Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Shaul Hon Reporting -- II

Source: see below
From the same column mentioned in the previous post, we see an attempt by Shaul Hon to show chess in war. Taking his cue from a lecture by the IDF's chief of operations, Gen. Yadin, which described the attack on the enemy's left flank (towards Gaza) as a diversion, so as to switch to an attack on his right flank (towards Bir Alsuj and Ujah). He found a similar ending, by Safonov (1929), where "Israel" (White) wins by first attacking on "Egypt"'s (Black) kingside, and then switching to the queenside, with Hon's military-style annotations:

1. Bf3 we seem to wish to attack Gaza. Black repulses the attack: QxB. Here comes the sudden break towards the other flank, using an old Roman way, between the enemy's position: 2. Qf7+ Black runs for his life: Ke4. We entered enemy territory while pursuing him: 3. Qe8+ Kf5 4. Qf8+ Ke4. Now our army goes all the way to El Arish: 5. Qa8+ Black sends reinforcements: d5. Now we receive a withdrawal order from enemy territory: 6. Qe8+ (we are back in Abu Agila). Kf5. We now completely evacuate enemy territory: 7. Qf7+. Black, cut off from supplies and sources, encloses himself in the Gaza pocket: Ke4. And now just one step to victory: 8. Qh6 mate!

While chess is, of course, often compared to war, it is to be wondered how often chess actual games (or studies) were deliberately annotated to illustrate specific "real life" battles. 

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