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|Tue Apr 17 2018 6:48PM | edited: 7:50:58 | MsgID: 19783841|
Reyn, instead of 59.Rc5+ (last move before position 2), I would suggest 59.Kb3 and on the next move, 60.Rc1. The idea is to keep your rook on the c column to prevent the black king from getting any closer to your pawn. Then with the help of your king you escort the pawn up the column. Black's rook can't prevent this if it stays in front of the pawn (IMHO). The best bet for black might be to bring the rook behind the pawn and annoy the king with checks, in which case you might reach the famous "Lucena position". See
which shows the really cool method to win from there.
And if 59.Rc1 Rb8 (with the idea of annoying the king with checks from the front if the white king moves from behind the pawn) looks like 60.Rc5+ Kc4 61.Rh5 and 62.b5 makes progress as well, keeping the king on the wrong side of the 5th row. (I wish I had a board to move pieces around right now. What was I thinking, giving my opinion on a rook ending? :) )