Friday, January 15, 2010
Watch your six
The rook belongs behind the passed pawn, no wether it is our passed pawn or our opponents.
Seen from my point of view everything close to me is in front and everything far away is behind.
Seen from the point of view of my king one might argue that the front is far away and if he sends a pawn forward he sends them to the front so behind the front is close to the king while in front is far away.
If I must put a rook behind a passed pawn from my opponent is that that seen from my point of view, my king's, my opponent's or my opponent's king's?
As a computerprogrammer ambiguity in language is my enemy and I'm used to drive my future users mad with questions. Rules as the above are quite useless if you don't understand the why behind the rule. Although My System obscures the why behind the rules with poetic language, close reading usally reveals the why. That's the big plus of this book. In this case: the why is because the rook must be as active as possible. Now that's enough to figure out where my behind is.