Take My Rooks

Most of our readers will have come across the book by Seirawan and Minev by this Title at some point in their studies. It’s filled with many examples of one side passively sacrificing both rooks, and using the tempo gained to attack on the opposite side of the board. The following game was a blitz game, and it is accordingly a blunder fest. I could have had a simple advantage out of the opening, but decided to allow a rook to be captured for the heck of it, thinking that black’s knight was his most active piece and my rook was misplaced anyway, so let him take it and then I’ll still have an edge.

The second passive rook sac was not at all sound. I should have played the simply Qd1 instead of lifting my king and giving away the second rook, but here I was hopefull (even if incorrectly so) that I might be able to do something on the dark squares, and it was a blitz game after all.

In any case, I did manage to pull of a swindle on the dark squares despite being down both rooks. Again, it’s an absolute blunder fest, but a fun game nonetheless.