SparkChess was designed to be fun for you to learn, practice and play with your friends; it does not replace a professional chess tutor.
The games are sifted into genres according to the fare they offer. Under Action/Adventure, you can choose from a variety of games. There is the Ninja Hunter where you can wield your samurai against the toughest of enemies. Never learnt Karate or Kung Fu? No problems. You can try it out here at IK, and that too without the risk of breaking your back!!! The sky is the limit they say. In the real world, that’s a tough one you will agree. But in Reach the Sky, all you need is a few deft clicks of the mouse and some well-timed keyboard moves! Feel like being Harry Potter? Well, get ready to use your charms and spells to escape from Knock-Turn Alley.
Back in Berlin, Rubingh maintains that the best chessboxers will be those with a background in both sports. He points to Leonid Chernobayev from Belarus, a boxer with more than 180 amateur fights and an Elo rating of 1999. He is now training to become a chess grandmaster (Elo 2500) within the next five years.
Chess strategy consists of setting and achieving long-term positioning advantages during the game – for example, where to place different pieces – while tactics concentrate on immediate maneuver. These two parts of the chess-playing process cannot be completely separated, because strategic goals are mostly achieved through tactics, while the tactical opportunities are based on the previous strategy of play. A game of chess is normally divided into three phases: opening, typically the first 10 moves, when players move their pieces to useful positions for the coming battle; then middlegame; and last the endgame, when most of the pieces are gone, kings typically take a more active part in the struggle, and pawn promotion is often decisive.
Whenever a culture discovered the game, the game changed. An example of this was the re-naming of the pieces. In India, the most important piece was called the Rajah, in Persia it was called the Shah, in the Arab world it was called the Caliph, and in Europe it was called the King. Although many other pieces were added or removed from the game over time, the most important piece has always been the ruling piece, whether it has been called Rajah, Shah, Caliph or King.
Further half a point behind at 5.0 were Lintchevski Daniil, Alexander Fominyh (both Russia), Marat Dzhumaev (Uzbekistan), Mark Paragua (Philippines) S.P. Sethuraman, Sahaj Grover, M. Shyam Sundar, G. Akash, Kathmale Sameer, K. Rathnakaran, R. Arun Karthik and Ankit R. Rajpara (all India).
More commonly played is the Scholar’s Mate. This is an ending which often happens in games among beginners as it is a bit more intricate than a Fool’s Mate and more possible to play. It is based on the theory that the F7 square of the board is one of the weakest, as it is only protected by Black’s King. In this strategy, White’s King-side Bishop is moved to C4 space and White’s Queen is moved to H5. Then, if nothing more has been moved than some Pawns and Knights by Black, a checkmate is possible which leaves no possible moves open to the King and nothing able to remove the Queen from it’s landing position of that weak F7 space. These two moves, while able to easily be avoided, are good moves to study for any Chess student, however, for they can help to teach the beginnings of masterful Chess tactics.