On Monday, June 18,m Alois Geiger of Huntington Harbour moved the Black Rook to g8. I moved my white Pawn to h4. The pawns have played an interesting role in this game—not inflicting damage so much as creating or thwarting opportunities for the more “important” chessmen to attack the other side.
Seal Beach’s Paul Mangone moved the Black Rook to e8. I moved White pawn to h5.
Mangone: Black Knight to h5, capturing the White pawn.
White Rook to h1.
Geiger moved Black Bishop to g4.
White Rook to g4, capturing the Black Bishop.
Geiger: Black pawn to f4.
White Rook to g5.
Geiger: Black Rook to g7. The action was shifting to the right side of the board (my right, anyway), rather than the center.
White pawn to g4, threatening the Black Knight. Black’s Knight, a Rook and several pawns posed potential threats to my plans to attack the Black King with two Rooks. So far, the plan has not been executed and efforts to move pesky obstacles have only cost me chessmen.
Mangone moved the Black pawn to f3, threatening the White Knight. My options: rescue the Knight or continue my attack, leaving Knight to almost certain doom.
White Bishop to g6, capturing a Black pawn. Geiger: Black pawn to g7, taking a White Bishop.
White pawn to h5, taking a Black Knight.
Mangone: Black Rook to e2, placing the White King in check. This was not a fatal attack, but it took the initiative away from White. You always want your moves to be based on your plans, not the other guy’s plans.
White King to d1. I couldn’t attack the Black Rook, much as I’d like to, because it is protected by a Black pawn. However, the White King is now positioned near a potential escape route and covered by the White Rook at h1, which is threatening the entire “h” row.
This game could go either way, but I’m down more “material” than Black is. The Sun Region has lost two pawns, a Knight and a Bishop. I have lost five pawns, a Bishop and two Knights. My King has virtually no protection. The center of the board belongs to no one—which means it belongs to the enemy.
If I win, it will be a close contest and I’ll likely lose two or three more chessmen before it happens. If i lose more than three chessmen, I’ll be doomed. Black can afford to suffer a few loses and still bring home a victory.
Your move, Sun Region