Wednesday 18 December 2019

International Chess Challenge: Is The King Safe?

Our International Chess Challenge took a break while we were working at the London Chess Classic but yesterday brought some new moves.

The moves so far:

1 e4 e5
2 Qh5 Nc6
3 d3 Nf6
4 Qh4 g6
5 Bg5 Bg7

Hutt now played 6 Bh6, offering a swap of bishops. The Links players discussed several options to prevent going behind in material and these were: 6 ...Bxh6, 6 ...0-0, 6 ...Rg8, 6 ...Nh5 and 6 ...Kf8, all of which defended the bishop on g7.

Eventually The Links opted for 6 ...0-0, which gives us this position.

Hutt International Boys' School (New Zealand) v The Links (England)

Will the black king be safe or will White's attacking pieces be able to cause significant problems?

There will be a pause in the action as we head into the Christmas break but we will resume the game early in January 2020.

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