A Fine Rook Endgame, Part 3

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I hope you’re ready for some very, very challenging endgame analysis! Today we’ll have what I think is the most difficult and interesting of my four posts on what I call the “Fine endgame”: rook plus 4 pawns versus rook plus 3 pawns, with the stronger side enjoying an outside passed pawn (usually on the […]

Chess Ratings: Online vs Over-The Board

By CEO National Master Evan Rabin A few years ago, I had an adult private student who was unrated and was about to play his first tournament, The Manhattan Open. He was rated 1600 on Chess.com and asked me if he should play in the U-1600 section or the U-1400 section. I surprised him when …

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A Fine Rook Endgame, Part 2

Last time I introduced a new series of four posts about a very basic (but very difficult) rook and pawn endgame. It’s the endgame where one side (we’ll say White) is a pawn up, and that pawn is an outside passed pawn (we’ll say an a-pawn). As per the “Tarrasch Rule,” the best defensive position […]