King-and-pawn vs. King: The ‘O’ Word

      The king vs. king exercise is usually the first thing I share with an unfamiliar student, and the know-everything-already kids say: “I know about opposition.” I ask them to omit the jargon until demonstrating their command of the idea (and you see that I delay using the term in my writing, too). Shifting the kings to the a-file sometimes reveals that they know the fancy words, but not the moves.