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Angry Rooks

  • GM Gserper
  • | Jul 1, 2012
  • | 11775 views
  • | 29 comments

Today we'll talk about a relatively common chess idea known as a "Rook Lift". When you do a Rook Lift, a Rook usually moves from the initial position to the third rank (or sixth rank for Black) and then jumps to the opposite side of the board almost like it was fired from a slingshot.

Here is a typical example of a Rook Lift:

Thanks to the Rook Lift, Black's attack was swift and decisive. As a matter of fact, the Rook Lift is one of the main ideas of the Budapest Gambit (we discussed this opening here: http://www.chess.com/article/view/openings-for-tactical-players-budapest-gambit ).
Even though in the majority of cases you lift your Rook from one side of the board to another, sometimes the Rook Lift is the quickest way to put your Rook on the open file in the center:
Here is a similar example:
In the next game Artur Yusupov proves that he has learned his lesson from the previous loss:
Sometimes a Rook Lift can happen even in an endgame:
In some cases you can lift your Rook even in the opening. The earliest Rook Lift I have ever seen happened in my own online game played with a time control of only 3 minutes for the whole game.
The Rook Lift is a very simple and yet powerful chess tool, so I hope you'll use it in your own games.
Happy Rook Lifting!

Comments


  • 6 months ago

    thegreatauk

    nice article

  • 8 months ago

    Mihaialin

    The fastest rook lift ever!

    I think itțs a good gambit.

  • 22 months ago

    GM_rudy

    TQ SIR...

  • 22 months ago

    StrategicPlay

    Rook lift! Nice!

    Just learnt a new term and a new way to play better. Thanks a lot! Smile

  • 22 months ago

    Tustin

    it is useful

  • 22 months ago

    flashboy2222

    is also a normal idea in th smith morra. ra7-d7, defending the d6 pawn

  • 22 months ago

    abekiroz

    good article thank you

  • 22 months ago

    Eternity_08

    Very good article. I also like to use this strategical weapon -- rook lifting.

  • 22 months ago

    nyLsel

    nice article!

  • 22 months ago

    Mihaialin

    Try this!

  • 22 months ago

    komouro

    really nice games

  • 22 months ago

    flyandalsoswim

    beautiful games. thanks

  • 22 months ago

    UG11

    awesommmme

  • 22 months ago

    leo5

    nice games

  • 22 months ago

    tsingh

    Very useful article.

  • 22 months ago

    a_player

    Nice article. Think it will be good to try in real games. Thank you

  • 22 months ago

    Gm_andrewfeng

    Angry rooks are no match for angry birds

  • 22 months ago

    yograjmatrx

    I like it. Hope I can use it.

  • 22 months ago

    F22Raptor

    good article about a particular tool of a strong chess player.

  • 22 months ago

    SherlockHolmes94

    Really helpful, I like to shift my castles to the e and d file after castling. However, I think "Rook Lifting" will be more surprising for my opponents and the opening. Laughing

    Thank you!

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