Rook on the 7th Rank is called Monster Rook!
Have you studied rook endgame? You might hear of ” Monster Rook”. It is called when you place your rook on opponent’s 7th rank. In the Endgame our rooks must be activated otherwise you will lose rook endgames. So lets study about ” Monster Rook “.
How chess legends use 7th rank for Rook:
Capablanca sacrificed a pawn in order to get to 7th rank lets look at this example game.
Game: Capablanca vs Tartakower
Advice: Dont be hurry to capture poor pawns quickly!
When your rook reached at 7th rank don’t be hurry to capture poor pawns. They will be there for a long time. Let’s see the example game of Nimzowitsch. Check out his move Rc5! he did not capture the pawn on b-file.
Game: Nimzowitsch vs Stahlberg
Capablanca’s Rook on the 7th Rank!
In this game below, the black’s position was completely cramped. Let’s see how Capablanca got his rook on the 7th rank.
Game: Capablanca vs Treybal
Last Example of the rook on the 7th Rank:
This example Karpov shows a way to get rooks on the 7th rank! let’s analyze this.
Game: Karpov vs Uhlmann
I hope that after reading this article you will certainly think of ” Monster Rook ” in your games. Good Luck!