Sunday, November 22, 2009
Rook endings are hard!
Matt Pullin sets out to illustrate a "simple" position from Levenfish & Smyslov's classic Rook Endings. If World Champions go astray, what chance do we mere mortals have? (While the grandmasters' analysis is busted in the comments on YouTube, their general conclusion is upheld by the Nalimov tablebase--technical explanation for newbies.)
Do you need help? You'll find the Nalimov six-piece tablebase online at shredderchess.com. The initial position has seven pieces, so until the Black pawn on is captured, you'll have to use your brain.
Too hard for you? You're not alone!