Dominated Rook

Rooks are hard to dominate. They have so many moves, that it is rare for a Rook to have no good moves. Occasionally there may be a smothered rook or a trapped rook.

Pawns that are close to Queening can sometimes achieve the effect of domination of a Rook. A bishop and a pawn on the 7th is a fairly common setup that dominates a Rook under the pawn.

Diagram: Bishop and Pawn Dominate Rook

A pawn on the 7th can sometimes limit the Rook to stay blockading the pawn. This is common in Rook and Pawn endings. But the Rook is not truly dominated, but is effectively limited so.

Diagram: Black Rook Dominated by Passed Pawn

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