Originally posted by RamnedWhich books did you use to study rook endings? Which did you find the most useful?
I have won / avoided losses on several games because I dedicated around 30-50 hours of studying Rook v Pawn Endgames. Because I mastered the Lucena Position, I have been able to pull of Lucena victories when they come (which is not rare). I have had a few philodor draws. I have won games where my opponent could have drawn, but did not know how to.
Perhaps ...[text shortened]... sive study; otherwise I doubt I would have sacrificed rook for bishop.
Originally posted by skimsI've so far only used Silman's Complete Endgame Course. While it is a pretty nice book, it does not go in very deep for rook endgames. It only shows you 1-2 examples for each lesson (ton of lessons in the book) Then again, I have not yet finished the book. It has NOT been my primary source for endgame study. Do not expect it to suddenly make you a master of endgames, but reading a lesson everyday from it will lend you some tricks you've never known before. Overall very useful 'catalogue'
Which books did you use to study rook endings? Which did you find the most useful?
Originally posted by passedpawn22for rook endings you need to do 3 things:
well played ending. Just like in life, you need to know where you are going before you go there (or in other words have a goal). Knowing your endgames helps you to know where you want to go, what position you are trying to create. Then it's just a matter of technique on how to create it. Players who don't know will just bounce around trying to calc ...[text shortened]... ys to the plan will normally come out on top. This is how it is in business, chess, and life.
Originally posted by Mephisto2Yes I was really ticked off to find I missed a 1-move checkmate. How embarrassing.
Too bad you missed 34. ... Qxh3#
Also, after 64. ... Kb5, 65.Rd1 is enough to draw, although it remains technical.
Originally posted by searcy1977all games on club level and above are won because of hours put in and not innate brilliance. books are not the only way to study though.
I recently won a game in which the final ten moves were based on a tactical theme from chessimo software and an endgame technique from silman's book. Inspired from this, I attempted to convince friends and loved ones that studying chess was not a complete waste of time- to no avail. Just wondering- does anyone have an example of games like that- but bette ...[text shortened]... ance at my rating)- where a position was won because of hours put in and not innate brilliance.
Originally posted by RamnedA little tip that has gained me countless points:
Yes I was really ticked off to find I missed a 1-move checkmate. How embarrassing.
And the draw, while possible, I believed too difficult for him to find in his time pressure. Not a good game for me, a sloppy win.
Recalling that position, I recalled analyzing it as he would take on move 33 with his rook, because I think I saw that checkmate if he d ...[text shortened]... : 3 seconds. I still had 21 minutes on the clock.
Maybe I should hit up some more tactics
Originally posted by RomanticusYeah that's true and it applies also in openings. Whenever your opponent plays a move in opening that you have never seen before then it is your job to prove that the move is bad.
A little tip that has gained me countless points:
whenever your opponent makes a surprising move [b]spend extra time on the position.
Especially if you saw a tactic and his unexpected move seems to be something you overlooked.Spend time to see if the tactic doesn't work in another way or if it allows another tactic.[/b]