Two from the top and the rest small, please Carol

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...

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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'.

Dr.Dave's Chess Lists

Please don't hold me to these, I will change my mind tomorrow... and I know the Hon Menshes are massively cheating, but I saw no reason to obey my own rules about doing batches of ten. The games and most of the annotations can be found in the PGN block on this page.

Play through PGN collections

Play Peg Solitaire

Play Shogi (Japanese Chess)

This is Gene Davis's rather wonderful free Shogi (Japanese Chess) Java applet.
Choose 'Western' from the tokens menu if you don't read Japanese.

Play Chess (against a computer)

André Heuner's Java Chess

To play: drag and drop a piece to the square

PDF versions of handouts

The Eight Queens Problem

Place eight queens on the chessboard without any being able to attack/defend any others

Click on an open square to place a queen. Click on a queen to remove it from the table.
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Playing a game of chess
"Chess is 99% tactics"

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