This is a quick follow up to my previous posts “Boy #3, Six-Year-Old Future World Chess Champion” and “Chess Champion turned Guerilla Warrior” (though I am sure that Boy #3 prefer that I inform the world of the fact that he is now seven).
Earlier today I was playing chess with Boy #2 — that’s right: my nine-year-old, whose visage strikes fear into squirrels worldwide. Like his younger brother before him, Boy #2 revealed a startling new chess move heretofore unknown to the world… One which will surely change the way the game is played forever.
I had just moved my knight to reveal an attack from my rook that (I carelessly assumed) placed Boy #2 into checkmate — a circumstance I happily announced and explained, thinking it was an opportunity to educate him a bit. A mistake, indeed, as it was I who was to be schooled today.
He sat there for a moment, examining the board to determine his options. Then, grabbing his bishop — which had, up to this moment, seemed blocked on the other side of the board by several intervening pieces — he triumphantly yelled, “POWER POPE!” as he jumped the bishop over all the other pieces to attack my rook.
I can’t believe I have never heard of that move before. My guess is that no one has, and that Boy #2 is, indeed, another radically innovative chess genius among my offspring. Two in one family… What are the odds?
Indeed, I am raising a generation of super-intelligent chess prodigies, whom I shall unleash on the chess-playing world at just the right time (that is, such a time as will maximize monetary profit).
Have a wonderful Sabbath! 🙂