The ninth pawn is philosophical, living only at the corner of the eye as a minor startling occurrence when first conjured. It is of no consequence in the evolution of the actual game, but as other minor desires of life, it remains a snagging in the back of our minds. There are times we wish the ninth pawn existed “on our side”; there are times it seems the “other side” has unfairly inherited an army of ninth pawns. It is a matter of narrow perspectives. Vijay Fafat is a Singapore based banker.