When I trade off to a rook ending, I'm not able at all to win this. On the contrary, in most variations I manage to lose. I have no clear picture what to do in this position. It is a side-variation from the game in the book, which means that I'm left on my own.
This is the position:
White to move.
The plus pawn looks promising.
I went to my endgame books for advice, but they only treat endings that are much closer to theoretical endgames.
This is the advice I could distill from my 16 endgame books:
- Play actively, often even at the cost of material.
- Trade the rooks when the remaining pawnending is won.
This advice is very flimsy. Even more since "actively" isn't exactly defined.
It's obvious I hit the same wall as Takchess.
It is pretty amazing that there aren't any books which treat the most important part of the game. There are two options that arise:
- Study rookendings from annotated mastergames. But then again, when you try to play this out against the computer you will hit the very same wall when the computer deviates from the book. The only thing you can hope for is that the annotations give some clue what to head for.
- Think for myself.