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June 6 - Chess Puzzles

Chess puzzles today!

Zephyr got a bunch of books at the Book Barn (the greatest used book store on planet Earth) yesterday and he really wanted to read them, so it was a little difficult getting him to take time out to do a chess puzzle.  I promised him it would be quick. I had laid out the following problem from Bobby Fischer's book:

Play along!

Play along!

Zephyr was black, and had to find the move he had to do to get out of check. It was a problem he needed to look at the whole board to figure out, but there was only one correct answer.

Nope, pawns don't move like that

Nope, pawns don't move like that

Did you get it? It was moving the Rook over to interpose. It took a little time and focus, but Zephyr got there.

Afterwards, while Zephyr read, I quizzed Lyric on piece names (once again he got everything except the Bishop, the only two syllable chess piece) and started showing him how each piece moved. I said he'd like the Knight because it makes L shapes when he moves, like the first letter of "Lyric".

And then Lyric wanted to see how many pieces he could balance on an upside down Rook.

And then Lyric wanted to see how many pieces he could balance on an upside down Rook.

Selfgrade: B. It would've been nice to fit in a game with Zephyr, but it wasn't in the cards.