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ELEMENTARY TACTICS 38 Chess and Checkers: The Way to Mastership 3 | | | ^P | ^R | | | | | |−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−| 2 | ^P | | | | | ^P | ^P | ^P | |−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−| 1 | | | | | | | ^K | | +−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−+ abcdefgh DIAGRAM 35. White starts his mating attack with (1) Kt−f6. This threatens the sacrifice of the Queen on h6 followed by R−g8 mate. White's Knight move can hardly be called a sacrifice as it is quite evident that Black cannot take the Knight on account of Qxh6+, Kt−h7; Q−g7 mate.

The only Pawn moves which fit this description are moves with the King's or Queen's Pawns as they open lines for Queen and Bishop−− apart from an additional square for the Knight−−while the other Pawns cannot free the way for more than one piece. Whether the move with the King's Pawn or the Queen's Pawn is better when beginning the game is impossible to say. In neither case can it be proved that White can obtain an advantage which is sufficient to win the game. With correct play on both sides it can be only White who gains an advantage, for he has the first move and so he is one move ahead of Black in the development as long as he does not waste any time on maneuvers which do not increase the mobility of his pieces.

The only way for White to defend himself is (4) P−f4. If now P−d2, then (5) P−f3, R−e1+; (6) K−f2 affords a sufficient protection. , Re8−e6, then (5) P−f5 prevents the Rook from going to g6. , Re6−e4, which forces White to protect, g4 by (6) P−f3 Black opens the second rank for a combined assault of the Rooks similar to the one illustrated by Diagram 30. , R−g2+ he is forced into the line of the Bishop h3 so that he is exposed to a discovered check. After (7) K−f1, Rxb2 discovered check; (8) K−g1, Re4−e2 White must give up his Queen for the Rook immediately, as otherwise Black would mate in four moves by R−g2+, K−f1, Rxh2+, K−g1, Rb2−g2+; K−f1, Rxh1+/−.

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