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Last Chance Saloon 2013

    LAST CHANCE SALOON

Delancey UK Schools Chess Challenge
9:30am Monday 6th May 2013 at Heavitree Social Club, Exeter, EX1 3BS
ENTRY FEE   £8.00   (please make cheques payable to EJCC)

This event is for all junior chess players in the Devon area who have not had a chance to qualify for the Devon MEGAFINAL on Sat 15th June, or who would like another chance to qualify.  (Please don't enter if you have already qualified!)

The Long and the Short of it

I was chatting about score sheets at the club last night - which only go
up to 70-80 moves.

Shortest possible game? Fool's Mate.

[Event "Fool's Mate"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "????.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "NN"]
[Black "NN"]
[Result "*"]
[ECO "A02"]
[PlyCount "4"]

1. f4 e6 2. g4 Qh4# *

You don't usually get to play it but you can use the ideas:

[pgn]
[Event "Rex Willis Blitz Gambit Tournament"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2005.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Kuan, Franco"]
[Black "Waters, Simon"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "A02"]
[PlyCount "10"]

Notes from chess club

I mentioned a few things tonight and last week that I thought you might find interesting:

The Game of Life:
http://www.bitstorm.org/gameoflife/
http://www.math.com/students/wonders/life/life.html

The Opera Box Game:
http://exeterchessclub.org.uk/content/opera-box-game

The Slav and Semi-Slav:
http://exeterchessclub.org.uk/content/slav-or-semi

cheers

D

Coaching discussions at the Riviera Tournament, 2012

At the Riviera Tournament on Saturday 6th October 2012, I plonked myself in a room and did an all-day drop-in coaching session.

This is what we talked about:

Kriegspiel

We were on display last Sunday at CCANW [ http://www.ccanw.co.uk/ ], and one of the things I thought to show the crowds was Kriegspiel - one form of chess that might count as a spectator sport. It's a sort of a cross between chess and battleships. We had a go on Tuesday night with Jeremy, Charlie and Jon.

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RNBQKBNR

White looking North

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RNBQKBNR

Umpire

Black looking South

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The way it works is this:

Storm on a chessboard

A few years ago I was interested in David Pritchard's account of an original
French game (Tempête sur l'échiquier) in his book of chess variants. I found
the artwork a delight, and was curious recently to try and discover what had
been made of it since - in particular, if there is now an English version.
Indeed there is, released by Steve Jackson games:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knightmare_Chess

And it has a fan page:

http://knightmarechess.tripod.com/thegame_r.html.

The team at Chess Variants led by the indefatigable Hans Bodlaender give

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Solitaire Chess

Visiting the hospital recently I spotted a nice new game. You'll know the game Solitaire, where you reduce a set of pegs by capturing to a single survivor.(Peg Solitaire to the Yanks [what they call Solitaire, played with cards, we call Patience]).
http://www.web-games-online.com/peg-solitaire/

ThinkFun have produced a chess version, available as a physical set, or a mobile phone app that you can try for free.
http://www.thinkfun.com/solitairechess

You're given a position, and have to make a series of captures to reduce the number of pieces to one.

A fairly easy one:

Kriegspiel

Kriegspiel is a great game for three people and an audience. The audience has the most fun. It's like a cross between chess and battleships.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battleship_%28game%29

You're White, you have a chessboard and a set of chess pieces, your opponent has their own chessboard and pieces and plays black. You sit back to back. An umpire lets you know when your opponent has moved, if there is a capture or a check, and keeps a score. And that's more or less it!

http://www.chessvariants.org/incinf.dir/kriegspiel.html

Mate in Two

Oliver and Leo had a go at this one, a favourite of mine:

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Over to you!

Need some help?

Read on...

Some points for starters:

If the Knight and Bishop move, that's checkmate, and in fact, no other mate in two seems possible.

Those are 8 black Pawns about to Queen, however.

So, move the Bishop somewhere, say, 1. Be6, to prevent the black King escaping.

Now, 1...a1Q 2.Na6#

And even 1...c1Q 2.Nc6# and 1...e1Q 2.N any #

But if Black promotes another pawn, it might be mate, but not in two.

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Chess Quotes

"O life, what art thou? Life seldom answers this question. But her silence is of little consequence, for schoolmasters and other men of good will are well-qualified to answer for her. She is, they inform us, a game. Which game? Bagatelle? No, life is serious, so not bagatelle, but any game that
— er