GW-KW, Point Count Chess Raw Discussion, File #1:
Part of the Advanced Beginner's Chess Guide (Section 2)

GW-KW, Point Count Chess,
Raw Discussion, May 18th 2011,
What I Needed Ken To Clarify,
[+] Control of a Useful Open File

(GW) What I needed Ken to clarify ...

Control of a Useful Open File

  • What is defined as a "Useful" Open File? Is it one that helps control / attack the Center or squares close to the enemy King?

Ken's Comments ...

No. It is ANY open file. The point is counted if you have a Rook on an open file, and "if it cannot be immediately challenged by an adverse Rook"(Summary, p. 238). Two Rooks facing one another on the same file are challenging one another, and there would be no point. But to move a Rook to a file which is already occupied by the "adverse" Rook is difficult and constricting. So the point would go to your opponent.

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