Chess: Gambit

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My attack was two-pronged and subtle. I had the demon’s King – my prize – backed into a corner. It was a brilliant, tactical solution. He could block check from one direction, only to open up a line of attack from another. Capture the threat, provide an avenue for a stronger attack. It was perfect, and the demon had played it exactly the way I had hoped. That should have been my first warning.

So confident was I that my strategy was flawless that I failed to realize that the entire thing hinged on one piece – a bishop. The demon moved his knight next to his King to block my Queen’s challenge. This did two things – opened his own bishop to threaten my Queen, and put his Knight into a position to challenge my lynch-pin bishop. I could choose to remove my Queen from danger and so lose my bishop, or spare the bishop and go down a Queen. Either way, my meticulously thought-out plan had just gone up in flames.

The demon laughed; my guts churned acid.

I had a choice to make, and I had no idea what to do.

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  1. Avatar Seb Feast

    Oooh I love it! :D
    I was going to try and get round any technical description of tactics because I didn’t think I was capable, so you’ve just done me a BIG favour! Fancy doubling up on writing this?

  2. Avatar Jim Stitzel

    I love to play chess, and while I’m no expert, I tend to be a better player than the average Joe on the street. Used to play competitively, too. I miss tournament chess, actually.

    And sure, I’m ok with tag-teaming this, especially since SSC hasn’t done anything with our sci-fi series recently.

  3. Avatar Luke Nicolaou

    Haha, you actually managed to make chess sound interesting!! For that, I applaud you :D

  4. Avatar Jim Stitzel

    Fantastic! It’s pretty hard to make textual descriptions of chess interesting, especially for anyone who might not play. Glad it worked for you!

  5. Avatar Seb Feast

    I don’t know how I’m going to carry on from this one…fancy writing the next bit yourself if you have time, Jim? I’ll contribute another one afterwards. :)

  6. Avatar Jim Stitzel

    Certainly. I’ll whip something up this afternoon. :)

  7. Avatar Seb Feast

    Beautiful. ^^

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