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honololou 40 ( +1 | -1 )
dumb rook question? I'm sometimes puzzled when I have to choose which of my
rooks to move to an open file. My postgame analysis (with
a chess engine) often reveals that I made the "wrong"
choice. I know that every position is unique, but is there a
golden rule or maxim to keep in mind generally? I can't
recall ever running across any relevant advice in books.
nottop 44 ( +1 | -1 )
not engine question Don't trust the engine analysis with this.
Engines are extremely poor with this question. It is a positional consideration - has to do with what you are trying to do - in the long term.
Engines are extremley strong at tactical considerations - but they don't know which rook to put on the open file.
Trust your own analysis on this. And if you have erred, be relieved to know that everybody errs on this one.
Bloody difficult to tell.
tonlesu 32 ( +1 | -1 )
rule of thumb Of course strong players don't play by rule of thumb. By careful analysis determine, to your own satisfaction, which rook belongs on the open file. Then run through several variations that validate your choice. Now forget that stuff and move the other rook to the open file!
lorddreyfuss 31 ( +1 | -1 )
I'm surprized... ... that you ask this, since you seem to be doing quite well. Anyway, when I was younger and more prone to blunders, I liked to always play the rook further away from the king (to avoid being checked on exchange).
Stupid, huh? :)
Now I usually decide on the basis of my strategic plan.
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mrzor 56 ( +1 | -1 )
a little trick... I recall some advice from a famous player (I think it was Smyslow or Spassky, but not too sure) on this subject:

When you need to decide which rook to play to the open file, it is important to consider all the pros and cons of each rook. You need to carefully outline your intentions with each rook and you should at all cost avoid any rash decisions. Then, when all has been properly considered and you have decided for yourself which rook belongs on the open file, be sure to play THE OTHER rook!

Sir Zor
honololou 6 ( +1 | -1 )
Thank you… one and all for your advice. At least now I won't feel alone
in my confusion.