The Rook on the Seventh

NM coolthing
May 24, 2015, 3:19 PM |

Q: Where is the best place for a rook?

A humurous player might answer this:










... or this for the opponent:



But the best place for the rook (not including a checkmating position) is the seventh rank. Why? Because all of the opponents pawns are sitting right there! In rook endgames, a king can also be trapped on the seventh rank.

Don't let me forget about this position:


The rook on the seventh is also good for other functions. Two rooks are even better!


Here is an example of a king being trapped behind the seventh rank; courtesy to the rook, of course!



Finally, I would like to include one of my own games that had finished recently.



That concludes this blog post. By the way, the answer to the question asked at the beginning is THE SEVENTH RANK!