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)

Rooks On The 7th Rank
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Rooks on the 7th Rank

Point Count Chess - IE - Diagram 170 - Page 243 PCC, Rooks on the 7th Rank. Example #1
Brief Tenure of the Seventh

(p243) Diagram NO.170
Morphy v. Seguin, 1858
Brief Tenure of the Seventh

This example focuses on an instance where the Rook is used tactically, for short-term gain, rather than strategically (long-term gain).

White gets his Queen Rook onto the 7th Rank (d7), forcing Black to waste time defending various units. This allows White to get his troops into better positions.

When it's no longer needed, White doesn't try to return his Rook to a position of safety, but trades his Rook for Black's King Rook.
Point Count Chess - IE - Diagram 171 - Page 244 PCC, Rooks on the 7th Rank. Example #2
Gaining the Seventh Rank (1 of 2)

(p244) Diagram NO.171
Capablanca v. Alekhine, 1913
Gaining the Seventh Rank (1 of 2)

H&M-S say: "The strategic process of gaining the seventh rank is the accumulation and concentration of force."

For example: (1) Doubling of Rooks on an Open File; (2) the Decoy of enemy Minor Pieces away from protection of the invasion square; (3) an accumulation of threats to other enemy Pawns/Pieces to prevent challenge by the enemy's Rooks.

This example shows White's Queen Rook being used strategically; the long-term gain is a game-winning attack, with White's Rook making its presence felt along the 7th Rank.
Point Count Chess - IE - Diagram 172 - Page 245 PCC, Rooks on the 7th Rank. Example #2
Gaining the Seventh Rank (2 of 2)

(p245) Diagram NO.172
Capablanca v. Vidmar, 1922
Gaining the Seventh Rank (2 of 2)

A second example where White gets a Rook onto the 7th Rank. Though, this time it's the King Rook which is brought up and maintained in Black's camp, as part of White's game-winning strategy.

Once again, the Queen's Gambit is the Opening sequence which results in the Open c-file, through which White is able to invade the 7th Rank.

Further Reading

Point Count Chess (Horowitz & Mott-Smith, 1960)
  • The Rook on the Seventh Rank, (p239)
  • Cramping of the Rook, (p172)
  • The Rook on the Seventh Rank SUMMARY, (p245)


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