But there is a manoeuvre in chess that time and time again sets my heart a-flutter in chess, and I would like to know what to call it. And it's not some esoteric theme glimpsed only in studies, but something simple - if uncommon. I find the act of putting the queen en prise one of the most beautiful things in chess; that is, offering her for sacrifice without capturing anything. When it's done soundly, of course. An example from a recent newspaper article can be found in the diagram on the right, where it's white to play and win.
Why do I find it so beautiful? I have no idea. Maybe because I typically fail to spot these tactics, and if you suffer similarly then just hover the mouse over the diagram for the solution.
Of course, I know full well that others enjoy this theme. That the almost ninety-year-old (possibly constructed) game Edwin Ziegler Adams versus Carlos Torre-Repetto is still famous and celebrated proves as much.
What to call such a manoeuvre? The only term that springs to my mind is The Queen Waft. For my part on the board, I'm glad to say that when an on-line blitz game presented me the opportunity to waft my own queen, I took the chance to make a small contribution in this little corner of chess beauty.
The diagram to the left might be captioned:
White to play and win more than an exchange and a pawn.
Again, if you want the solution, just hover the mouse over the board.
Why do I want to give it a name? Maybe to make it easier to find other examples. Maybe because I think such moments deserve to be recognized as a bit magical. Why do I find such really quite simple moments rather special? I have no idea. Questions, questions, questions.
Two more: can you think of a better name than Queen Waft? Any further examples to share?