Tim came to the club buzzing with these a few weeks ago.
A Zugzwang (German: forced move) is a chess position where, if it's your turn to move, you lose, and if your opponent has the move, you might be OK.
Here's an example from one of my own games: anything White does loses. We say, White is in Zugzwang.
Black can doodle happily with pawn moves, but any move of a white Pawn or piece loses at least a Pawn. White in fact threw himself on the sword with
...coming to the Princess Theatre, Torquay
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Ancient chessplayers who remember the KK struggles of the late 1970s and early 1980s will find some echoes here.
Lyricist Tim Rice is apparently a chess player, although he seems to have let his grading lapse.
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Date: Fri, 28 Jan 2011 19:38:33 +0000
"Happy is the man who can make a living by his hobby!", said GBS, but typically there's not a lot of overlap between my day job in health and education and my pastime of chess.
Then two come along at once :)
Penny dropped: it's the Countdown numbers game!
There's a special captain's treat that I save for myself, which is picking the teams for the Peter Rooke Cup. I'm after the best team of 8 players for the matches from the available pool, who together are inside the grading limit of 1120 (formerly 1000).
After some fiddling with a spreadsheet, I managed to hit exactly the limit of 1120 this year, one chap dropped out, then the closest I could get was 1119, which is still pretty good.
Then today our opponents cancelled because of Weather, so I have to start again...
Occasionally, two unconnected bits of the world collide in the space between my ears, which can make me laugh.
I don't know if Nigel Short still refers to Judit Polgar as 'Lassie'.
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