Endgame Narrative: How to Pick Up a Rook with a Queen

Queen and king versus king and rook endgames are a bitch to play when the king is close to his precious rook. The amount of tactical moments that have to be heeded are so vast that construing an endgame narrative seems nigh impossible. So for the time being, I’ve abandoned the quest to master that endgame, and will tell you the story of its little cousin instead, the very easy and simple queen and king versus king and rook endgame when the king is far away from his precious rook. Are you ready? Once upon a time, a queen checked a king…

endgame_queenrookThis technique may come in handy in several endgames: check out Sacrifice for Check and Winning the Lucena with a Rook Pawn.

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