Monday, December 19, 2011

Rook+passed pawn can be stronger than Bishop+Knight

The closer to the endgame you get, the stronger the rook gets. Think about rook endgames. Their tendency to end in draw is due to the incredible strength of an active rook in the endgame. Therefore, a rook and a passed pawn can win against a bishop and a knight in certain cases. For example, if you have a rook and an a-pawn or an h-pawn, while your opponent's king is far away from your passed pawn, then a bishop and a knight will find it difficult to stop this passed pawn. Try to keep in mind that the rook grows stronger the fewer pieces are left on the board, and take this into consideration when you want to sacrifice two light pieces for a rook, or the other way around. Good luck in your games and keep us posted!