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In an OTB game recently I had an endgame of an edge pawn, wrong coloured bishop and rook vs a rook. Although I eventually won the game, my opponent maintained that with correct play, he should have been able to draw.
Earlier in the game I had the opportunity to simplify into a knight, bishop and rook vs rook endgame which I think is technically a win for me, but as I don't know the knight - bishop endgame, I made a concious decision to choose the former option.
My question is which endgame would you say is easier to win (for a player of my ability) and particularly can my opponent draw the first case with correct play?
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Both endgames are won "by technique". Usually, I'd say that R+B+N vs. R is easier, but since you don't know how to mate with B+N, then going to the other endgame was the correct choice :-)
By the way, Rook + Bishop + Knight can win even against a Queen in most cases. An example is given in Roycroft's "Chess endgame study: a comprehensive introduction"