39 ( +1 | -1 ) Nice jobI guess it's posted to show that endgame knowledge is good after all (which is a lesson for us beginner types).
But a question, fleetdreams: why did you bring your Queen out so early? I didn't think that the Philidor defense called for this ... let me know if I was wrong. It seems like you lost some time at the beginning ... just curious.
102 ( +1 | -1 ) Like Jeff saidAround move 33 i think it was, I felt might be able to get the rook and pawn vs rook and remembered something about a specific formation that wins. Did a bit of searching and came up with the Lucena info.
I've lost plenty of end games which were 'mine' due to incorrect moves and this time came out on top.
I think made the right move at move 49 to ensure victory.
I quote David Surrat from his website www.chessville.com "This position, and ones similar in characteristic, are known as the Lucena position. The Lucena position is won for White, regardless of who is on move, and regardless of which file the pawn is on, except for the a & h files.
Why is this position so important to understand? Well, consider that rook endings are the most common in chess (accounting for nearly 60% of all endgames) and often a material imbalance of a mere pawn occurs which carries over to the endgame. Knowledge of this type of ending is essential to the practical chess player."
86 ( +1 | -1 ) this thread is within top 10google search results for lucena position.
more helpful info...
here is a quote from www.geocities.com/lifemasteraj/lucena_1.html This is the so-called "Lucena Position." You must know this position if you are going to master R+P endings!! (Virtually all R+P end-game knowledge is predicated on understanding this one endgame!)
the page had some good tips....
The first step is to check and drive the Black King away...
One of the first things to learn is a good general rule of thumb: In order for the side with the Pawn to win, the opposing King must be driven 2 files away! ...
Part of the technique. Find the promotion square for the pawn, and count five (5) rows back. This is the row where the White Rook must go to now!!...