Chess Rook Endgames: 10 Rules You Must Know | Chess Lesson # 123

How is your Chess endgame technique? Well, after lesson # 123, you can say you have a good foundation when it comes to rook endgames. This is a tedious lesson, but it’s also crucial if you want to bring your Chess to the next level. Enjoy!

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  1. I would try to use rule 8 to win. I want my king on the queen side with the pawn majority. Start with Kf1 and get behind the rook with Re2. I would be happy to trade rooks and get my king closer to the queen side pawns. I am also thinking about Rf2 on the first move, cutting off the black king, because white's position has no obvious weaknesses with the rook guarding the second rank. Either way, I want my king on the queen side, and I would gladly trade rooks in the process.Great lesson, very helpful.

  2. I want more videos on openings like zchech pirc colle etc.

  3. Mikhail Tal: I prefer using my rook as a knight, keeping it infront of pawns and close to the opponent king

  4. Can you move the rook for a moment? I'm trying to read the rules 😃

  5. Well I've set the reminder on, but so far it has failed on me 100% of the time.

  6. I will put my rook at 5th line cut the black's king n then try to make passed pawn on queen side n force the black's rook to control the a/b lane so my king can across to my passed pawn
    Is that true?

  7. please, please, please, How KID deals with fried liver attack

  8. Personally I'd get my king closer to the majority pawns and then see if I can trade rooks. If not then I'll keep back rank issues for my opponent on my mind because if my king can get close enough my rook could slide in and finish the job. If that's not possible then I'll try to cut the opponent's rook and push my pawns, three against two should be winning

  9. Rule 6 is probably a rule I would easily forget. Mainly because I don't understand the reasons behind it.

  10. I don't know anyone, especially me, who doesn't need to do way more endgame study. Thanks, Robert.

  11. Just d lesson needed… This is very helpful…thank u…can u suggest a book that will teach us endgame principles like this?

  12. Thank you for the great lesson i have been 1500 rapid on lichess for a while and now i am 1780 in about 2 months listening to your lessons ! You are a great teacher !

  13. Here's another example of why you are the best chess tutor on YouTube! This was a really valuable lesson and so well done

  14. Number 5 was very helpful to me. But 2 and 3 also.

  15. Sacing the rook to get connected passed pawns on 6th rank is just wonderful. I never thought about that in my games. Thanks a lot

  16. #5 and #9. I never knew 2 connected passes pawns on the 6th r better than a Rook. Makes perfect sense tho

  17. Dang, your instruction is excellent! What a great channel this is.

  18. Thank you for the great lesson this was one of the most instructive lesson i ve ever watched , i could calculate the 6th rank pawns but i didnt know from memory

  19. Thanks Rob! Where can we practice rook endgames besides in our own games? Any suggestion?

  20. Great stuff Robert. I have been following your lessons from 0 elo to almost 1600, so thank you for all the videos.

    I have been doing that one special tip where you finish a position after doing a puzzle. Whenever I get an endgame puzzle, I finish it against the computer. I don't know in what video you mentioned this tip, I think you should repeat it in future videos, because it's so good.

  21. Grandmasters are going to try to take you out for giving up the secrets

  22. Very Good Video Robert. Highlighting lots of my weaknesses as a Chess player. Didn't know rule 8. Which I put to use in the homework and won quite comfortably. Rule 2, unsure of. I still don't like giving pawns away in the endgame. Rule 5, I tend to miss these opportunities in a game. Rule 6, for me some example of why would be good. Often Rooks, Pawns, King, gets jammed in the centre in my games.

  23. Mr. Ramirez would you please turn on last move highlight in educational videos? I can see why really skilled players would want it off in game. Love the channel keep it up 🙂

  24. I drew some rook games and later realised they were winning oof 🤣

    Still stuck in the mid 1400s😖(rapid)
    Endgames are really important now, pushing after creating the passer is quite the handfull

  25. Great content, I am an 1900 FIDE rated player and am really enjoying your videos. Filling many gaps in my knowledge and reinforcing what I already knew. Very professional with great graphics. Keep it up. You have put a lot of work and energy into this. I hope you become an internet legend! Just one tiny suggestion. You are pronouncing the word ´majority´ slightly wrong. No big deal. Everyone understands you.

  26. In the last position I would try to activate my king first try to exchange the rooks then get my king to the queen side because these I have 3 vs 2 then I think I can convert this.

  27. at 21:40 I would push my h pawn because I don't wanna get into the philidor like he said, there is hope for black. If I push my h pawn to h4, and if black goes a5, then I will go Rh5+, and win the black a pawn. That's why I would go h4.

  28. Thank you sir, for this great rook endgame lessons and that endgame principles.👍🏻❤️

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