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Middlegame Secrets Vol.2 - The Potential of the Rook

For a chess player, chess pieces are like specific tools in a toolbox. We need to know how to use them best, like a craftsman knows their tools. We shouldn’t use a screwdriver to hammer in a nail; and we shouldn’t use the queen just for defence.

This series will show you in great detail the specific qualities of each chess piece, so that you can maximize their effectiveness and thus improve your game. Everyone knows that a rook is dangerous on the 7th rank, and that it belongs behind the pawn. However, there is so much more to learn about this inconspicuous piece! Let us explore together how the rooks should enter the game in the early middlegame, how they operate on open files and how they sometimes join a deadly attack, being transferred in front of the pawn chain. We will also discuss the cooperation of the rooks and many more topics.

• Video running time: 5 hours

• Extra: Additional database with exercises

• Training with ChessBase apps – Play key positions against Fritz on various levels


This is what is delivered:

  • Fritztrainer App for Windows and Mac
  • Available as download or on DVD
  • Video course with a running time of approx. 4-8 hrs.
  • Repertoire database: save and integrate Fritztrainer games into your own repertoire (in WebApp Opening or in ChessBase)
  • Interactive exercises with video feedback: the authors present exercises and key positions, the user has to enter the solution. With video feedback (also on mistakes) and further explanations.
  • Sample games as a ChessBase database.
  • New: many Fritztrainer now also available as stream in the ChessBase video portal!

That's what the FritzTrainer App can do for you:

  • Videos can run in the Fritztrainer app or in the ChessBase program with board graphics, notation and a large function bar
  • Analysis engine can be switched on at any time
  • Video pause for manual navigation and analysis in game notation
  • Input of your own variations, engine analysis, with storage in the game
  • Learn variations: view specific lines in the ChessBase WebApp Opening with autoplay, memorize variations and practise transformation (initial position - final position).
  • Active opening training: selected opening positions are transferred to the ChessBase WebApp Fritz-online. In a match against Fritz you test your new knowledge and actively play the new opening.

Even more possibilities: Start FritzTrainer in the ChessBase program!

  • The database with all games and analyses can be opened directly.
  • Games can be easily added to the opening reference.
  • Direct evaluation with game reference, games can be replayed on the analysis board
  • Your own variations are saved and can be added to the own repertoire
  • Replay training
  • LiveBook active
  • All engines installed in ChessBase can be started for the analysis
  • Assisted Analysis
  • Print notation and diagrams (for worksheets)

Extrait vidéo


  • Introduction
  • The rooks are stronger than minor pieces when playing on the edge of the board
  • Get your rooks active as quickly as possible
  • Connected rooks
  • Open file
  • Open file in a quiet position
  • Widen the battlefield
  • Two open files
  • Entry squares
  • The file which is further away from the king is usually the correct one I
  • The file which is further away from the king is usually the correct one II
  • Attacking rook
  • Rook lifts
  • Attack on the g- and h-file
  • Doubled pawns are vulnerable to exchanges
  • Opening a second flank
  • The 7th rank
  • Key factors for a successful attack on the 7th rank
  • Typical defender mistakes
  • Losing track of strategical goals in tactical positions
  • Rook exchanges
  • Space advantage
  • Opposite coloured Bishops/Material Imbalances/Central Majority
  • Passed Pawn/King position
  • Rook lift
  • Transfer to a different wing
  • Transfer to attack a weakness I
  • Transfer to attack a weakness II
  • Transfer to attack a weakness III
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