I resigned, making Chess with Charles 7 my seventh consecutive defeat in my on-going chess match with the Sun Region. Since I resigned before I was defeated, I’m going to give equal credit to my adversaries Alois Geiger of Huntington Harbour and Paul Mangone of Seal Beach.
Here’s how it ended:
At last report, I moved the White Rook to h7.
Geiger: Black Rook to d1, placing the White King in Check.
White King to f2.
Mangone: Black pawn to d3, placing White King in Check.
White King to f3.
Geiger, Black Rook to c1, capturing the White Rook. That move essentially clinched the game for Black, but I was too stubborn to accept that.
I moved my remaining White Rook to h4, placing Black King in Check.
Mangone: Black King to c3.
White King to e4.
Geiger: Black Rook to e1, placing the White King in Check. (A theme is emerging.)
White King to d5.
Mangone: Black pawn to c1, promoting the pawn to a Queen.
I could have placed the Black King in Check and then captured the Queen two moves later, but I would have lost my remaining Bishop in the process. Then Black would have taken my remaining pawn and my poor King would stand alone on the board, surrounded by enemy chessmen.
Mangone argued, persuasively, that as a matter of respect for my opponents I ought to resign. I saw his point and so no point in dragging out the game. So I resigned. I promised myself I would never do that, but I did and I’m not sorry.
Magone also convinced me to try the other side of the board. So in Chess with Charles 8, I’ll play Black and the Sun Region will play White. Three men have already joined the new game, which I will report on next week.