Another player has entered the game, complicating matters for both sides. Here’s what happened since the last update:

I had moved my White Bishop to c4. Paul Mangone of Seal Beach, playing on behalf of all you readers, moved his Black pawn to d5, capturing my KNight. Ouch. Worse: he placed the White King in check. I had to stop this attack by any means possible. Only my Queen or one of my pawns was positioned to repel the attack. A Black Bishop was poised to take out whichever chessman I chose to rescue my King.

I moved the White pawn to f4, capturing the Black KNight. If the Black Bishop attacked my pawn, my White Queen would take it. Mangone returned and moved a Black Rook to 38, attacking my White Queen.

The Queen is the most powerful piece on the board. She had to be protected now so she could be used for an attack later. I moved the White Queen to c2.

Then Alois Geiger of Huntington Harbour came into the Sun to play Black. Remember, the whole point of Chess with Charles is Charles against the entire region. So this was fine with me—the more adversaries I have, the better I like it.

Geiger moved the Black KNight to h5. This moved threatened the White Bishop at at f4.

I moved my White Bishop to e3. It is still exposed to attack, but now it is exposed to an attack from the Black Bishop and protected by a White pawn. If Black’s Bishop attacks my Bishop, my pawn takes Black’s Bishop. The reverse is also true, for Black’s Bishop at c5 is protected by a Black pawn.

Mangone then came while I was out. Trouble is, I can for the life of me figure out what move he made. Until I can speak to him, I’m stuck. I have many options, though.

I’d like to capture that Black Bishop at g3. My King has very little protection now and few places to go in the event of an effective attack.

A publisher I used to work for, Vance Caesar, once said the symbols for danger and opportunity are the same. That appears to be the case here.


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