A Tasty Pawn

I’ve been playing chess since I was just a kid. My father taught me the game, which I’ve grown more and more fond of since. I’m a member of the local chess club, but I rarely go there, as it takes too much of my time. Instead, I enjoy an occassional game or two on Yahoo! Games, especially now when I’m taking a little break from web-design. You’re up for a game? Contact me, perhaps we can set it up sometime.

If some of you are chess players too, perhaps you’ll find this little combination interesting. “A Tasty Pawn” is one of my favorites, and one many of my opponents don’t have a real answer for. I’ve found it in a 1969 book by B. S. Vajn┼ítejn. Here it goes, in algebraic chess notation, which I got right, hopefully…

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6

A very common opening, among beginners and experts alike, I’m sure you’ll agree.

3. Bc4

View the first example (the screenshots are from Yahoo! Chess).

The black decides not to defend the central pawn and venture into enemy territory. This is where the trap is being set.

3. … Kd4

The white now believes he can take the lose black pawn and attack the opponent’s king’s wing.

4. Ke5: Qg5 5. Kf7:

The white seemingly had the upper hand, thanks to the penetration of the knight and the bishop, but the black is already very much in control.

View the second example.

5. … Qg2: 6. Rf1 Qxe4+

By moving the rook next to the king, the white is trying to defend. However, the black queen can easily maneuver and put the white under serious pressure.

View the third example.

7. Be2

Seven moves into the game, it all ends very, very quickly.

7. … Kf3++

View the fourth and final example.

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