“The Lucena position is one of the most famous and important positions in chess endgame theory, where one side has a rook and a pawn and the defender has a rook. It is fundamental in the rook and pawn versus rook endgame. If the side with the pawn can reach this type of position, he can forcibly win the game… The position is named after the Spaniard Luis Ramirez de Lucena (c. 1465 – c. 1530), although he did not analyze it or publish it.”
Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia
Last week we were looking at a position which led to a won endgame. We stopped at move 48 where instead of playing the winning move 48… f3, I started to wander around chasing pawns with 48… Rh3. Hopefully meantime you have managed to see the win and now you are curious to see what happened next.
It took me about 40 something moves to have a clear win after missing the easy one at move 48. What can we learn out of it? Here are a few pointers:
1. Endgames are the ultimate challenge, true test of how good you really are
2. Anyone makes mistakes and the difference is made when you do not give up
3. You need to know where you are going
4. A plan on how to do it is a must
5. Recognize the destination when you reach it
One might find it extremely difficult to play like this, mentioning it really took another 46 extra moves until white resigned. I say the high number of moves is totally misleading. The guiding ideas, plan and destination were clear and nowhere nearly as complicated or overwhelming. Piece of cake, right?
Valer Eugen Demian