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  1. 24 Jan '12 01:23
    Stumbled upon this at work.

    This is the real McCoy....

    The Assassin Pawn par excellence

    YouTube
  2. Subscriber Ponderable
    chemist
    24 Jan '12 09:53
    Originally posted by greenpawn34
    Stumbled upon this at work.

    This is the real McCoy....

    The Assassin Pawn par excellence

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UkOgGdZIdCc
    Well found, greenpawn, however I don't understand how the pawen can change it's colour, is it unlike the lepard?
  3. 24 Jan '12 19:48 / 2 edits
    I know, it's really sneaky. The old pawn changing colour trick.

    I've not seen that since the pre Staunton days.

    White to play and mate in 3.


    1b8= Black Knight!!


  4. 25 Jan '12 00:29
    Originally posted by greenpawn34

    1b8= Black Knight!!
    come on, this can't be right.... is like mating with the third rochade...
  5. 25 Jan '12 01:49 / 3 edits
    An old rule stated:

    Upon reaching the 8th rank a pawn may be exchanged for another piece
    (except a King) of the player choosing.
    (The fact it had to be one of your pieces was not in the rules.)

    Also, at one time you could only take a piece that had been previously captured.
    You could not have two Queens on the board. If the player promoting the
    pawn had not lost a piece it stayed on the board as a pawn.
    Philidor was in favour of that rule and that is the rules about pawn
    promotion given in his book. (So much for Pawns being the Soul of Chess.)

    (The correct quote is: "Pawns are the very soul of the game." )

    The wee puzzle I posted actually falls in line with another pre-Staunton rule.
    You could only take a piece the corresponds to that file.

    So promoting an a-pawn or h-pawn meant you had to take a Rook.
    A b-pawn or g-pawn meant you could only take a Knight. etc..etc..
    (above I have followed that rule by promoting on a b-file and taking a Knight.)
    Promoting a an e-pawn gave you a free choice.
  6. 25 Jan '12 06:56
    Originally posted by greenpawn34

    (above I have followed that rule by promoting on a b-file and taking a Knight.)
    Promoting a an e-pawn gave you a free choice.
    Yet another principle undermining the value of 1. e4.

    Q
  7. Standard member Thabtos
    I am become Death
    31 Jan '12 16:52
    Anyone notice that the Queens were on the Kings' squares?