Do pawns ignore Einstein? | Chess base



[Note that Jon Speelman also looks at the content of the article in video format, here embedded at the end of the article.]

I was lazily watching a pretty random blitz game recently when one of the players had to under-promote. Of course, he had defined “automatic promotion” and there was a significant pause while he got along and was in fact in time to complete the under-promotion and win before being flagged.

Since I don’t play bullet (no problem with thinking speed, but not fast enough with a mouse), I choose not to do automatic promotion. It cost me occasional blitz games, but it makes online chess look a bit more like the “real” version on the chess board, and is in some ways appropriate. After all, a pawn promotion is a huge event in a game of chess, as the energy gathered by the pawn advancing on the chessboard is transformed. in a most anti-Einsteinian way (surely the advance of a pawn does not create as much energy) in serious amounts of matter.

Two weeks ago, I watched “avalanches” of pawns in which a player gave up a considerable amount of material to obtain a phalanx of passed pawns which overwhelmed the enemy. Readers have kindly suggested more, and I’m looking at them today. We also have a game of chess of Einstein himself against the “father of the atomic bomb” Robert Oppenheimer. I also watched a moment from the recent Norwegian chess tournament where while promoting and beating Magnus Carlsen, Sergey Karjakin had to be very specific.

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