Originally posted by robbie carrobie
My last game ended like this, an exchange up for a pawn, i offered a draw as i could find nothing in the position, is there anything that I missed? I was black.
[fen]8/8/p1p1k3/3rBp1p/1P3P2/P5P1/2K4P/8 w - - 0 1[/fen]
Now is the time for you to get a good endgame book and study endings just as much (or more) than you study openings. Investing all the time you have into the game only to fail to put the game away at the end can be demoralizing.
The good news is that you are getting to positions like this, so it's just time for the next step!
There are a huge number of great endgame books now- Silman, Mueller, Panchenko, and Dvoretsky's are the best modern works, but I should also put in a plug for Flear- and his are easier to digest.
I also have a soft spot for Mednis, who may well be the best and most understandable writer among the lot.
If I only got one book, I would get Dvoretsky's Endgame Manual
. It is a huge meal of a book, and it must be sliced into morsels and chewed like a steak, not consumed whole.
The good news is that he does that for you, by putting the basic, essential information in blue type. You can play through the book's "blue portions" first, and then just go back later when you need more.
I also have a practice that works for me. I favor opening books based on the "complete game" format, and it is often useful to go to the last diagram of each game in the book, and just study how the game finished. This has the added benefit of showing you endings you will most likely see from the openings you play, which is more efficient.
You can also do this with an anthology of a player's best games, especially from player like Rubinstein and Karpov.
Chernev explicitly does this in his book Capablanca's Best Chess Endings
, but you can do it with almost any book.
Regarding the specific position, right off the bat ...c5 looks like a powerful pawn lever for black, no matter what white does. Your rook would become very active.