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King Chase

King Chase



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Published by James
Instructive chess game. A king gets chased into checkmate.
Instructive chess game. A king gets chased into checkmate.

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Published by: James on Feb 04, 2009
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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
King Chase
. 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.
©2009 James Jones. All rights reserved.
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It is Black’
s move and the Black rook moves from e8 to e2 checking the White king.Also, this move is attacking both the White king and bishop. The White king retreats from g2 tothe h3 square.Black has to make a decision to capture the White bishop on d2 or continue to chase theking. Black continues the chase by moving its queen from d3 to f3 capturing a pawn andchecking the White king. The White king has only one legal move and retreats from h3 to the h4square.Black continues the pressure on the White King by bringing in its bishop from c5 to f2which checks the King. The Black bishop to e7 move would allow for White
s bishop to block the check, while Black bishop to f2 forces the king from h4 to g5 across its protective pawns intothe wild and towards the Black king
s protective phalanx of pawns on h7, g7, and f7.

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