Beware of the rook – IM Sopiko Guramishvili

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In this instructive and entertaining video series Grandmaster Sopiko Guramishvili demonstrates the hidden power of rooks with some incredible examples from classic games.

This course will show you how to win with positional play by exploiting ways to double rooks, especially on open files and the 7th rank.

You’ll also learn dozens of tips, tricks and traps to make you an even tougher tactical player. The games include some legendary moves and combinations by players such as Botvinnik and Capablanca.

Absorbing these ideas and patterns will help you see far more possibilities at the board, bringing you impressive wins and avoiding many painful losses.


1. Introduction
2. Back rank – Part 1
3. Back rank – Part 2
4. Back rank – Part 3
5. Rook on the 7th rank – Part 1
6. Rook on the 7th rank – Part 2
7. The windmill
8. Wrap-up

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Running Time

1 hour 57 minutes



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