White to play
Two not entirely random rook endings. The first is me playing White against Vincent Sagues (ECF 166; Elo 1904) from round three of last August's Hampstead Open. In the second I'm White against Ray Ilett (ECF 166; Elo 1885) from round four of the Hampstead u-2200 in October. And, yes, I did manage to win both.
66 f7+; 65 g7
I can't really be arsed to work out precisely how long it took to finally notch these two points, but I can tell you that the Sagues ending lasted 15 moves to Illet's 24 and, the time control including a thirty second increment each move, I ended up with more time than I started in both cases. Not very long and not that much effort required.
So why bother?
This sort of thing is a complete waste of time
If you want to be the best, if you want to beat the rest,
actually having to win this sort of ending is exactly what you need.
Me? I'm red pill all the way. Well, I am now. If I'd written this post last year, certainly back before I played a whole bunch of tournaments in the second half of 2011, my answer would probably have been different.
Anyhoo, enough about me. What about you?
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