Learn the Lucena Position (The Shield) – Beginner to Chess Master #19

This is video #19 from the “Beginner to Chess Master” playlist. Rook and pawn endgames are the most popular type of endgames in chess. Of them, one of the most frequent types to arise in practice is known as the “Lucena Position”, or what many, myself not included, call “The Bridge”. Illustrated is a universal method to winning a key position type where the stronger side has an extra pawn and the king in front of it. Do you know what approach you can apply to the non-rook pawns that will lead you to success? Are you familiar with what I’m choosing to call a Shield?

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  1. All the Lucenas I’ve seen, the defending king is always off to the side. What if he’s out in front of the attacking king? e.g. Black K on g8, Black R on f1, White K on f6, White P on f5, and White R on b7. White to move. Can white win? My engine just has the white rook running around in circles.

  2. There's so much to say thank you for. This time, I'm gonna thank Jerry for having a link in the description to the full playlist. Little things like this make the world a better place. And this whole series is pure gold.

  3. I'm confident that my rating went up 50 points from watching this 20 minute video… Pretty good deal!! Thanks Jerry 🙂

  4. In the first position isn’t it easier for white to just get the Rook to g7 (Rh2-Rh7-Rg7) black doesn’t have any way to interfere with this right? And the took then shields the king to go to g8

  5. 7:56 Jerry what's wrong with Rd2, then Re2….stopping the black king and rook…then white Ke8 ?

  6. Hi Jerry! I have learned about the Lucena position from this video of yours when it first came out, back in 2016, and today was the day when I actually got to use this in a practical game! I won against a CM who wouldn't resign until the very end in a tough 5-hour game and 8:42 was the final position. Just wanted to say thank you! I have learned a lot from watching your videos and keep up the good work! Cheers!

  7. This is the best explanation I've seen of the Lucena. Thank you.

  8. I'm certain to forget all of this when I have this position in time pressure but thank you. I will try to remember it.

  9. Thank you so much so so instructive as very well explained

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