The Rook

Starting Rook Position

Starting Rook Position

Each side gets two rooks starting on their first rank (row).

Rook Movement

Rook Movement

The rook moves horizontally or vertically, through any number of unoccupied squares.

Powerful Pieces

Connected Rooks

Placing rooks on open files (columns) is a good idea. Having both on the same file or rank (connected rooks) is a great idea!

Rook Involvement

Rook Involvement

Castling consists of moving the king two squares towards a rook on the player's first rank, then moving the rook to the square over which the king crossed. 

Watch Out!

Back Rank Mate

Make sure your king has an escape square or you'll be captured in a back rank mate! Here, the black king is captured because there is no where to escape from the rook's next move.