Endgame # R-7

(1) Endgame # R-7

A near-Philidor position - the Black king controls the queening square, but the Black rook does not control the sixth rank. Still Black can draw by 'passive defense': 1...Rf8 [ In the case of a knight pawn 'active defense' loses: 1...Rg1? 2.Kg6+- Kf8 3.Rb8+ Ke7 4.Rg8 Rg2 5.Kh7 Kf7 6.g6+ Kf6 7.Rf8+ Ke7 8.g7 Rh2+ 9.Kg8 and White has reached the Lucena position.] 2.g6 Ra8 3.Rg7+ Kh8 [ 3...Kf8? 4.Rh7+- Ra6 5.Rh8+ Ke7 6.Kg7 and White will reach the Lucena position.] 4.Rh7+ Kg8= 1/2-1/2

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