A Rook on the second/seventh Row can be a mighty Piece

Jul 12, 2012, 6:00 AM |

If you want to become a better chess player it is very important to have a good handling of the pieces. So, for example the rook needs open files and is happy when he can penetrate into opponent`s position and keep his position.


In the first example Black has no problem sacrificing a pawn for quick development. At the end his rook is on d2. Although it is an endgame position and Black is a pawn down, the advantage is on his side.


In the second example later world champion Botvinnik  demonstrated perfect piece play. His rook on the seventh row became a decisive factor