The Long Side/Short Side Principle in Rook Endgames | Beginner Level | GM Alex Ipatov
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Rook endgames are one of the most common and probably the most complex of all endings. There are a huge amount of theoretical positions and patterns, which makes it difficult for most of the chess players to remember all of them. However, some of these key positions occur very often in real games and if you know how to play or what plan to apply, you will increase your chances to win the game. Key positions like the Philidor, the Lucena or the Vancura positions should be studied, understood and even memorized, as sometimes you only need to know the technique in order to win or save the game. In this video, GM Alex Ipatov is covering a long side, short side principle in rook endgames..
– If you are on the defending side of the rook endgame try to keep your rook on the long side and your king on the short side.
– Make sure that you have three files between the defensive rook and the king. Otherwise the position is lost for the defensive side. Two files between the defensive rook and the king are not sufficient. The superior side would make the „triangle“ and win the position.
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