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Daily Chess Improvement: Must Know Endgame!

This is one of the must-know Rook and Pawn endgame. This is called the Lucena Position.

White to move. What is the plan?

The lucena endgame.............. 1.Re3+ Kd7

2.Re4 Kd6

3.Kf7 Rf2+

1.Re3+ Kd7
2.Re4 Rg2
3.Kf7 Rf2+
4.Kg6 Rb2
5.g8=Q Rg2+
6.Kf7 Rf2+
7.Kg7 Rg2+
8.Kf8 Rxg8

4.Kg6 Rg2+

5.Kh6 Rh2+

6.Kg5 Rg2+

7.Rg5 White stops the rook

It is important to note that the hard work is done at this point- white wins with every single move except the trivial Rh3 (draws) and Rf1 (loses). Equally efficient here would be 1.Rf4 followed by 2.Re4+.

Yancey Ward 1. Re3+ (cutting Black King off) Kd7, 2. Re4! (ready for the Lucena Bridge) Rf2, 3. Kh7 Rh2+, 4. Kg6 Rg2+, 5. Kf6 Rf3+, 6. Kg5! Rg2+, 7. Rg4 and White wins