUDY EGs
A Jakubiec vs T Oral, 1994 
(B20) Sicilian, 65 moves, 0-1

KID: Fianchetto. Panno Var (E63) 1-0 a-pawn promotion
M Konopka vs T Oral, 1994 
(E63) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation, 76 moves, 1-0

The game move 79.Ra4! is the only winning move. (Q vs R EG)
D Gurevich vs I Gurevich, 1992 
(A15) English, 94 moves, 1-0

Kupchik vs Capablanca, 1913 
(D25) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 60 moves, 0-1

Zukertort Opening: Sicilian Invite (A04) 1/2-1/2 Rule exception
Kashdan vs R Smirka, 1925 
(A04) Reti Opening, 80 moves, 1/2-1/2

Semi-Slav Def: Main Lines (D45) 1-0 Use the Vancura technique
A Simutowe vs D Hersvik, 2001 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 75 moves, 1-0

Game 100 from On My Great Predecessors 1 (Kasparov)
Capablanca vs Tartakower, 1924  
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 52 moves, 1-0

...and the importance of space in the endgame. R+B vs. R+B.
Harrwitz vs Morphy, 1858 
(A84) Dutch, 54 moves, 0-1

Rook Endings (1989) by Grigory Levenfish, Vasily Smyslov
Szabados vs Reshevsky, 1950 
(D78) Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6, 105 moves, 1/2-1/2

Closed Sicilian vs Hippopotamus (A00) 0-1
P Dankert vs G Sigurjonsson, 1979 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 74 moves, 0-1

Queen's Gambit Declined: Traditional Var (D30) 1/2-1/2
G Orlov vs A Panchenko, 1986 
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 60 moves, 1/2-1/2

A simplyfying combination, then a model Rook & Pawn ending
V L Wahltuch vs Capablanca, 1919 
(D05) Queen's Pawn Game, 51 moves, 0-1

Queen's Gambit Declined: General (D30) 1-0 Candidate passer
S Kourkoulos-Arditis vs V Nevednichy, 2021 
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 64 moves, 1-0

Sicilian Def: Nezhmetdinov-Rossolimo Attk (B30) 1-0 R pairs
Tartakower vs Barcza, 1948 
(B30) Sicilian, 87 moves, 1-0

Spanish Game: Exchange. Bronstein Var (C69) 1-0 Instructive EG
R Hess vs J Becerra Rivero, 2009 
(C69) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation, 44 moves, 1-0

Loewenthal vs Morphy, 1858 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 80 moves, 0-1

62...? is interesting
Rubinstein vs A Selezniev, 1920 
(E20) Nimzo-Indian, 70 moves, 1-0

principle that 2 connecting pawns on the 6th rank is stronger t
Lilienthal vs Ragozin, 1935 
(E24) Nimzo-Indian, Samisch, 47 moves, 0-1

French, Winawer. Retreat Var Armenian Line (C18) 1-0 promotion
H Grieve vs V Tsay, 2018
(C18) French, Winawer, 70 moves, 1-0

QGD: Exchange. Positional Var (D35) 1/2-1/2 video
Aronian vs Dominguez Perez, 2023 
(D35) Queen's Gambit Declined, 103 moves, 1/2-1/2

+1 -4 =6 vs. Kasparov (Candidates Semifinal, London)
Kasparov vs Korchnoi, 1983 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 52 moves, 0-1

French Def: Steinitz Var. Gledhill Attk (C11) 0-1 "Reti Made"
Bogoljubov vs Reti, 1923 
(C11) French, 42 moves, 0-1

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