Letter #12 - 2004
Rook opening question
6/08/2004 8:24:32 PM MDT
Is there any good benefit to using the Rook's Pawn
All the others open a pattern up, but I don't see it with this one.
Opening with either Rook's Pawn is not a very good strategy and may be considered a loss tempo move since the idea is to develop pieces as soon as possible and try to control the center of the board.
A Rook's Pawn move neglects your development because the control for the center is conceded to the opponent.
Rooks should be developed later in the game (after Knights and Bishops) and placed in open columns after a few Pawns are exchanged.
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