How Did Chess Pieces Get Their Names?

chessNew York, Feb 5 (IANS) The Facebook app that enables your conversations with your friends on the popular social network has now made it simple to play chess from a computer or a smartphone.

The Indian Amateur Boxing Federation is unsure. I have heard of chess boxing, but I am not aware of the rules and regulations; I cannot comment,” says Rajesh Bhandari, general secretary of the federation. The World Chess Federation or Fédération Internationale des Échecs (FIDE) is far more blunt. FIDE is aware of chessboxing, but does not have any views on whether it is a sport or interest in promoting this variant in any manner,” replies Geoffrey Borg, the CEO of the organisation.

The game leaped out of the pages because of another playful European, Iepe Rubingh Rubingh is a Dutch performance artist, and has spent 10 days in a Japanese jail for blocking intersections and creating massive traffic jams in aid of his art. He organised and played in the first chessboxing match in 2003 in an Amsterdam art gallery as performance art. Today, Rubingh is the president of the World Chess Boxing Organization (WCBO) , based out of Berlin.

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.

The next variation of Shout Chess may be introduced after the child is confidently familiar with the rules of Shout Chess. This variation inherits all the previous rules of Shout Chess with the exception that pieces can no longer be placed anywhere on the chess board, but must now instead be moves as per the rules of normal chess. Depending upon the age of your child, you may need to introduce this rule progressively by first allowing pieces to jump each other or move only like a bishop or a rook. Slowly introduce the moves of each piece and ultimately end by teaching your child that knights are the only piece that can jump and that the pawn can move two squares on the first move. This is the most complicated step in the learning process and care must therefore taken to ensure your child enjoys this phase. Measure your child’s enjoyment levels and slow the introduction of new moves if the fun factor diminishes. Patience and perseverance are necessary requirements.

Dan Scoones (Port Coquitlam, BC, Canada) has kindly found the article, ‘Unlucky Heat Wave’. It was published not in Canadian Chess Chat Magazine but in Chess Canada, and not in 1972 but in August 1971 (pages 17-18). Mr Sánchez also draws attention to a webpage with biographical information about Heinrich Fraenkel.

Insufficient material – a player may claim a draw if the opponent has insufficient material to checkmate, for example if the player has only the king left and the opponent has only the king and a bishop. Such a claim is only valid if checkmate is impossible. Under the revised rule that took effect on 1 July 2009, which only refers to the impossibility of reaching checkmate without explicitly relating this to the players’ material, the game is ended immediately in a draw, not requiring a claim by a player.