10 January 2011

Rook Endgame and "Building a Bridge"

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Today's chess video is dedicated to the chess endgame - and namely to the rook endings. The name of the video is "Rook Endgame and Building a Bridge." This chess video will show you in a visible way how to win some rook endings using the building a bridge techniques.

What is the building a bridge tactics in chess? This is a maneuver used by the stronger player in some rook endings (rook and pawn vs rook) to win the endgame. "Building a bridge" is using the rook to shield its own King from upcoming checks and promote the pawn.

It was the legendary Nimzovich who was the first to call this maneuver as "building a bridge." Building a bridge may be success only when the opponent King is apart of the pawn by 2 columns at least. To get the idea, you are recommended to see the next video.

The video in question is made up of 3 parts. Part I will propose you to win a rook ending position in "usual way." Part II will explain what is "building a bridge." Part III will show you how it works in real. To start the video, click the Play button below:

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It is better to see once than to hear 100 times. You have seen the video on rook endgame and on the building a bridge techniques that is used in the rook endgame. You should learn this tactics because the rook endings are the most common in the game of chess.