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Champions’ Extraordinary Winning Ideas - Video 9 - Rook and pawns vs. 2 Pieces

Opening: C63, D43, A28: Ruy Lopez: Schliemann defence, Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, English

Player(s): Savic, Pap,Beliavsky, Dolmatov, Miles, Kindermann

Maybe it sounds a bit strange, as we know that such material correlation is usually in favor of the two minor pieces. Yes, usually. And there is a "catch." Because strong GMs know how to spot some exceptions to the rule, and then go for it! Of course, again, if you are not sure enough, don't go for it! So, what is the point? Why would you give your precious two pieces for just rook and pawn? Well, first of all, it is not a good idea to do this in the middlegame. Let's say rarely. If you want to go for this, it should be in the endgame, or in some transposition to an endgame. Also, we need a lot of room for the rook to operate: open files and ranks. Since it is not so easy to realize when it is good to do this and when it is not, check out the examples in this video! Of course, about this topic, one could write a whole book or two and make many hours of video material. GM Misa gives you ideas and hints in this exciting video.

Teacher's library (43) C63 D43 A28 Savic Pap Beliavsky Dolmatov Miles Kindermann game analysis

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