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Monday, February 6, 2012

Endgame Training 7, gaining a tempo

Another Rook and Pawn endgame from my daily practice on ChessTempo.com. These are endgames which gave me trouble during the practice. I broke them down into steps to help remember them and post them to share with my fellow chess players. The solution is the shortest as verified by the endgame database. Comments are my own.

For those who wish to try this endgame training exercise, just copy and paste the following EPD into your favorite chess program:
5r2/7R/8/8/8/7k/6p1/4K3 b - -

P.S. I find that learning the EPD code makes it simple to save an interesting position when watching another game. For a quick introduction capital letters are White, Small letters are Black and numbers are empty squares. Ranks are separated by / & the first letter after indicates whose turn it is.

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