ROOK ROLLER

(an essential chess player tool)

KEY POINTS:

  • "A cardinal rule for the best use of rooks in endgames: Use the rook to cut off the King." - Purdy
  • Drive the king to "death row" (anywhere along the edge of the board).
  • You do not need your king for this checkmate.
  • You must be able to do this checkmate effortlessly to call yourself a "chess player."
Openings teach you openings. Endgames teach you chess.