RookieRook launched in April 2021

Rookierook is a website which had it’s first launch in april 2021. This website has been created in order to try to increase the general interest of the beautiful game of chess. When the Netflix series “The Queens gambit” became a world wide hit show, we could not have been happier. Our community finally got some amazing news and it was our time to shine.

Chess community growing larger by the day

Thanks to the availability of great chess content on Youtube and, we have seen the chess community grow larger by the day where everyone is trying to help each other out while also trying to come up with new creative chess openings and also some amazing challenges.

Before Youtube and Twitch, have we ever seen someone do a checkmate with an En passant move? Actually yes, back in 1928, where Gunnar Gundersen checkmated A H Faul with a beautiful En passant check mate move during the Pietzcker Christmas Tournament in 1928.

Here’s the look of the board right before Gundersen made the first ever known En Pessant Checkmate:

One move away from doing a checkmate, can you find the En Pessant checkmate move?

So, En Passant checkmate?

One of the most difficult rules about the pawns is the rule called “en passant”. Which is a french phrase for “in passing”. If a pawn moves out two squares on its first move, and by doing so lands to the side of an opponent’s pawn (effectively jumping past the other pawn’s ability to capture it), that other pawn has the option of capturing the first pawn as it passes by.

In the board we showed above, when the pawn moved, the white bishop was checking the king, the white queen and the knight is also covering all the other options for the king to move. Which means that the final En passant move by Gunnar Gundersen gave him the victory of the first match.

Want to learn more things, such as how to execute the En Passant? Read more about chess rules here.