Want a higher rating? Get better at rook endgames! · Road to GM, Game 287

Rook endgames are by far the most important type of endgame, and are often decided by pure calculation. As opposed to minor piece endgames, where strategy and schematic thinking can be the most important factors, in rook endgames it’s about concrete lines.
This game is a perfect example of just how complex a rook endgame can be, even though it seems easily winning at first glance.

Golubovic Erik (1769) – Tomic Stjepan (2056)
Hvar Open, round 3
Caro-Kann, Accelerated Panov

1.e4 c6 2.c4 d5 3.cxd5 cxd5 4.exd5 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nxd5 6.Nf3 Nc6 7.Bb5 Nxc3 8.bxc3 Bd7 9.O-O e6 10.d4 Be7 11.Bf4 O-O 12.Re1 Bf6 13.Bd3 Rc8 14.Rc1 g6 15.Bh6 Re8 16.Bb1 Na5 17.Ne5 Nc4 18.Qf3 Nxe5 19.dxe5 Bg5 20.Bxg5 Qxg5 21.Be4 Bc6 22.Bxc6 Rxc6 23.Rb1 Qe7 24.g3 Rec8 25.Rb3 b6 26.Rd1 R6c7 27.Qd3 Qc5 28.Qe4 Qe7 29.Qd3 Rc5 30.Qd7 Qxd7 31.Rxd7 Ra5 32.a3 Rc4 33.Rd4 Rc7 34.f4 Kf8 35.Kf2 Ke7 36.Ke3 Rcc5 37.Kd3 h5 38.Ke3 Rc8 39.h4 Rac5 40.Kd3 f6 41.exf6+ Kxf6 42.Rd7 Rd5+ 43.Rxd5 exd5 44.Rb5 Ke6 45.a4 Rc4 46.a5 Rc5 47.Rb1 Rxa5 48.Re1+ Kf6 49.Re8 Ra1 50.Rf8+ Ke7 51.Rg8 Kf7 52.Ra8 a5 53.Kd4 Rd1+ 54.Ke5 Re1+ 55.Kxd5 Re3 56.Ra7+ Kf6 57.Ra6 Rxc3 58.Rxb6+ Kf5 59.Kd4 Rxg3 60.Rb5+ Kxf4 61.Rxa5 Kg4 62.Ke4 Kxh4 63.Kf4 Rg1 64.Kf3 g5 65.Kf2 Rg4 66.Ra3 Rb4 67.Kg2 Rb2+ 68.Kg1 g4 69.Rc3 g3 70.Rc4+ Kh3 71.Rc1 Rg2+ 72.Kh1 Ra2 73.Rb1 h4 74.Kg1 Rf2 75.Ra1 Kg4 76.Ra8 Rf5 77.Rg8+ Kf3 78.Rh8 Rf4 79.Rh7 Re4 80.Rf7+ Kg4 81.Rg7+ Kh3 82.Kf1 Ra4

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