Entry points

Rooks need open files, but open files are not much use unless you can find a good entry point on them, so that you can invade the enemy position.

In this week’s position, White is better developed. Both his Rooks are on good files. Should White attack on the Kingside or the Queenside?

The White rooks look very nice, but where are they going?

How did White set his opponent such tough problems that he failed to find the best defense and allowed White to penetrate with a Rook?

The solution to last Monday’s problem is that White draws with 1 c4! bxc4 2 Ke4 Kc2 3 Kd4 Kxb2 4 Kxc4 and with only a rook pawn left, Black cannot win.

Steven Carr

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About Steven Carr

I am 57 years old, and I am trying to improve my standard of play. From 1998 to 2012, I had a break from chess, playing very few games in that period. I now play more competitive chess and I currently have a English grading of 184. I hope to get a grading of over 200 one day. I normally play in the Merseyside League and play Board 1 for Wallasey.