White: King’s pawn to King’s three.
At 10:29 p.m. last evening the Navy confirmed it hit a falling and potentially dangerous defense intelligence satellite using an SM-3 missile fired from the deck of the USS Lake Erie in the Northern Pacific.
Officials say the missile likely destroyed its intended target, a 1,000 pound tank of toxic hydrazine fuel.
“There are good first indications the shot was successful. There was an explosion on impact and over 80 pieces of debris were detected after initial assessments,” an official said.
Black: King’s Bishop’s pawn, to KBp three.
North Korea announced Tuesday it was preparing to send a satellite into orbit in what American and South Korean officials believe will be a provocative test of a long-range missile capable of reaching parts of North America.
White: Queen to King’s Knight four.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton warned that such a “provocative act” could jeopardize the stalled talks on supplying North Korea with aid and other concessions in exchange for dismantling its nuclear program.
Black: King’s Rook’s pawn to KR five.
North Korea declared last month that it was making “brisk headway” in preparations to send a communications satellite into space, and notified aviation and maritime authorities that the launch would take place between April 4 and 8, between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.
White: Queen to King’s Knight six.
The US has deployed two warships with anti-missile capabilities in the waters off Japan as tensions mount over North Korea’s plans to test-fire a long-range ballistic missile capable of striking Alaska…
The US Navy spokesman said the two destroyers – the USS McCain and USS Chafee – equipped with Aegis technology capable of tracking and destroying missiles had left Sasebo port in southwestern Japan. “I would say we are ready for any contingencies,” he added.
Checkmate. That is, of course, if everyone has the stones to follow through.
This could really get interesting.
Update: White resigns.
The United States has no plans to shoot down the North Korean rocket, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Wednesday in an interview with CNN’s Jill Dougherty, but will raise the issue with the U.N. Security Council if Pyongyang carries out a launch.
A good chess player always knows when to resign. I wish we had one.