Black drew first blood with a Bishop sniping my Knight while I was busy getting my Clergy sorted. I carried on and castled early after revenging myself on a central Black Pawn. The Black Queen followed on the heels of her assassin and appeared to want to terrorize my household, coming right to the second rank and killing an innocent Pawn. Then it hit me. I had seen this before! A mother grouse will drop a wing and run off in a direction opposite to that which she wants to conceal. I looked beyond her tempestuous behavior and saw her Naked King. He had, even at this early stage of the game, no chance to castle, no bodyguard and was in fact able to be put in check in two ways which soon became three, in spite of the Grouse Hen's behavior. Using the tempo gained by my first check, I sent my Queen to do actual work. She revenged my fallen, took Black's Castle, froze Black's Bishop and Knight on the 8th rank and provided cover from a distance to what remained of my forces. All the while the Naked King blocked his remaining Castle from being of any immediate use. Whenever I needed a free turn to make a protective move against the rampaging Grouse Hen, I simply checked her Naked King. The mid-game was spent with the Grouse Hen down in my half, ready to gobble up Pawns and almost able to check my King. I left her there but made any defensive moves I needed to while putting my attack schemes on hold. The frozen pieces thawed when I was finally checked and had to move my Queen in response. Exchanges were made resulting in the flushing out of the Black King and the loss of all his army. It was not an easy win and the mid-game was an accident waiting to happen.
Copyright © 2019 by Michael A. Hawes. All Rights Reserved.
This GO Companion Chess Computer's maximum Swedish Elo strength is 750. I always bear in mind that even defeating level 64 (h8) would not be boast-worthy. Rather, it would be a modest starting point in the world of Chess. I am an occasional player who has admired the game since I was about five years old in Louisiana. Herein will be recorded my Wins as mementos of the many happy hours spent in this noble pursuit.
Michael Hawes was born in Texas, raised in Louisiana and lives in British Columbia.