Category: This is Chess

Anand, Carlsen Split Points In Fourth Game

chessI used to play lots of chess when I was in high school. I also used to represent my school during Interschool tournaments… and lose. I have no idea why I was picked because apart from being good at the game and beating opponents at my own level, I had nothing else. I could never beat those geeks or big guns in the game.

The Stonewall Variation is the pinnacle of solid chess openings. Black’s pawn structure on c6, d5, e6, and f5 is very rigid and so it is a double edge. On one hand, if black can manage to get c8 bishop active, which tends to be easier said than done, then white has a long road to getting a win. On the other hand, if black does not manage to get the bishop active then they are effectively playing a piece down and white will have a … Read More

Chess Pieces

chessIf you haven’t given much thought to Christmas and with it only being around the corner then I suggest you put on your thinking cap fast to avoid those last minute Christmas upsets. Corners don’t take long to reach and Christmas will be upon you before you can say Santa Claus. Hanging around till the last minute to do your 2009 Christmas shopping for kid’s toys just might leave you with a broken hearted child where your excuses go unheard, and the tears continue to flow.

The match has entered a second stage. The initial sparring and information exchange is over. One comment Kasparov made was that Anand has, so far, managed to keep Carlsen from getting the thing what he wants. It was previously owned by German chess grandmaster¬†Lothar Schmid. who is known for refereeing what was regarded as the Match of the Century between American Bobby Fischer … Read More

Chess Openings

chessWith so much resemblance to a real war, the design of traditional chess sets has evolved into a variety of theme designs. Playing a theme chess game, for instance civil war chess, can be much more fun than playing chess with traditionally designed pieces.

Chess games may also be played with a time control , mostly by club and professional players. If a player’s time runs out before the game is completed, the game is automatically lost (provided the opponent has enough pieces left to deliver checkmate). The duration of a game ranges from long games played up to seven hours to shorter rapid chess games, usually lasting 30 minutes or one hour per game. Even shorter is blitz chess , with a time control of three to 15 minutes for each player, and bullet chess (under three minutes). In tournament play, time is controlled using a game clock that … Read More

Chess Pieces And Their Roles In The Game

chessWijk aan Zee (The Netherlands), Jan 30 (IANS) Indian grandmaster Pentala Harikrishnas campaign in Tata Steel Chess ended on a sour note as he lost to Dutchman Loek Van Wely in the last round to end his campaign at the ninth position.

I’ve had no trouble quickly finding online opponents for 10 or 3 minute games. The app has puzzled and lessons which help improve your game. The only complaint-albeit a minute one-that I have is that the replay button after playing the computer doesn’t really work.

You might think the pawns are not very useful but if you can get your pawn to the other side of the board he can be promoted. This means the you can replace the pawn with any same colored piece you want with the exception of a king or pawn. Needless to say most people choose to replace the pawn with a queen.… Read More

Interesting Facts About Board Games

chessThe first moves of a chess game are collectively known as the opening. Chess openings vary widely in character, from quiet positional play to wild tactical play.

At very low levels, the AI strategy is deliberately very limited to cater for complete beginners. Pro mode plays at the same level as Casual but without access to hint, undo, etc. Levels have been calibrated against each other as well as other chess apps and level 12 plays around elo 2100.

The advanced Caro‚ąíKann top board game between Mikhailo and Babu saw the higher rated Ukrainian Grandmaster playing for the initiative. His unorthodox style was well handled by Babu who snatched a perpetual check from a queen and double rook middle game.

Pakistani and Mexican marble sets also share many similarities. Artisans in both regions tend to combine onyx and marble stones in the same design, thus creating a beautiful contrast of … Read More