Originally posted by Harry00Nope it's not right. Ranks are horizontal (1st rank, 2nd rank, 3rd rank,etc) files are vertical (a-file, b-file, c-file, etc) and diagonals are diagonal (a1-h8 diagonal, a2-g8 diagonal, etc).
Okay, ranks are the diagonal rows on the board and files are the vertical rows. Is that right?
Originally posted by Harry00"Rank and file" is a military image, referring to the ordinary soldiers who would, in times past, march and fight in rectangular formations. The cannon fodder, as opposed to the officers.
Just a thought: Any realation to rank and file on chess board and rank and file in labor?