Kenilworth Kibitzer

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Friday, June 19, 2009

 

Rook endgames for GMs

As an exercise, try out the following position (Black to move), with these questions  in mind:
1.  Is this a win for White or a draw?
2. What plan gives White the best chances?
3. What plan gives Black the best chances?

For those who want to see the game continuation check out Portisch-Petrosian 1974, 12th match game.  I'll go over some ideas later on (before I do I'll comment on an unusual game at the club last night).   

As a bonus question, what if the pawn is on a4 instead, with the rooks on the a-file?



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