Endgame King and Rook versus King
In this endgame you have king and rook and the opponent has a king only. You are a rook up and must be able to win. This is one of those basic chess positions every real chess player knows.
How to do it?
|The Opposition||The Cut-Off|
|The Waiting Move with Rook||The Checkmate|
|If you would give check now playing Ra8+ the king would move out of the cut-off zone going to g7. If you go into opposition with your king playing Kf6 then black king goes direction center playing Ke8.|
All this is useless and achieves nothing. For that reason you make a WAITING MOVE with the rook! (Example: 1.Rc7)
After this the black king must go to g8 or he will get checkmated, so after 1.Rc7 Ke8? follows 2.Rc8++ mate. After 1...Kg8 you follow up with your king playing 2.Kf6 driving the king into the corner from which he has to bounce back and get checkmated afterwards.
Now it is your Turn - Play and Win
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