Why King Hunts?
An important skill that we must learn how to master in chess is the ability to conduct a King hunt. In the opening or the middle-game our Kings should seek comfort and shelter so that we can plan our strategies calmly and rationally. To have that peace disturbed can lead to a swift and decisive defeat.
Our job should be, when the opponent a poor job of sheltering his majesty, to upset the monarch and force him on a road that leads directly into our position. When our opponent has not paid attention to the safety of his King there might exist the possibility of a King hunt.
The closer he is to our territory the easier it is to reach our goal of checkmate. King hunts are also a lot of fun!
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The Rules of a King Hunt
The King Hunt in Practice
Below we will show you a brilliant example of a determined Master hunting down another Master’s King.
The game we have chosen is Edward Lasker vs Sir George A Thomas in Oct 1912. The game is called The Fatal Attraction Game and now we will see why.
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[Event “Casual game”]
[Site “London ENG”]
[White “Edward Lasker”]
[Black “George Alan Thomas”]
1.d4 e6 2.Nf3 f5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 Be7 5.Bxf6 Bxf6 6.e4 fxe4 7.Nxe4 b6 8.Ne5
O-O 9.Bd3 Bb7 10.Qh5 Qe7 11.Qxh7+ Kxh7 12.Nxf6+ Kh6 13.Neg4+ Kg5 14.h4+
Kf4 15.g3+ Kf3 16.Be2+ Kg2 17.Rh2+ Kg1 18.Kd2# 1-0
I think you would agree that Edward Lasker ( a distant cousin of Emmanuel Lasker) was truly inspired that day!
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