Chess Endgames: Checkmating with a Rook

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IM David Pruess explains how to checkmate with a King and Rook vs lone King, touching on important chess concepts such as Zugzwang and Waiting Moves along the way.


  1. I just stealmated with a rook and a bishop for nothing!!

  2. So obvious

    I just got to stalemate because my brain was too slow

  3. This doesn't have to be 10 minutes long

  4. This was really helpful I will never draw a game with a king and rook now thank you!

  5. I got so tired of trying that I offered if a draw which he refused because he was 3 minutes up in time. I got so embarrassed that I had to sack my rook to get a draw.

  6. there are only so many times you can chase a king around the board with rook/king before searching this video xD "ENOUGH" i say

  7. 1 minute on the clock to win. Drew on time.

  8. Lost one of my best games at this end game from the 50 move rule draw. Immediately watched this video and I hope to never have that happen again now.

  9. What happens if they just move their king back and forth to try and draw

  10. I forgot how to checkmate with a rook and drawed :/

  11. Im practicing this now and I’m literally failing every time. The black King keeps moving south and it throws everything off for me and I can’t get him to move up. This is so frustrating!!!

  12. After so many attempts I've finally mastered the way of check mating with only a rook and the king

  13. I'm here because I ruined my game because I can't figure out how to do this in time

  14. Can you use the same principle to checkmate with king and queen? I find it easier to stalemate with queen, so keeping a distance would make it easier

  15. I did exactly what you did and it didn't work

  16. this video is so useful for me, after watching this now I can handle the situation.

  17. I'm here because forgot how to after not being in the situation for a long time 😂… I drew😭

  18. bruh just put your king in front of his king whilst the rook is defending yours.

  19. Thanks I always went to stalemate 🤦‍♂️ pisses me off 🤣

  20. great video I could never do this but this video explained it very well hopefully should lead me to more wins in this postion instead of a draw

  21. i had 2 queens and he just had a king and i couldn’t get it

  22. I came here after my opponent failed to checkmate me with his rook and king.

  23. I was like 20 points up material, then I made a stalemate

  24. who came here after a draw with a King Rook

  25. I drawed a chess game district because of this i couldve been champion

  26. For some reason, i just randomly learnt how to do it the other way

  27. Why is this guy a better teacher than my college professors

  28. Getting to this video after getting a draw with this situation 😅

  29. Best Chess video. Very simply explained. Looking forward to watch more videos from this guy.

  30. This only works if your opponent doesn't know what they're doing and voluntarily puts themself on the back rank and in front of your king instead of just moving back and forth in the middle

  31. Is there any particular reason to why you don't use the box method

  32. Watching this video in anticipation that my game ends with me having king rook 😅 thanks for this

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