Chess Endgame: How to Checkmate with a Rook


This video illustrates one of the basic checkmates in chess, showing how to checkmate with a king and rook.

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  1. While I agree with an earlier comment that there are many videos already on checkmating with a K and R, I think in general endgame play (at least what I've seen) is poor, since almost everyone simply resigns before a game is played to completion. I therefore encourage you to make more videos on endgame play, perhaps pawn structures or Ns and Bs, things of that nature. As always, thanks for your hard work, yours are the chess videos I enjoy the most!

  2. @chessenthusiast Thanks for the feedback. 🙂

  3. thanks jerry, I really appreciate you making these videos for us.

  4. @AcePro I disagree, say you are white and heavily down on time, say only with 2-3 seconds left, black would continue to play hoping you'll lose on time, so you'd want to know how to checkmate as quick as possible.

  5. Line the king and check ! thank you so much for sharing your knowledge

  6. Wouldn't it just be better to instead of lining your kings up when you move up, to just move to one of the squares next to it, one that is closer to your rook so that you avoid the waiting move altogether. If he tries to move toward your rook then he is lining himself up for a check, if not then you are chasing him to the edge without the waiting move there. At least that is what i do.

  7. Either way nice vid always fun to hear you explain chess techniques.

  8. There where some alternate moves to that you did not mention, which would of been easier to learn for the dumb people

  9. Hey Jerry, I recently started playing chess and I'm slowly learning how to not suck so bad. Your awesome videos are what made me pick up the game in the first place and I've learned nearly everything I know about it from watching your tutorials and game breakdowns. In saying that, I still suck so bad at this game. I was check mated 36 times in a row playing Chess Titans on it's easiest setting. But today, I FINALLY WON A GAME. using THIS strategy after only watching the video last night. Thanks!

  10. Wont this just be a stalemate and not accually checkmate.

  11. I just drew a game because I was not able to do this. I'm prepared for the next time!

  12. i got draw because i didn't know that… 🙁

  13. I just drew again with rook and king. I mated once but drew twice. I will try this next time.

  14. Instead of lining up your king when you move up, just put your king 1 square aside, and that will speed up the process.

  15. what if d enemy king keeps on repeating its position to and fro ? As in it doesnt run away to the edge of the board( at 2:35 mins) and just repeats d moves like e6 to e5 den  e5 to e6  den e6 to e5 nd keeps repeating…  any solution?

  16. Damn it! I drew a game because I didn't remember how to do this

  17. This was very clear and helpful. I hope my opponents did not watch this.

  18. seems harder with 15 sec left 10..9…8…7…6…5…

  19. This is a great R & K vs K checkmating tutorial.

  20. Can you make a video there you play as defender? I think defending in the hard part in chess.

  21. This doesn't work because it will be a draw because there r too many moves so then it is a draw

  22. @ 3:00 yeah, you don't have enough checking distance but you can play the best move which is Rc6 which forces the black king to move only inside of those four corner squares. It will be mate in 3 or 4.
    Once the black king moves anywhere in those 4 corner squares, you should move the King Kb6 to limit the black kings mobility to two squares. For example if black king moves to Kb8, then (Rc6-Kb8 Kb6-Ka8 Rc8!#) Then if black moves to a8, then (Rc6-Ka8 Kb6-Kb8 Rc4-Ka8 Rc8!#) we would need to make a waiting move using the rook by placing it anywhere in the c-file then after the king moves back to the only square he can be which is a8, rook will deliver checkmate by Rc8.

  23. Thanks. Just played an online opponent, and had gone a rook up. But I haven't played an end game for 20 years plus. I had forgotten how to do this.

  24. I've always used the box method, protecting my rook with my king. Does that work too, or are my opponents just bad?

  25. In my opinion you don't want to line the kings up as if you go left or right one space, you don't have to do the waiting move, for example, at 2:41 , better move would be Kc5 as black would go Ka7, then Kb5, Kb7, and Rh7, repeat.

  26. I usually dont promote to a queen when king + pawn vs king ending just because I love this checkmate. Also a bad use of a queen might give a stalemate while its almost impossible to give stalematr with rook and king

  27. That must be the slowest way to mate with a rook that I ever saw….

  28. thanks, i had to watch during a game on chess. com haha and i won

  29. I often promote to a rook if I am against a lone king, because it is almost no way to mess up and get a stalemate with the rook.

    Edit: It looks cooler too. 😛

  30. But what if black also has a rook? I got stuck in a position where I had a rook, and my opponent also had a rook, so we called it a draw.

  31. This is so distorted. This aspect ratio is what keeps me up at night.

  32. Thank you for this! I've been practicing Rook endgames all day and this made it click immediately!

  33. Amazing I have been analysing engine but got your point

  34. Its super easy to checkmate with 2 rooks

  35. It's makes you wonder how many people don't know how to do this. Cause most people with the king would just resign.

  36. Man, I'm 1900 rated but still messed up a win because I forgot the mating net in this case (time pressure maybe).

  37. I drew 2 games because I didn't know how to do this. Thank you. Now I know.

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