Rook and Bishop vs Rook and Knight Endings
A Rook and bishop versus Rook and Knight endgame occurs where one player has a Rook and Bishop, and the opponent has a Rook and Knight, along with pawns (and Kings). Material is approximately equal with both players having Rooks, and the Bishop and Knight being about 3 pawns each. Hence, whichever side has the extra pawn has the advantage.
- Rook endgames (R vs R)
- Double rook endgames (2R vs 2R)
- Bishop vs Knight (B vs N)
- Rook vs Bishop and Knight (R vs B+N)
- Bishop endings (B vs B)
- Knight endings (N vs N)
R+B versus R+N endgames are complex with 4 distinct pieces. They have some of the characteristics of Rook endgames, since each player has a Rook. And they have some of the characteristics of “Bishop vs Knight endgames”, since the players have this pair of pieces too.
These R+B vs R+N endgames are sometimes called “Fischer endings” or “Karpov endings” because these two grandmasters became known for prowess in this specialized endgame.