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Eight Square™: In Hot Pursuit
The king is both the most venerable and vulnerable chess piece on the board. Especiallyin the opening, the king should be protected. Protection for the king can be accomplished bycastling or forming a defense. If not, as the game develops, the king can be susceptible to acheck that forces the king to move. This check precludes the king from performing the castlingspecial move in the future. A king that has neither castled nor formed a defense may be chasedout of the safety of a back-rank and most-likely pursued into checkmate. This hot pursuit iscalled a
. A King Chase may require capturing opponent
s pieces, passing upopportunities to capture pieces, or even sacrificing pieces. Queens are especially effectively atKing Chase.Here is an instructive example of a King Chase.Material is balanced. But, it
is Black’s move
, and the Black queen begins the chase. TheBlack queen moves from d5 to d3, taking the pawn and checking the White king. The White kinghas only one legal square to move f1 to g2. If White blocked the check with its queen, the Whitequeen would just be captured because of the rook on e8.