Monday, January 16, 2006

Are you saved?

I haven’t blogged for a few days simply, well, because I couldn’t be bothered.

But apparently I’m bothered again, as here I am, at it again. What is more, I have a whole load planned for the coming week!

I apologise that I’m starting off by posting on chess. I realise that most of you, my readers, are theologically inclined, and have no interest in the game (apart from TB). But this is exactly the point: You ought to be interested in chess (for those of you who want to hear my latest sermon, 8 Reasons Why You Aren’t Saved If You Don’t Love And Play Chess, should click here).

Anyway, this was the position I found myself in this morning, during a tournament game. I had managed to quickly equalise the position with the Black pieces (a good thing as White always has the first move), but allowed my position to be invaded by his Queen and Bishop. Nevertheless, I sent the Knight on a mad suicide mission – an assassination attempt on none other than the White King – to counter White’s looming threats, and wonderfully save the game. The position below is Black to play, see if you can find the move I played to secure a forced draw. Click on the board to see and play the answer:



At 1/16/2006 3:30 AM, Anonymous T.B. Vick said...

Your move of the black knight by the white King was my second option, studying the board and given that it was black's move.

However, why did you not move the knight up and threaten the white queen forcing her away from your king?

At 1/16/2006 5:02 AM, Anonymous Ben Myers said...

Nice one.

At 1/16/2006 5:07 AM, Anonymous T.B. Vick said...

Never mind, I see that the queen would have taken the knight and you'd be right back where you were.

At 1/17/2006 12:33 AM, Anonymous Chris Tilling said...

Yes, being 'right back where I started' was not good! He has a couple of positional pluses (a. Bishop against Knight with pawns on both sides of the board - the Bishop is better at handling these positions as it has a longer 'reach'. b. His queenside pawn are nicely advanced. c. My king is hopelessly exposed), and I so need to force a draw, or I'm a gonna!


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