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Questions tagged [rooks]

Questions relating to the Rook.

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Why didn't the White queen take the Black rook here?

I was seeing this match on chess.com. [FEN ""] [StartPly "18"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 h6 4. O-O d6 5. d3 Bg4 6. c3 a6 7. Nbd2 Nf6 8. Qb3 Qe7 9. Qxb7 Nd8 10. Qb3 Be6 11. Qa4+ Bd7 12. Qc2 g6 13. ...
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What kind of semi-open file is better for your rook?

What kind of semi-open file is better for your rook? One where your pawn is on it, or one where the opponents pawn is on?
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Queen for two rooks, reasonable in this position? What are the disadvantages?

Is Qxe8 reasonable? I always wanted to trade off a queen against two rooks and the engine likes this idea, but am I leaving my pawns unprotected in this situation? It would be hard to protect those ...
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When is a bishop stronger than a rook?

Usually the rook is stronger than the bishop. Are there situations (and obviously I'm not assuming equal material) in which the latter is stronger?
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Why wouldn't black take the rook here?

This puzzle starts on move 19 of the below game. In order to get the puzzle correctly, it seems that you have to believe that black would not take the rook with 20.. gxf6. But I don't understand why ...
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Is always possible to win King + Queen vs. King + Rook?

Does every situation (except where the Queen team gets mated or the Queen is captured immediately) result in a win for the Queen team? Or can the Rook team, by perfect play, force a stalemate?
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Is this rook sacrifice intended?

rnbqk2r/p1pp1pbp/1p2p1pn/4P3/2BP4/5Q2/PPP2PPP/RNB1K1NR w KQkq - 0 1 Is the rook sacrifice intended by the black to trap white's queen or is it just a misplayed move?
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Why is Rook worth 5 points but Bishop is worth 3?

Why is Rook worth 5 points but Bishop is worth 3? Rooks only move straight but bishops only move diagonally. Is there something that makes moving straight advantageous to moving diagonally?
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Is castling a king move or a rook move?

Most computer chess games consider castling to be a king move. You click on the king and it shows an option to castle. What do the FIDE's rules say about this though? Is castling a king move, a rook ...
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When is a good time to double rooks?

When analysing my games with an engine (Stockfish 8) I found that I quite frequently miss when the engine thinks it would be a good idea/time to move a rook to the second rank to double up (I guess). ...
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Is “Rdxd2” algebraic chess notation valid?

Is the algebraic notation Rdxd2 valid? If there is a problem with this notation, then how can it be corrected?
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Can you checkmate with rook vs knight? [duplicate]

Is it possible to checkmate if all you have is a rook and your opponent only has a knight? If both of you play without mistakes or blunders?
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moving into check?

i will try to be specific. i was playing a game and the only piece the opponent could move was their king. it was taking forever for me to capture the king. I had a queen, two rooks, and a few pawns ...
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Is there a name for a rook moving in front of the pawn on a particular file?

I have tried to make a diagram but cannot figure out how to do the FEN, sorry. In a game that I played online somebody has done a rather strange thing, they moved their rook in front of the pawn on ...
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Why sacrifice the rook?

[Title "White to move"] [FEN "1r3rk1/1p4bp/p2p1q2/2pPn1p1/B1PnRp2/PPN2P1P/2QB2P1/3R2K1 w - - 5 27"] This is a diagram from the game between Del Rey, Diego and Efimenko, Zahar on the Zalakaros Chess ...
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Rook and knight used together within the same move - legal?

This is my first question on chess beta and I don't know if I'm insane or if the cpu is broken. So I was playing chess against a CPU on the iPhone with the app 3D Chess Game, and the CPU (playing ...
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Trying to locate a historical game in which the win involves sacrificing two rooks

I can't remember whether White won or Black won, but I've been wondering for years where I saw this game. I remember toward the end, only heavy pieces and pawns were left, and the winner sacrificed ...
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How defend against rooks in 7th rank?

I find it hard to defend against rooks placed in 7th rank. What are the possible defense options? Please share your knowledge. http://www.chesskid.com/article/view/whats-better-than-a-rook-on-the-...
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Is the bishop pair and a pawn equivalent to knight and a rook?

In theory, rook (5) + knight (3) = 8 points. And bishop (3.25) + bishop (3.25) + pawn (1) = 7.5 points. For example, do you think black is better in the following scenario or do you believe white ...
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in silman's book, question about open files and global exchange

In a book from J.Silman, I found this position: [FEN "r1qr2k1/p2bppbp/3p2p1/1p1P4/3B1P2/1B3Q1P/PPP3P1/3RR1K1 b - - 0 17"] 1... Re8 2. c3 h5 * It deals with the rooks, white managed to semi-open ...
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Is it the right choice to lose the queen for two rooks?

Is it the right choice to lose the queen for two rooks for this situation?
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What is “Rook Box” and its use?

When I once watched a chess game on television, one player use a trick named "Rook Box" to draw a game. I didn't understand its move and so, I want to know what is "Rook Box" in chess. I know it's a ...
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Could you explain me this part of GM Larry Kaufman's article on “The Evaluation of Material Imbalances”?

This is a stupid question that has more to do with English than with chess, so if other people also think it's stupid I can delete it after I get the answer. Since English is not my mother's tongue I ...
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Does GM Larry Kaufman's “principle of the redundancy of major pieces” truly exists? Or could this effect be caused by the number of Pawns instead?

The following is an extract from The Evaluation of Material Imbalances by GM Larry Kaufman. I put in bold characters everything that was important for this question. https://www.chess.com/article/...
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How do you hold a draw with a knight against a rook?

Knight and King versus Rook and King is a theoretical draw. Yet, you might lose if you don't know the method. How do you hold a draw?
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How do you hold a draw with a bishop against a rook?

Bishop and King versus Rook and King is a draw. Yet it is easy to go wrong and lose. How do you hold a draw?
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How do you win with a queen against a rook? [duplicate]

It is considered that a Queen and King beats a Rook and King. Yet, the technique can be tricky. How is it done the best way?
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How do you castle in one smooth motion?

One time I saw GM Gawain Jones playing a blitz game where he castled by placing one hand on his King and Rook. With a quick twist, the pieces were in the castled position. It happened so quickly, I ...
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How do you checkmate with a rook?

How do you checkmate with a Rook and King versus King? Is there a good and fast method? Can you explain it in a good way? Thanks!
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When is a Queen stronger than two Rooks?

Two Rooks are stronger than one Queen. Let's assume that the material is equal, except that one player has a pair of Rooks while the other player has a Queen. In what situations is the Queen stronger ...
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Is this Rook versus Bishop endgame winning for white (white to move)?

[fen "8/8/5b2/5k2/8/3R4/4K3/8 w - - 0 1"] In this endgame can white win ? If so what is the plan here for white or how sould black try to defend this position
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Endgame: Rook + Knight vs Rook

What happens in the endgame Rook + Knight vs Rook? Is it a draw, or can the side with the knight win? I came across this a few days ago, and I managed to win with the Rook + Knight, but I am not ...
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Why can't I place the rook in front of the queen?

I was playing chess this afternoon on my mac, as human vs computer. In the position below: [FEN "6k1/5pp1/2p3bp/pqP1P3/2R3P1/PPQ5/4K3/8 w - - 0 24"] I tried to place the Rook in front of Black's ...
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How do you win with a queen against a rook?

What's the technique behind the moves of the stronger side in order to win? Are there situations where the side with K+R can force a draw against K+Q? I've read plenty of examples of K+Q vs K+R, but ...
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Trading off two rooks for queen and pawn

I have hardly if ever seen 2 rooks being traded off for queen and pawn (or for just queen) in common games. Under what conditions is this trade-off advisable? Why is it fairly uncommon?
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Can a rook win against a knight in the endgame?

Suppose we have just a rook and the opponent has just a knight close to his king. Is it possible to win this game theoretically? e.g, in the following position (white to move), is it possible for ...
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Why are rooks better than knights?

Generally, rooks are considered to be much better than knights. Why is that? Is it a myth or are they really better? Are there situations where a knights may be better that a rook? I usually think ...
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How should rooks be developed in the opening?

The opening is definitely a weak area in my chess game and I always feel like my rooks sit unused until well into the middle game (?). Is that just how things go, or is there a strategy that allows ...
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When is castling possible?

Is castling possible if any of the squares involved in the castling are under attack, or is this a problem only if the squares moved through by the king are under attack and not the ones moved through ...