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 Subject: Chess Board Game - Should I offer a draw with my rook and King versus King only? Category: Sports and Recreation > Games Asked by: dewsbury-ga List Price: \$5.00 Posted: 16 Oct 2003 13:53 PDT Expires: 15 Nov 2003 12:53 PST Question ID: 267015
 ```I am at the closing stages of a game of chess. I have a rook and a king against my opponents King only. He suggests that I should offer a draw since neither of us can win. SHould I offer the draw or continue to try win the game.```
 ```Your opponent is very wise to offer a draw. But you wouldn't be so wise to accept it. Yes, it is possible to force a win with a king and a rook versus a king. Basically what you want to do force your opponent to the edge of the board. A checkmate will end up looking something like the following chart: .r..K... The capital K is your ........ opponent's king. The ....k... r is your rook and the ........ k is your king. It is ........ your opponent's turn, ........ but he/she is checkmated. ........ ........ This position (anywhere along the edge of the board) is the only way you can checkmate your opponent. Your rook must be in the same row or column as your opponent's king, and your king must be positioned in such a way that the opponent's king can't move into the adjoining row or column. There's a good explanation of how you accomplish that here: Learn to Play http://www.unichess.org/learn1.htm Search on the page for "types of checkmates" or scroll down about three-fourths of the way. The page explains how to win with just a king and queen, then explains how you use basically the same procedure with a rook and king. You can find another explanation here: Checkmating with a Lone Rook http://www.chesscorner.com/tutorial/basic/r_k_mate/r_k_mate.htm If you want to practice and have Java installed in your computer, you can go here: Rook and King vs. King http://www.mindspring.com/~jradin/Chess/PieceMate_Rook.htm If you play efficiently, you should be able to force checkmate in 15 to 20 moves. It also may interest you to know you can force a checkmate with two bishops and a king, or with a bishop and a knight and a king. But you can't force it with two knights. Bishop-Knight Simple Checkmate http://www.markalowery.net/Chess/Checks_Checkmate/Bishop_Knight.html Bishop Pair Simple Checkmate http://www.markalowery.net/Chess/Checks_Checkmate/Bishop_Pair.html Now go win that game! Best wishes, Mvguy-ga (who was on his high school chess team way back when) Google search terms used: "rook and king vs. king" ://www.google.com/search?q=%22rook+and+king+vs+king%22 chess "rook and king" ://www.google.com/search?q=chess+%22rook+and+king%22```
 dewsbury-ga rated this answer: and gave an additional tip of: \$2.00 `Excellent answer. Thankyou`