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Chess Kit Training General Rook on 7th Rank

Rook on 7th rank

Rook on the 7th rank is a formidable force. We have collected the following examples from master games. Just to make it interesting we have slipped in a game that proves otherwise.

Position after:


(2) Ramirez Cruz,R - Perez Toledo,A
Las Palmas, 1996

35.Rg1 White has a winning advantage and see how it is blown up. 35...Rac8 36.Rg2 What looks like a natural response to gaurd the second rank actually misfires. 36...Rc2 37.Rag1 [37.Rxc2 Qxg3+ 38.Kh1 Qxh3+ 39.Rh2 Qf3+ 40.Rg2 Qxg2#] 37...Qxg3+ White resigned here as 38.Kh1 Qxh3+ 39.Rh2 Qxh2# 0-1


Position after:


(3) De Santis,A (2320) - Eperjesi,L (2395)
Budapest, 1996

24...Rac8 25.a4 Qf5 26.Qxf5 gxf5 27.Ree1 Rc2 28.Ba1 Rb8 29.Nc4 d5 30.Na5 Rbc8 31.Kf1 Ng6 32.g3 Rxh2 33.Rd3 Rcc2 34.Kg1 h5 35.Nc6 h4 36.Bc3 Rcg2+ 37.Kf1 h3 0-1


Position after:


(4) Frosch,E (2275) - Boguszlavszky,J (2320)
Balatonbereny, 1996

25.dxe6 Rxc1+ 26.Rxc1 fxe6 27.Rc7 a6 28.Bg4 Re8 29.Nd7 Re7 30.Nf6+ Kf7 31.Rc8 h5 32.Bf3 Ra7 33.Ne4 Bb4 34.Ng5+ Kf6 35.h4 Bd7 36.Rh8 Bb5 37.g4 hxg4 38.Bxg4 Rc7 39.e4 e5 40.d5 Rc1+ 41.Kg2 Bd2 42.Rf8+ Ke7 43.Ne6 Bxa5 44.Rb8 Bd3 45.Ng5 Re1 46.Bf3 Rb1 47.Rg8 Bf1+ 48.Kg3 Rb6 49.Rg7+ Ke8 50.Ne6 Be1 51.h5 Rb2 52.d6 Bxf2+ 53.Kg4 Rd2 54.Re7# 1-0


Position after:


(5) Berenyi,G (2235) - Kilisch,S
Balatonbereny, 1996

18.Re3 Qg5 19.Nxe6 fxe6 20.Rxd3 Qxe5 21.Be3 Qb5 22.Rb3 Qc4 23.Rc1 Qe4 24.Rxb7 Ne5 25.Rcc7 Nf3+ 26.Kf1 Nxh2+ 27.Kg1 Nf3+ 28.Kh1 Ng5+ 29.Kh2 Nf3+ 30.Kh3 Qe5 31.Rxg7+ Qxg7 32.Rxg7+ Kxg7 33.Qd7+ Kf6 34.Kg3 Ng5 35.Bxg5+ Kxg5 36.Qg7# 1-0


Position after:


(6) Tseitlin,M (2545) - Mikhalevski,A (2435)
Beersheba, 1996

23.e5 fxe5 24.Ne4 hxg3 25.hxg3 Rh5 26.Rac1 Rd8 27.dxe5 Bxe5 28.Rxc7+ Rd7 29.Nc5 Kh6 30.Bxe5 Rxc7 31.Bf4+ Kh7 32.Nxe6 Rc2 33.Bg5 Nh6 34.Rf8 Rxa2 35.Bf6 Ng8 36.Rf7+ Kh6 37.Bg7+ Kh7 38.Nf8# 1-0


Position after:


(7) Goldgewicht,L (2325) - Mantovani,R (2365)
Cannes, 1996

21.Bh6 Rg8 22.Rxg8 Qe4+ 23.Be3 Kxg8 24.Rc1 Qxg2 25.Qh5 Nc6 26.b5 Ne7 27.Rc7 Bf3 28.Qh6 Qg1+ 29.Kd2 Qd1+ 30.Kc3 Nd5+ 31.Kc4 Qc2# 0-1


Position after:


(8) Borik,O (2400) - Hess,R (2400)
Bundesliga, Germany, 1996

19...Rad8 20.Qg4 Qxg4 21.hxg4 Rxd2 22.Rc1 f5 23.gxf5 Rxf5 24.f4 Bxb2 25.Bb3+ Kf8 26.Rc7 Rh5+ 27.Kg2 a5 28.Rb1 h6 29.Rf7+ Ke8 30.Rb7 Bf6 31.Bf7+ Kd8 32.Bxg6 Rc5 33.Rf7 Bb2 34.Rb7 Bc1 35.Rh7 Bb2 36.Rb7 Bf6 37.R1b6 Bh4 38.Re6 Kc8 39.Rf7 Rxf2+ 40.Kh3 Bd8 41.Be4 Rxa2 42.Ra6 Rb2 43.Ra8+ 1-0


Position after:


(9) Pilgaard,K (2305) - Olsen,H (2355)
Copenhagen, 1995

30.Bxd3 Rxd3 31.Qf2 Qxf2 32.Rxf2 Re4 33.Rc1 Rxb3 34.Rxc7 f6 35.Rd2 Re8 36.Rdd7 Rxb2 37.Rxg7+ Kh8 38.Rxh7+ Kg8 39.Rcg7+ Kf8 40.Ra7 Rb4 41.Rh8# 1-0


Position after:


(10) Svidler,P (2550) - Arkhipov,S (2495)
RUS-ch Elista, 1994

26.Kh2 Rac8 27.Rxh3 Rfd8 28.Bd5 Rc2 29.Rd1 Nxh3 30.Kxh3 Kf8 31.Kg2 f6 32.Nf1 Rxa2 33.Rc1 Rb2 34.Rc7 Rxb4 35.Ne3 Rb6 36.Nf5 g6 37.Rf7+ 1-0


Position after:


(11) Piven,I (2340) - Csoke,A (2200)
Budapest, 1994

17.Nxd4 Nxd4 18.Rxe7 Ne6 19.Qc3 f6 20.Re1 Qd6 21.Bxb7 Bxb7 22.R7xe6 Qd5 23.R6e4 Rfc8 24.Qd4 Qf5 25.Qe3 h5 26.Re7 Bd5 27.h4 Kh8 28.Qf4 Qh3 29.f3 Rc2 30.R1e2 Rac8 31.Rxg7 Rc1+ 32.Bxc1 Kxg7 33.Bb2 Rc6 34.Re7+ Kf8 35.Rxa7 Rc2 36.Qh6+ Ke8 1-0


Position after:


(12) Krasenkow,M (2643) - Ftacnik,L (2585)
Bundesliga, Germany, 21.02.1999

29.Qf3 Kg8 30.b4 Bxb4 31.Rc7 Qe8 32.Rxd5 Qe1+ 33.Kg2 Rf8 34.Rxf5 Rxf5 35.Rc8+ 1-0

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