Use of the Rook

Jan 30, 2011, 2:09 AM |

Hello Readers,

I have been playing chess since quite some time and I always notice that rooks comes of use in the end game only. Rook is a very powerful piece and its quite protected as well. To get the rook, you need a knight or must sacrifice your bishop.

The problem arises when I try to bring out the rook in the middle game. Its very difficult to bring out the rook in the middle game without castling. Even then, only one rook effectively comes into play, the other rook is just there for defense. The rook is worth 5 points. So, should the rook be brought out in the middle game or should it be reserved for the end game?