Rook And Pawn Endings Are Always Draws

There is a saying in chess that rook and pawn endings are always draws.

This is not true, but it is possible to get draws from difficult positions in such endings, if you play well.

In this week’s problem, White is threatening to play Rh5 and then promote his pawn.

How can Black draw the game?

The solution to last Monday’s problem is that White can draw with 1. Ke1 Kg3 2. Kf1 f3 3. gxf3 Kxf3 4. Ke1 Ke3 5. a4! and Black will have to allow a book draw, either with pawns on the rook’s file that he cannot promote, or an easily drawn King and Pawn ending after White plays axb5.

Steven Carr


Author: Steven Carr

I am 57 years old, and I am trying to improve my standard of play. From 1998 to 2012, I had a break from chess, playing very few games in that period. I now play more competitive chess and I currently have a English grading of 184. I hope to get a grading of over 200 one day. I normally play in the Merseyside League and play Board 1 for Wallasey.