Speaking Chess : N D5-C7 x B

It was his Dad’s turn
Nope, Malcolm didn’t see that one coming
Careless as usual
But his response was atypical and several moves later

His Dad was caught by surprise
whilst Mal was beaming from ear to ear

At the cost of a rook, he managed to capture Dad’s queen and a bishop
Seemed like a good deal to him
Maybe he wasn’t really that careless after all

However, age, experience, pride and sheer willpower to not lose prevailed in the end
His Dad won after all and didn’t have to beat a hasty retreat
with his tail between his legs

But the point was crystal clear
Malcolm will kick his butt in chess if he isn’t paying attention

But just two weeks ago, the sight picture would have been entirely different
We used to chide Malcolm for being a lousy sport
Every time he loses his queen, he would kick up a big fuss
and insist on “undoing” the moves and getting his queen back
But all this seem to have changed after some training this holiday

The chess pieces suddenly became compromises and tradeoff decisions
They became a means to an end
Losing a prized possession is now ok
as long as favourable exchange ratios were met in the strategy of attrition
or even better, if positional advantage were gained or critical terrain captured in the strategy of manoeuvre

From this perspective, sacrificing a knight to prevent a castling is not incontemplatable

Forks, discovered attacks, pins, skewers and sacrifices have nothing to do with cutlery or pagan worship
I am learning a new language
Indeed they are chess tactics designed to maintain strategic ambiguity while exacting punishment on the adversary

For now,  his Dad is still keeping up, albeit barely
But at the rate that we are going, it is only a matter of time before his son starts beating him all comprehensively





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