|Diagram 1. White to move|
It took me quite some time to screw up this position. Most immobile piece: the black king.
First question answered. Sitting duck = black king.
Second question: what is the weakest defender? Answer: wrong question.
I already suspected that I needed more "second questions", depending on the type of position.
Of course this means that the second question must be "what type of position is this?"
Which means I must unearth a list of possible types, along with their associated "third questions". You might remember the "scenario's" from the title of this previous post. I failed to write comprehensible about the scenario's I had in mind back then, but hopefully you will get an impression of what I mean by scenario's now.
The first position where I unearthed the second question was in this post. What can we say about the type of position from that post? "A defender prevented the invasion".
What can we say from the position above? The black king suffers from fleas. We must prevent the black king from fleeing to f6 after 1.Nf2 Bxg5 2.Nd3+
I must overcome my creative anemia that can only think of covering f6 with Ne4 or g5, by guiding my attention in the right direction by asking the proper question "how can I cover the only flea square?
So there you have it:
Question 1: who is the sitting duck?
Question 2: which type of scenario do we have here?
Scenario 1: invasions are prevented by several defenders.
Question 3: which one is the weakest defender?
Scenario 2: king can flee
Question 3: how can I cover the flea square?
Linguistic quibblings are welcome at all time. Since becoming better in English has always been the specious reason to keep this blog in the air at times that chess progress proved to be elusive.If I still mess up flea and flee, read skedaddle.