Endgame # R-8

(1) Endgame # R-8

Another near-Philidor position. Against bishop or center pawns Black can draw by 'active defense' only: 1...Rf2 [ against bishop or center pawns 'passive defense' loses: 1...Ra8? 2.f6+- Kg8 3.Rg7+ Kf8 4.Rh7 Kg8 5.f7+ Kf8 6.Rh8+ ] 2.Kf6 [ 2.f6 Rg2+= Philidor's position - draw.] 2...Kg8 This is the key to the defense: the Black king goes to the 'short side' so that there is room on the 'long side' for the rook to check the White king. [ 2...Ke8? 3.Rb8+ Kd7 4.Rf8+- ] 3.Rb8+ Kh7 4.Rf8 Ra2 5.Re8 Rf2 6.Re5 Kg8 7.Ke7 Kg7= 1/2-1/2

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