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The rook (Also known as Chariot in Chinese Chess, originally in Chinese Chess and 飛車 in Shogi) is a vectron-shaped piece. Rooks move horizontally or vertically. They can also do a special move with the king called castling. Each player starts out with two rooks at the beginning of the game. They are set up on the ends of rows 1 and 8, on the corners of the board. Rooks are represented by a capital R in algebraic notation. They are worth about 5 pawns.

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. In Shogi, The rook can upgrade to dragon (Originally 龍王) , which gain the power of moving a square diagonally.

Strategy[]

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8 a8 b8 c8 d8 xd e8 f8 g8 h8 8
7 a7 b7 c7 d7 xd e7 f7 g7 h7 7
6 a6 b6 c6 d6 xd e6 f6 g6 h6 6
5 a5 b5 c5 d5 xd e5 f5 g5 h5 5
4 a4 xd b4 xd c4 xd d4 rl e4 xd f4 xd g4 xd h4 xd 4
3 a3 b3 c3 d3 xd e3 f3 g3 h3 3
2 a2 b2 c2 d2 xd e2 f2 g2 h2 2
1 a1 b1 c1 d1 xd e1 f1 g1 h1 1
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Rook moves
a b c d e f g h
8 a8 b8 c8 d8 xd e8 f8 g8 h8 8
7 a7 b7 c7 d7 xd e7 f7 g7 h7 7
6 a6 b6 c6 d6 xd e6 f6 g6 h6 6
5 a5 b5 c5 xd d5 xd e5 xd f5 g5 h5 5
4 a4 xd b4 xd c4 xd d4 md e4 xd f4 xd g4 xd h4 xd 4
3 a3 b3 c3 xd d3 xd e3 xd f3 g3 h3 3
2 a2 b2 c2 d2 xd e2 f2 g2 h2 2
1 a1 b1 c1 d1 xd e1 f1 g1 h1 1
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Drangon moves in Shogi

Rooks are considered to be the second-most-powerful pieces in chess, after the queen, and the third most valuable. One would expect that with bishops moving diagonally, and rooks moving in straight paths up/down and left/right, the two pieces would be at least worth the same. However, the problem with this is that rooks can occupy any square on the board, while a bishop is restricted to its own-color squares, giving the rook more power. Also rooks can castle, providing another aspect of their strategy.

A common form of checkmate during the endgame results from a rook - along with its twin, or a queen- moving across the length of the board, constantly giving check, forcing the king to move in one direction until the king is trapped on one row or column, most commonly on the 7th and 8th rank, upon which the rook or queen moves into, causing checkmate. Once it begins, that sort of strategy is difficult to counter. The pattern is called the ladder mate.

The most possible moves a rook can have is fourteen, as demonstrated in the picture.

Value[]

A rook is worth 5 points.

Other information[]

If a player's Rook has been captured, they can use the Rook and flip it upside down to represent it as a Queen for promotion.

Video[]

Chess_Basics-_Rook_Overview

Chess Basics- Rook Overview


Chess pieces
Bishop · King · Knight · Queen · Rook · Pawn
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