Control of a Useful Open File:
Part of the Advanced Beginner's Chess Guide (Section 1) and the
Chess Strategies Guide (Section 3: Studying the Pieces)

Control of a Useful Open File
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Point Count Chess, Examples
Control of a Useful Open File

Point Count Chess - IE - Diagram 160A to 160B - Page 229-230 PCC, Control of a Useful Open File. Example #1, The Doubled Rooks (1 of 2)
(p229-230) Diagram NO.160A to NO.160B
Gligoric v. Rabar, 1955
The Doubled Rooks
(1 of 2)


In this example, the e-file is the "useful" Open file, which White manages to exploit the best, expanding his army out of it, and doubling his Rooks onto the Open e-file, as part of White's game winning attack.
Point Count Chess - IE - Diagram 161A to 161B - Page 231-232 PCC, Control of a Useful Open File. Example #1, The Doubled Rooks (2 of 2)
(p231-232) Diagram NO.161A to NO.161B
Denker v. Polland, 1933
The Doubled Rooks
(2 of 2)


Another example where, once again, White Doubles his Rooks on the "useful" Open e-file, to push through his successful attack on Black's King.
Point Count Chess - IE - Diagram 164 - Page 234-235 PCC, Control of a Useful Open File. Example #2, The Fight to Open a File
(1 of 2)

(p234-235) Diagram NO.164
Rubinstein v. Teichmann, 1908
The Fight to Open a File
(1 of 2)


In this example, the h-file is the "useful" Open file.

White makes use of his light-Bishop, the b1-h7 diagonal, and the advance of his g- & h-Pawns, to blast Open the h-file, in order to invade with his King Rook, for a game-winning attack.
Point Count Chess - IE - Diagram 165 - Page 235-236 PCC, Control of a Useful Open File. Example #2, The Fight to Open a File
(2 of 2)

(p235-236) Diagram NO.165
Pachman v. Toran, 1955
The Fight to Open a File
(2 of 2)


In this example, the g-file is the "useful" Open file.

White develops his Pawns into an Advanced Salient, restricting Black's development on the Queenside, so White can focus on his Kingside attack.

White's forced exchange of light-Bishops leads to the Opening of the g-file, which White controls, first with his Queen Rook, then with his King Rook, until it's no longer needed. Black chooses the wrong side to Castle his King, which ends up vulnerably exposed, on the Kingside.
Point Count Chess - IE - Diagram 166A to 166C - Page 236-238 PCC, Control of a Useful Open File.
Example #3, Neutralizing an Open File

(p236-238) Diagram NO.166A to NO.166C
Porges v. Tarrasch, 1892
Neutralizing an Open File

In this example, the d-file is the one that should have been the "useful" Open File, for White to invade through.

However, Black makes use of his Doubled c-Pawns and Bishop-pair, to create a virtual valley of death, through which White's army cannot penetrate.

Includes a comparison of the Open Files already looked at (No.160, No.161, No.164, No.165), looking at them alongside No.166 (the neutralized Open File), to try and help see what makes invasion possible.

Further Reading

Point Count Chess (Horowitz & Mott-Smith, 1960)
  • The Open File, (p228)
  • Control of an Open File, (p228)
  • The Fight to Open a File, (p234)
  • Neutralizing an Open File, (p236)
  • The Open File SUMMARY, (p238)


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