I opened the game by moving White KNight to c3. Huntington Harbour’s Alois Geiger moved the Black KNight to f6.
I played White pawn to e4. Seal Beach’s Paul Mangone moved the Black pawn to e5.
White pawn to f3.
Geiger moved Black pawn to d6.
White pawn to d4.
Mangone moved the Black Bishop to g4.
White Bishop to e2.
Geiger moved the Black pawn to d4, capturing my pawn and claiming first blood of the game.
White KNight to d5.
As it stands, the Black KNight at f6 could capture my KNIght at d5—or vice versa. (In either case, a pawn would quickly avenge the attack.) The Black Bishop at g4 could attack my pawn (only to be captured by either my Bishop or my KNight) or I could use my pawn to capture the Black Bishop.
I’ve been tempted to check the Black King with my Bishop, but then Black would block the attack with a pawn and force me into a retreat. That would give Black the long term advantage. As much as it would please my slightly bruised pride to attack at this point, I would gain nothing. Besides, it’s Black’s turn.
My King is vulnerable to attack at one point, but it would be a short-lived attack because there are enough chessmen nearby to repel the attack and force Black into retreat. I doubt any of my adversaries to date would be that foolish.
So I’ll wait. Your move, Sun Region.