BlueEyedRook vs. NN
June 27, 2006
Black to Move (and lose!)
Black is about to play 1... Ke8?? and instantly lose. Do you see why? No embarassments if you can't. It took Chessmaster 9000 a solid 8 minutes to conclude the position is a win for white.
Now I got this. What I am trying to figure out is why?! I can't articulate why this was a losing move, but instinctively I just knew it was.
Again, I note that it is not child's play. Chessmaster 9000 is a pretty solid engine, and up until the 7th minute of analysis it was calling this game a draw. I'd like to hear people's explanations if they have any. As a general rule, I was taught in these situations to bring the rook down the lower ranks (1st or 2nd) and just use the rook to constantly check the white king. But other than that little voice in my head that told me 1... Ke8 was an instant loser, I can't explain why it is.