Rook Endings are one of the most common and most important endings in chess. And since it comes in the latter part of the game (of course, that’s why it’s called an endgame 😊), most often you would not be having enough time on your clock to put a lot of thought figuring out the best moves. That’s why, it is very important for you to learn the rook endgames and how to play them, so the right moves would flow through your mind ‘automatically’.
Why Rook Endgame is so Important?
Usually, in a chess game, the rooks are kept reserved during the opening and the middlegame stages. Mostly, it would make a couple of makes, one for castling and the other for putting it on the right file, preparing for it to open up. Also, they are not traded off in the earlier stage of the game as opposed to the minor pieces. That’s why, rook endgames are one of the most common, frequently occurring endgames compared to the others.
Why Rooks are so Powerful?
To better answer this, let me make this reference. In ancient times, elephants were the most important weapons to attack the enemy. The war elephant’s main use was to charge the enemy, breaking their ranks and instilling terror. And chess is after all a game that is based on war – and it is not very surprising why rooks are so powerful.
I would never want to be under those elephants’ legs……
RCA’s Next Course about Rook Endings
Rook Endings, though being very common, are so hard to play – it’s very difficult to find the right moves or the right plan to maneuver your rook(s) when there is very little time left on the clock. Also, most chess players find the ending very intimidating, that they find it very hard to understand the tutorials – some of my students have been asking me to shed some light on this topic. And we put our best foot forward; I’m glad to inform you that the RCA’s next chess course will be about rook endings. The title of the course is “Top Secrets in Rook Endgames”, and you can find the author of the course in the below e-cover:
Yes, it’s IM Mat Kolosowski, who also authored the course “Master Sicilian Pawn structures”. This time he has decided to give his best, sharing his knowledge on endgames with you. The course will be released on Friday, 28 June. I’ll share the complete details about the course when releasing the course, but for now I’ve something else in box for you.
Power of a Rook on the Seventh Rank
A few days ago, we published a lesson about two of the most important positions in rook vs rook and pawn endgames, which are the Philidor and the Luceana Position. If you missed that, you can watch it here. To help you get even more prepared for the course “Top Secrets in Rook Endgames”, we’ve decided to give you another lesson.
I’m sure you would be aware of the term ‘rook on the 7th rank’ and how POWERFUL such rooks are. Why having a rook (sometimes, a pair of rooks is even more powerful) on the 7th rank is such a huge asset? Why and how can it make a huge difference in a rook ending? You can watch the instructive video lesson by Manuel Ocantos below and learn:
Summary – Rooks on the 7th Rank
- A rook on the 7th rank can attack those pawns that cannot be defended by other pawns. However, pawns on the other ranks can be protected by other pawns.
- It always opens doors to attack the opponent’s king, especially when you have set up a beautiful pair of rooks on the 7th
- Rooks on the 7th rank can be so powerful that they can even compensate for material. Even if you’re down a pawn, but you have a killer rook on the 7th rank, chances are that you’re in the driver’s seat.