Rook Interference and the Positional Fork

Two gifs today, both about rooks and minor pieces. First one: Disrupt and even trap invading doubled rooks by interfering with a minor piece.

Second one: Be wary of allowing your bishop and rook to be forked by a knight when the bishop is positionally superior to the knight.

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2 Responses to Rook Interference and the Positional Fork

  1. Stig says:

    I think this whole animation thing has great potential in chess training! In a way teaching position types and the standard move sequences that occur in them is what books like Silman, Euwe/Kramer etc. are really trying to do.

    I wonder if it’s possible to use something like your animation method as part of a training program instead of on the web? Recent Chessbase versions can have html texts as part of a database, but I don’t know if animations can be used there. The idea would be to combine animations, game excerpts and exercises illustrating a common theme, all in one place.

    Btw. The only chess training program I’ve seen that makes use of animations is the very succesful Dutch “Steps Method” with 5 levels aiming to take players from absolute beginner to around 1800. (Levels 1-3 are also sold under a different name as the “DGT Chess Trainer”)

  2. chunkyrook says:

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the matter, Stig! Obviously, I do also believe in the potential of this approach, although I hasten to add that I think it’s most effective at the novice to intermediate level, which would match the approach taken in the Dutch Steps Method you mention.

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