100 Endgames You Must Know.
Yes, I know. Geekiness beyond all measure. Akin to Jerry and George debating the relative merits of Magellan and DeSoto as their explorer of choice, but there you are. I have a favourite theoretical rook and pawn position and it’s the one you see at the head of today’s blog.
*. Whatever the truth of things, it’s everywhere I look now. De la Villa, Emms, Korchnoi, Speelman (Analysing the Endgame), Fine (Basic Chess Endings), Levenfish and Smyslov (Rook Endings). Any endgame book worth the paper, it seems. Or DVD for that matter - it's on Nick Pert's Killer Endgames II as well.
What’s so special about it? I’m not so sure I can say. I know one thing, though: I like it so much more than Ending 58.
* A discrepancy possible explained by a slightly different starting position. Korchnoi/Euwe begin with the White rook on d1 and Black’s on a2. From there 1 Rg1 would be a simple win so with Black to move first play continues 1 … Ra7+, 2 Rd7 at which point 2 … Ra8 brings us to where we came in.