The only good Rook is a working Rook!  -  Samuel Reshevsky


Even the best grandmasters in the world have had to work hard to acquire the technique of rook endings.  -  Paul Keres


The preparation for active rook play entails what is called the opening of lines, which largely depends on pawn play, especially on the proper use of levers.  -  Hans Kmoch


Like mortars in old war films, they are often ready to destroy the opponent's unsupported defences.  -  Alexei Suetin


The retreat of a minor piece to the back rank, where it cuts the lines of communication between the rooks, is permissable only in exceptional cases.  -  Alexander Alekhine