Open Files And The 7th Rank

The point of controlling an open file is to get a rook into your opponent’s position on the 7th or 8th rank. Here’s a rapid play game in which I managed to do this, my rooks getting to the 7th rank along the c-file.

Sam Davies

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About Sam Davies

Sam Davies is the 15 year old son of GM Nigel Davies and a keen chess player in his own right. After a slow start with the game he has made rapid progress in the last few years and is now winning tournaments. Unlike other juniors he does not play in junior tournaments and likes playing positional chess.