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  1. 22 Jun '08 02:52
    Attacking with pieces other than your queen is sensible sometimes, but don't use other pieces just for the sake of it.
    Take advantage of your queen!.

    Use your queen because:

    a) Its the strongest piece, therefore she can cause the most damage
    b) other than the rook, the queen is the only piece that can singlehandedly checkmate the king


    Now honestly, lets think about this. For everyone following the Euro championships this should strike home. Now imagine your chess pieces as a futbol team, and your opponents as the same. Like high level futbol teams, you two are evenly matched in power, its about intelligence.
    Would anyone ever play to win with their weakest players? The answer, we have seen is yes with 8-10 changes in the starting lineups for the Portuguese and the Dutch. These teams essentially played with their knights. They took their queens out of practice, and then when the game mattered and they started attacking with their queen's again, Ruud Van Nistelroy couldn't protect King Van der Saar and his lead.

    The queen, in competition can dominate any other piece on the board, but if you hold it back you cannot utilize her power.

    Bottom line; Be mean, attack with your queen!
  2. 22 Jun '08 06:00
    Originally posted by tamuzi
    Attacking with pieces other than your queen is sensible sometimes, but don't use other pieces just for the sake of it.
    Take advantage of your queen!.

    Use your queen because:

    a) Its the strongest piece, therefore she can cause the most damage
    b) other than the rook, the queen is the only piece that can singlehandedly checkmate the king


    Now honestl ...[text shortened]... u hold it back you cannot utilize her power.

    Bottom line; Be mean, attack with your queen!
    it certainly seems to work well for you.
  3. Standard member SwissGambit
    Caninus Interruptus
    22 Jun '08 09:41
    Originally posted by tamuzi
    b) other than the rook, the queen is the only piece that can singlehandedly checkmate the king
    No piece can singlehandedly checkmate the enemy King. At minimum, you need one other piece to protect it, or one enemy piece to block a flight square.
  4. 22 Jun '08 10:02
    SG is right. I'll give you £100 if you can mate the Black King.

  5. Standard member Green Frog
    soccer player
    22 Jun '08 11:01
    you can stalemate the king
  6. 22 Jun '08 11:31
    Originally posted by Green Frog
    you can stalemate the king
    Ah, a legal loophole. Greenpawn didn't specify what kind of mate.
  7. 22 Jun '08 14:13
    Also...(I meant checkmate)

    Even when the Queen has a few buddies - it still cannot CHECKMATE



    Leave the Black King on c7. The Black King stays on c7.
    do not move the Black King from c7

    Have you got that?
    Now checkmate the Black King (that stays on c7).
  8. 22 Jun '08 14:36
    Originally posted by greenpawn34
    Also...(I meant checkmate)

    Even when the Queen has a few buddies - it still cannot [b]CHECKMATE


    [fen]8/2k5/8/8/8/8/8/2BQK3 W--[/fen]

    Leave the Black King on c7. The Black King stays on c7.
    do not move the Black King from c7

    Have you got that?
    Now checkmate the Black King (that stays on c7).[/b]
    OK, 1.Qc2#, since you said the black king must remain on c7.
  9. 22 Jun '08 14:39
    ....sigh...
  10. 22 Jun '08 14:44
    Originally posted by greenpawn34
    ....sigh...
    Yeah, I really know what you meant, but I couldn't resist having a bit of fun. But I'm not sure you and SG realize that tamuzi was having some fun, too.
  11. 22 Jun '08 16:14
    Of course we did - it's the silly season.

    But it's always good to download these junk positions
    that I carry in my head.