This post is about what may be the most important fundamental checkmate to master: King and Rook vs a sole King. In practice, this endgame appears when your opponent sacrifices his Rook against your remaining pawns: you now only have one Rook left to deliver the mate.
To be clear, this is also a must-win situation: one Rook is enough to deliver the mate whatever the starting position is. This checkmate is however slightly harder to execute, and this post is here to show you how to master it, step by step.
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Now let's start this lesson, in a few minutes, you will be comfortable with the Rook checkmate.
First, this is the type of position you want to achieve: