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The Knights Are Better Here!


The Pawn

Posted by Paul Anderson on May 11, 2014 at 5:10 AM

Game Of The Week


Name:  Pawn

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The older I grow, the more I value Pawns (Keres)


Alias:  Foot Soldier, Gambler (left most Pawn), City Guard or Policeman (Knight Pawn), Innkeeper (Bishop Pawn), Merchant or Moneychanger (King Pawn), Doctor (Queen Pawn), Weaver or Clerk (Bishop Pawn), Blacksmith (Knight Pawn), Worker or Farmer (Rook Pawn)

Number:  8

Starting Square:  2nd Rank

Motto:  “We are second.”

Move:  Forward one square, straight

Capture:  Forward one square, diagonal

Speed:  Slow

Special Ability:  Double Move, En Passant, Promotion

Material Value:  1

Mobility Preference:  Endgame

Spiritual Value:  Meekness

Song:  Don’t Look Back, Boston

Verse:  Luke 9:62 (KJV)


And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.


And the piece that shall humble himself shall be exalted. 


The King has many disciples in his kingdom, but the most humble are the Pawns. They all start on the front lines and never look back.  While every other piece may retreat, the Pawns never will. 


Since he cannot retreat, he will stand his ground until his way is clear. He will capture any enemy piece who dares to flank him, but he never runs.  He deliberately moves only one square at a time and always forward. However, he is eager to serve his King. He may take an extra step at the start of battle, but only then.


The Pawn will take on any mission:


  • He will defend the King
  • He will lay down his life
  • He will capture his enemies


But most importantly he will journey into enemy territory to search out the land and when he reaches the Promised Land, he will be exalted.  The Pawn will be exalted to any other piece the King needs.  How will you exalt the Pawn?  You will have to play to find out!


"The pawn is the soul of chess...They are the very Life of the Game. They alone form the Attack and the Defense; on their good or bad Situation depends the Gain or Loss of the Party."

François-André Danican Philidor, 1749


Here is an example:


Anderson,Douglas - Anderson,Paul [B13]

4-4–1 Email, 26.01.1998


1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 cxd5 4.c4 Nc6 5.Nf3 Bg4 6.cxd5 Qxd5 7.Be2 e6 8.0–0


This was the ninth email game I played with my dad.  It was played in my early days, prior to my tournament career but after I started going to the Colorado Springs Chess Club.


My black opening in those days was the Caro-Kann (1.e4 c6), and this version was the Exchange Variation and Panov-Botvinnik Attack.


8…Bb4 9.h3 Bxf3 10.Bxf3 Qd7 11.a3 Ba5 12.b4 Bb6 13.d5 exd5 14.Bxd5 0–0–0 15.Bb2 Nf6 16.Bxf6 gxf6 17.Nc3 Bd4 18.b5


There are many improvements that could be made in this game.  However, I will let the reader glean those lessons for himself and focus on the endgame, where the Pawns come alive.


Clearly, after my dad gives up his Bishop and Knight for my Knight, the game is won.  However, getting a won game and winning the game are two different things.  Higher rated players have usually mastered the skill of putting away their opponent. I was not at that point yet.


18…Bxc3 19.bxc6 Qxd5 20.cxb7+ Kb8 21.Qxd5 Rxd5 22.Rab1 Rd7 23.Rb3 Be5 24.g3 Rhd8 25.Rfb1 Rd1+ 26.Kg2 Rxb1 27.Rxb1 Rd7 28.Rb4 Rxb7 29.Rh4 f5 30.Rxh7 f4 31.g4 Rc7 32.h4 Kb7 33.g5 Kc6 34.Kf3 Kd5 35.Kg4


Black to move.


See the diagram and answer here:


My superior position begins to dwindle a bit by not understanding that a Blocked Pawn is worth less than a Passed Pawn.  However, I find myself at the position in the diagram with a chance to end the game quickly. I did not find it, and the game went on twice as long as it should have.


35…Ke4 36.f3+ Kd5 37.h5 Ke6 38.Rh6+ Ke7 39.Ra6 Kf8 40.Kf5 Rc5 41.Kg4 Bb8 42.Rh6 Rb5 43.Ra6 Rb6 44.Ra4 Rb3 45.Ra6 Kg7 46.a4 Rb4 47.Kf5 Rb6 48.Ra5 Rc6 49.Kg4 a6 50.Rd5 Bd6 51.Rd4 Bc7 52.Rb4 Rc3 53.Rd4 Rc5 54.Rb4 Bd8 55.Kxf4 Bxg5+ 56.Kg4 Ra5 57.Rc4 Kh6 58.Rd4 Be7 59.Rc4 Rg5+ 60.Kf4 a5 61.Ke3 Bc5+ 62.Ke2 Kxh5 63.f4 Rd5 64.Kf3 f5 65.Rc1 Kg6 66.Ke2 Kf6 67.Kf3 Ke6 68.Re1+ Kd6 69.Rh1 Rd3+ 70.Kg2 Kd5 0–1

The Pawn


[Event "4-4-1"]

[Site ""]

[Date "1998.01.26"]

[Round "?"]

[White "Anderson, Douglas"]

[Black "Anderson, Paul"]

[Result "0-1"]

[ECO "B13"]

[PlyCount "140"]

[EventDate "1997.09.15"]

[TimeControl "0"]


1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. exd5 cxd5 4. c4 Nc6 5. Nf3 Bg4

6. cxd5 Qxd5 7. Be2 e6 8. O-O Bb4 9. h3 Bxf3 10. Bxf3 Qd7 11. a3 Ba5 12. b4 Bb6

13. d5 exd5 14. Bxd5 O-O-O 15. Bb2 Nf6 16. Bxf6 gxf6 17. Nc3 Bd4 18. b5 Bxc3

19. bxc6 Qxd5 20. cxb7+ Kb8 21. Qxd5 Rxd5 22. Rab1 Rd7 23. Rb3 Be5 24. g3 Rhd8

25. Rfb1 Rd1+ 26. Kg2 Rxb1 27. Rxb1 Rd7 28. Rb4 Rxb7 29. Rh4 f5 30. Rxh7 f4 31.

g4 Rc7 32. h4 Kb7 33. g5 Kc6 34. Kf3 Kd5 35. Kg4 Ke4 36. f3+ Kd5 37. h5 Ke6 38.

Rh6+ Ke7 39. Ra6 Kf8 40. Kf5 Rc5 41. Kg4 Bb8 42. Rh6 Rb5 43. Ra6 Rb6 44. Ra4

Rb3 45. Ra6 Kg7 46. a4 Rb4 47. Kf5 Rb6 48. Ra5 Rc6 49. Kg4 a6 50. Rd5 Bd6 51.

Rd4 Bc7 52. Rb4 Rc3 53. Rd4 Rc5 54. Rb4 Bd8 55. Kxf4 Bxg5+ 56. Kg4 Ra5 57. Rc4

Kh6 58. Rd4 Be7 59. Rc4 Rg5+ 60. Kf4 a5 61. Ke3 Bc5+ 62. Ke2 Kxh5 63. f4 Rd5

64. Kf3 f5 65. Rc1 Kg6 66. Ke2 Kf6 67. Kf3 Ke6 68. Re1+ Kd6 69. Rh1 Rd3+ 70.

Kg2 Kd5 0-1


This Week In Chess


On May 6th, the Colorado Springs Chess Club held a free, unrated, Speed event.  NM Buck Buchanan was perfect for the 1st place tour points.


Speed Tournament (G5, RR):

11.0 NM Buck Buchanan

9.5 Daniel Herman

7.0 Earle Wikle*

7.0 Anthony Thomason

6.5 Kevin Kaaoush

5.5 Mark McGough

5.0 Jeff Fox

4.5 Rezheen Hamid

4.5 Dan Cabrera^

3.0 William Benedek

2.5 David Silva

0.0 Shirley Herman

* Sub for Paul Anderson in round 2

^ Sub for Mike Makinney in round 6


Tuesday Night Chess Tour Standings for 2nd Quarter


#    MAX POSSIBLE    64.00    20.00

1    Paul Anderson    38.70    7.20

2    Daniel Herman    32.33    12.00

3    Richard Buchanan    28.00    4.50

4    Mark McGough    20.37    7.03

5    Koji DelConte    20.00    5.00

6    Shirley Herman    17.00    5.00

7    William Benedek    15.03    5.53

8    Joe Pahk    14.70    1.20

9    Earle Wikle    12.00    7.00

10    Imre Barlay    11.00    5.00

11    Katie Wise    9.20    5.20

12    Dean Brown    9.00    4.00

13    Josh Bloomer    8.00    0.00

14    Sara Herman    7.33    3.33

15    Larry Kledzik    7.00    2.00

16    Gunnar Andersen    6.50    3.50

17    Eugin Pahk    6.00    0.00

18    Mike Madsen    6.00    1.00

19    Mike Makinney    6.00    6.00

20    Ben Matthews    6.00    2.00

21    Alex Freeman    5.33    0.00

22    Peter Barlay    5.00    3.00

23    Paul Protheroe    5.00    5.00

24    Jeff Fox    4.50    4.50

25    Rezheen Hamid    4.00    4.00

26    Kevin Kaaoush    3.00    0.00

27    Alex Torres    3.00    0.00

28    Mitch Vincent    3.00    3.00

29    Peter Wise    3.00    1.00

30    Gary Atkinson    2.00    0.00

31    John Byrne    2.00    0.00

32    Robert Jimenez    2.00    0.00

33    Ron Dotson    2.00    0.00

34    Chris Wynkoop    2.00    0.00

35    David Silva    2.00    2.00

36    Bobby Dzagen    1.00    0.00

37    Adam Metzger    1.00    0.00

38    Web McNairy    1.00    0.00

39    Jeremy Hawks    1.00    1.00

40    Phil Van Hawk    1.00    1.00

41    Brandon Hilliard    1.00    1.00

42    Dragan Plakalovic    1.00    1.00

43    Richard Brown    1.00    1.00

44    Thomas Mullikin    1.00    1.00

45    Arthur Knize    1.00    1.00

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