Having lost seven straight games playing White, I figured I should try playing Black. I couldn’t hurt, I thought.
Hasn’t helped so far, I don’t think.
I’m down six chessmen to the Sun Region’s three. I’ve lost my Queen, one Knight and four pawns. White, on the other hand, has lost two Knights and a pawn. The enemy is deep in my territory. I’ve lost the chance to castle, an important defensive tactic.
Huntington Harbour’s Alois Geiger opened the new game, moving the White pawn to e4.
Black Knight to f6.
Seal Beach’s Paul Mangone: White pawn to e5.
Black pawn to e4.
Geiger: White Queen to e2.
Black pawn to d5.
Mangone captured the pawn “en passant” (in passing,) moving the White pawn to d6.
Black Knight to d6.
Seal Beach’s Matt Murphree moved the White Knight to c3.
Black pawn to e5.
Geiger: White pawn to d3.
Black Bishop to f5.
Mangone: White Queen to e5, placing the Black King in Check.
Black Bishop to e7, protecting the King.
Geiger: White Queen to g7, capturing a pawn.
Black Rook to f8 in order to prevent the White Queen from capturing it.
Mangone: White Knight to f3.
Black pawn to c5.
Geiger: White Queen to e5, pinning the Black Bishop to the Black King.
Black Knight to C6, threatening the White Queen.
Mangone: White Queen to c5.
Black Queen to d7.
Murphree: White Knight to e5.
Black Queen to e6. At this point, the two sides were converging on horizontal row six. White’s King was (and remains) exposed to a frontal attack.
Then Mangone came into the Sun office. While he pondered his next move, Geiger also came in. The two men discussed their plans for the next two moves in the game.
Mangone: White Knight to b5.
Black pawn to f6. This was blunder. I was paying more attention to my plans than my adversary’s likely attack.
Geiger: White Knight to c7, placing the Black King in Check. It was a perfect “fork” maneuver. The White Knight threatened the King, the Queen and one Rook. The rules require me to save my King, so one of the other two pieces was doomed. The Queen is considered the most powerful piece on the board.
Black King to d8.
Mangone: White Knight to e6, capturing the Black Queen.
Black Bishop to e6, capturing the White Knight.
Geiger: White Knight to c6, capturing the Black Knight and placing the Black King in Check.
Black pawn to c6, capturing the White Knight.
The game isn’t over yet. White has massively damaged Black, but White has not deployed either of the two Rooks or either of the two Bishops.
I’ve got to launch an attack on White—and soon—if I want to regain the initiative and have a prayer of winning.
Your move, Sun Region