Angry Rooks

  • GM Gserper
  • | Jul 1, 2012

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: ).
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!


  • 2 years ago


    nice article

  • 3 years ago


    The fastest rook lift ever!

    I think itțs a good gambit.

  • 4 years ago


    TQ SIR...

  • 4 years ago


    Rook lift! Nice!

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

  • 4 years ago


    it is useful

  • 4 years ago

    NM flashboy2222

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

  • 4 years ago


    good article thank you

  • 4 years ago


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

  • 4 years ago


    nice article!

  • 4 years ago


    Try this!

  • 4 years ago


    really nice games

  • 4 years ago


    beautiful games. thanks

  • 4 years ago



  • 4 years ago


    nice games

  • 4 years ago


    Very useful article.

  • 4 years ago


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

  • 4 years ago


    Angry rooks are no match for angry birds

  • 4 years ago


    I like it. Hope I can use it.

  • 4 years ago

    NM dcremisi

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

  • 4 years ago


    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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