Rook Lifts Alert, Imaginative Creative Plays Part 1
Welcome to our new series of articles, Imaginative Creative Plays. In this series we will be looking at different way to express your creativity over your chess board through playing some strong but creative looking moves.
In this article we will be looking at Rook Lifts. We love Rook Lifts because Rook Lifts can be surprisingly effective in solving some situations where moving a different piece cannot accomplish the same effect.
To give you an idea of how strong rook lifts can be, take a look at this position from the Budapest Gambit:
By swinging the rook over to the kingside, black is allowed to create a strong and devastating attack towards the white king and white’s king is ripped apart.
Let’s look at another example of two different Rook Lifts from the Modern Benoni Defence, Four Pawns Attack:
For the last example, we will look at one of the games played by the current World Champion, Magnus Carlsen. During the matches played in the World Championships (not sure which particular one), the commentators said that Magnus is very fond of his Rook Lifts. Not sure how true this is, but this is a good play by Magnus in this particular game.