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Devilantís KFC Strategy Guide - Topic 8a

Topic 8a (Advanced) - Positional Kung Fu Chess - The Rook

This is a tough topic for me to do since Iím not particularly an expert yet (and I know very little about positional play in regular chess). However, I will now attempt to show you, piece by piece, positional Kung Fu Chess. Iíll spend a topic on positioning each piece, starting with:

The Rook
The rook is the most difficult piece to position. In regular chess (and therefore kfc as well), itís good to position a rook so that it is on an open row or column. However, in Kung Fu Chess you want your rooks positioned on open rows and columns before they are open.

Consider this position:

Both sides have made good openings; there are no obvious weaknesses for either player. Ideally, white would like to move his knight to a6 to threaten a combination attack on the two side pawns:

Of course this is no good. Black can take the b pawn and the knight at the same time, winning a pawn and stopping the attack cold:

This is where the position of the rook comes into play. Before he can play his knight to a6, white needs to make this rook move:

This is very difficult. You have to be able to look ahead and see that this seemingly useless rook move is critical in allowing the knight to move to a6. Watch what happens if black tries to take the knight and pawn at the same time after the rook move:

This is the kind of subtle rook move that black belts are making that lower rated players are not. As you can see itís very important.

Letís look at another example where the position of the rooks is key:

Both sides have a well-positioned knight (more on knights later on). White is threatening a combination attack on the two pawns on the left, which forces black to keep his knight and rook where they are to defend it. Black wants to attack, so he plays his rook to h8 and plays this seemingly harmless pawn move:

This doesnít seem like much of an attack, but watch what could happen if white blindly takes the pawn:

A crushing attack. But blackís attack is preventable and even vulnerable to a counterattack if white positions his rooks correctly right away:

White sees that after he takes the h pawn, the way is cleared to capture the defenseless g pawn:

Positioning the rooks on the side of the board stops blackís attack and enables white to win a pawn on the counterattack.

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