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pbarts89 40 ( +1 | -1 )
Little help please! Can someone please take a look at board #302251 and let me know if I could have won this endgame. I can't imagine that this rook ending was a forced draw. I am more interested in analysis beginning at about move 45 (I need not be reminded of my magnificent blunder at around move 20.)

Thanks in advance,
zdrak 28 ( +1 | -1 )
Yes, you could have won until you played 47.h7?? and exchanged the h-pawn for the white a-pawn. There was no way to win with only the g-pawn.

The correct way to proceed was 47.Ra7+, and after the black king moves, 48.Kg6, followed by 49.g5.

The advance of both h- and g-pawns together with the king would lead to a white win.
atrifix 14 ( +1 | -1 )
For more information see the Philidor and Lucena positions. Any decent endgame book should have them, and you could probably find websites on them.
triangulator 16 ( +1 | -1 )
after 20 f5 why did you take the pawn I think you should have kept the Knight but mabye the pigs were just as good and yes after h7?? it was a draw but before you probably had a win
atrifix 5 ( +1 | -1 )
For a simpler win After 20. Nf6+ Kh8 21. Qf5 g6 22. Rh3 h6 23. Qg5 h5 24. Rxh5+ gxh5 25. Rd3 White wins.
atrifix 6 ( +1 | -1 )
Sorry That should be 25. Qxh5+ Kg7 26. Qg5+ Kh8 27. Rd3, although 25. Rd3 also does win.
pbarts89 38 ( +1 | -1 )
Thanks guys I appreciate the input on the endgame.

Yes I blew about 3 opportunities to force a win especially with some creative combinations as shown by artifix in the early stages of the middle game.

PS Good to see I'm still loved! Haven't posted in over two months and my orginal thread garnished me with three fresh minuses. Some people hold long grudges I guess! ;-P
sneaky 31 ( +1 | -1 )
very simple win 47. Ra7+ Kg8 48.Kg6 Kf8 49.h7 etc. (the threat of
course being Rxa2 followed by h8=Q)

or 47.Ra7+ Kf8 48.Kg6 Rg2 49.g5 Rh2 50.h7 etc.

A good rule of thumb for endgames is: the superior
side should try to keep pawns on both sides of the
board. This is true when you have an extra pawn or
two, or when your advantage is bishop vs knight, or
even R vs minor piece.