Chess: Castle

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The demon stared at the board for so long that I began to wish we’d set a game clock. My nerves were raw by this point, and I was getting antsy. Deliberate or not, as psychological warfare goes, the delay tactic was brilliant. All I could do was sit and stew while waiting for him to make his move.

Finally – finally! – he capitalized on the threat to my Queen, capturing it with his Bishop and placing it in a position to better control the center of the board. My heart skipped a beat. I’d known it was coming, but that didn’t make it any easier to take. Now I was down my strongest piece while he still had his — and a better developed position. I had to play things carefully from here on out if I was to have any hope of winning.

I Castled — Queen-side. Less powerful than the King-side Castle, but in this case more defensible. I’d committed too many resources to my prior attack for a King-side Castle to be practical.

The demon Castled — King-side and strong. He looked up at me and winked. Then he grinned.

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  1. Avatar Seb Feast

    Oh my favourite move, Castling! Brilliant. :D Now what can I add to this…
    Also Jim, are you coming back to Reclaimer any time soon? I know I want to use Reach to make some shiny new Rebellion posts. Gotta get photoshop back though. Anyways, I wanna see how you do the transition between Halo 3 and Reach. :)

  2. Avatar Jim Stitzel

    I am, hopefully on Monday. Gotta look into things this weekend to see how I want to handle the change.

  3. Avatar Seb Feast

    I seem to have encountered a small writers block. While I try and hide it away somewhere, can someone else sequel this instead of me? You could If you’re not too busy, Jim, but I admit I’d rather let you keep working towards another Reclaimer post ;)

  4. Avatar Amaris Wolfe

    Love Reclaimer! Can’t wait for, maybe, Monday! Yay!

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