The Impotent Cleric

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No, I am not writing about the countless charges of child molestation in the Catholic Church. This is an accounting of the low vitality of a particular chess piece called a Bishop.

The diagrammed chess position you see arose from the French Defense where Black is normally the proud owner of a bad Queen’s Bishop. However, here sweet irony reveals Black possessing the superior minor piece in the Knight unassailably posted at the granite like e4 square supported by pawns at f5 and d5. The White Prelate is immured by its own pawns immovably placed at f4 and d4.

Many neophyte lovers of the Royal Game believe in securing the two Bishops at all costs come hell or high water. The first player retained the services of his c1 Bishop only to realize too late that it was an obstruction/liability.

Just a move prior to the diagrammed position White had a chance to play Rook to f1 which could up the Bishop’s sperm count with the idea of Bc1 and b3. Even with this time consuming idea, it is likely that the Black Rook, Queen, and Knight would combine fatally around the White monarch.

This game was played at the ICC where Ahfelon  hopefully learned a valuable lesson about minor piece imbalances.

 

A dysfunctional chess bishop
A dysfunctional chess bishop

 

 

 

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