How to Checkmate with a Rook & King | Chess Endgame Basics, Strategy, Moves & Ideas to Win

Checkmate with a Rook & a King in the Endgame – In this chess tutorial, I will show you a simple step-by-step method to win this endgame quickly within 20 moves. The strategy is to use your rook & king to restrict your opponent’s moves, avoid stalemate and finally mate the white/black king on any side of the board. In this chess video, you will learn an easy & probably the best method to win the king & rook vs king endgame. Here are some basic tips:
1. Understand key concepts such as opposition, mating patterns, zugzwang & waiting moves
2. Drag your opponent’s king to an edge of the board by using the idea of restriction
3. If you have the opposition, you can mate him straight away with your rook
4. If you don’t have the opposition, play waiting moves & drag him to a corner
5. Follow with your king & avoid stalemate
6. And finally Checkmate your opponent with the rook within 50 moves to avoid a draw

0:00 Basic Chess Endgames – King & Rook vs King
0:18 King & Rook Checkmate Pattern
0:52 How to checkmate when the king is on the side of the board?
1:25 Zugzwang & waiting moves
2:32 How to drag the enemy king to a side of the board?
5:43 A Faster Way to checkmate
6:43 King-Rook Endgame Test – Chess Puzzle

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  1. King to c6
    (Black's king forced move: a7)
    Rook to a5

    That's a CHECKMATE!!!

  2. Your videos have been helping my chess skills a lot


  4. The puzzle answer is-
    1. Kc6 | Ka7
    2. Rb6 | Ka8
    3. Kc7 | Ka7
    4. Rc6 | Ka8
    5. Ra6#

  5. Rb3, Ka7, Kc6, Ka8, Kc7, Ka7, Ra3 Check Mate.

  6. Came here fuming after timeout vs insufficient material

  7. Thank you very much chess talk my sister always says that there can't be a checkmate by King and rook in endgame but today I checkmated her with king and a rook

  8. White- RB2 Balck-KA7 White-KC6 Black-KA8 White- KC7 Black- KA7 Black- RA2 Boom! Checkmate

  9. what if black king moving right and left everytime doesn't make the this pattern 🤣🤣🤣 I don't know what i can do

  10. rb1, kc6, kc7, ra1 checkmate, unless they hang checkmate after rb1.

  11. Kc6, kc7 , kc7, kc8 , waiting move with our rook , king is forced to move to kc8, and we deliever a mate

  12. first you play a waiting move which makes your rook closer to your king (Rb1) now you put black in zugzwang if black king moves to a5 then rook a1 is checkmate but if black king to a7 then you move your king c6 keeping knights distance away from the black king now it is black turn if he moves to a6 then rook a1 is checkmate but if he moves to a8 then you king to c7 again keeping knights distance away from the king now since it Blacks turn his only legal move king to a7 and rook a1 is a stunning checkmate

  13. Could probably teach an octopus to play chess. Wouldn't that be fun, Instead of playing engines.

  14. Ah yes, it brings me memories about my first tournament

  15. Thank you very much my teacher always angry me but now they dont bc of your teaching 😊

  16. The test solution is:
    1. Kc6, Ka7
    2. Rb6, Ka8
    3. Kc7, Ka7
    4. Rc6, Ka8
    5. Ra6 And that's a check and mate.

  17. we can mate whit 2 rooks one in the file and rowes

  18. I always become a draw when this happen thank you for telling me

  19. Literally it’s my game but don’t know how to do checkmate with rook & simply game draw 😢

  20. Excellent instruction and clarity in this endgame technique.

  21. I was about to defeat the stronger player but unfortunately ended up with a stalemate!

  22. The first move of white is Rook to b1
    If black plays King to a5 ,then Took to a1 is a checkmate
    If black plays King to a7 , then we move our King to b6
    And then if black moves to a6 ,Room to a1 is a checkmate or the black moves to a8 , we move King to b7
    And black muct play King to a7 and we play Room to a1


  23. Even though this is over a year ago it is still very helpful. You do a great job of explaining the steps to checkmate the opponent very clearly.

  24. Rb1, if the black king face our king then its checkmate in 1 move (ra1) if he keeps runing ka7, kc6, ka8, kc7, ka7, ra1 mate.

  25. I think he is just so awesome at teaching chess

  26. i just lost a queen and king endgame becuase i forgot this
    i am about to explodeeee

  27. This rough with my 800ms ping too many moves for clock

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