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Exchange Chess

The U14s were mad keen to play Exchange Chess all day, and lobbied for a competition...

DB Pritchard's Encyclopedia of Chess Variants calls this Tandem Chess or Double Bughouse Chess, but I've only ever heard it called Exchange Chess in the UK. The game is played with competing teams of two players, and captured pieces are recycled with 'drops', so the play remains in the middlegame.

A sample game:

Going back in time

This page happened because I wanted a place to store these positions,
but my well-behaved chess databases refuse to do things like
accept a position without a King (see below).

For example, I have had trouble entering this one on a database:

Trip timing

Dr.Dave's Twitter feed: for updates on trip timing

I can broadcast while travelling but not read replies.  To get a message to me, text or ring me or someone else on the coach.

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!)
  •     REGISTRATION is at 9.30am and PLAY will start at 9.45am.  The day will finish at about 4.30pm after the prize giving; this will be as soon as poss

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:

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