Rooks On The 7th Rank:
Part of the Advanced Beginner's Chess Guide (Section 1) and the
Chess Strategies Guide (Section 3: Studying the Pieces)
H&M-S say that getting a Rook up onto its 7th Rank (their opponent's 2nd Rank), is the ultimate goal after gaining Control of an Open File.
Once on the 7th Rank, the Rook attack all the remaining, enemy Pawns, from their weak sides or from behind. The Rook is even more potent, if can also menace the enemy King.
Diagram 1, above, shows the White Pawns that are rendered powerless, under attack from Black's Rook, and unable to defend themselves from their flanks. They must rely on the remaining Pieces for protection (tying up those Pieces, potentially). That's why getting a Rook on the 7th Rank scores a plus point.
H&M-S reveal two optional uses for a Rook on the 7th Rank:
Moving On: Rooks on the 7th Rank, PCC Examples (Page 2).
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