The idea featured in the position below is fairly common in rook endgames. BUT even though it’s fairly simple – you might miss it if you don’t know it well (particularly if you are low on time).
Black just played 1… Kc7 to prevent 2.Rc8+ followed by h8=Q.
- Could black have played a better move than Kc7?
- Can white force a win here?
The point is 2.Ra8 Rxh7 3.Ra7+ followed by 4.Rxh7.
Note that instead of 1… Kc7? black should have played 1… Kb7! Then white’s idea wouldn’t work and the game would be a draw.