Centered Corner – Rook Sonnet

  • Armin Hamrah ’23

My eyes are called by the magnetic board

Attracted to the polarized corners

In the early game they’re often ignored

Left isolated on the back border

At the juncture of the files and ranks

Found many times within an endgame book

X-Rays and pins make them as strong as tanks

Only one piece is stronger than the rook

Defenses broken with infiltration

Rooks undermine the structure of the pawns

Requiring intense concentration

Without them an attack cannot go on

Whether a staircase or blind swine checkmate

Brave rooks must always strive to infiltrate

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