Saturday, September 03, 2011

Chess Magic: I Got Rooked!

White to move and win:

A man's home is his castle - until the judge throws his ass out and gives it to the courtesan. But I digress.

And a man's castle are his rooks!

The material is even, but Black has a pesky passed pawn (a pawn with no enemy pawns in front of him). Black's A-file pawn grows in power and as a threat as it moves closer to the back rank. If this pawn gets to a1, Black's King will have two wives (another Queen), which would be death for White.

I could start the jokes on how Black is also dead with two wives, but never mind.

Since the White King is still relatively safe compared to his enemy, he has a military decision to make.

So what does he do first? Attack or block the pawn?

The solution can be found by scrolling down the page and finding "Chess Magic Revealed" on the right side of the blog.

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