A common ending…
Readers will have noticed that one of the tournaments that I have been recently following is the Montcada International Open in Catalunya, Spain (June 25 to July 3). Here is the final classification:
Montcada is part of the Catalan Circuit, a series of strong open tournaments held during the summer months. I remember that I spent almost my entire summer of ’91 playing in the circuit, even succeeding in winning it! It was hard work. Now a days I don’t have either the energy nor the ambition to try to win this tough championship, limiting myself-when I can-to one or two events just for the fun of it.
I have already presented many tactical examples from this year’s event, and now I would like to present a Rook and pawn ending that the reader might find interesting (and certainly valuable, from the practical point of view)
This exact kind of ending occurs thousands of times every year in master and grandmaster praxis. Every serious student of the game must learn how to draw this ending, with the inferior side ,as it is so common.
GM Shyam, Sundar M
GM Peralta, Fernando