Voted Best Christmas Toys & Festive Fun Board Games 2009

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.

King: Moves only one square at a time, but in any direction. It’s the most important piece on a chess board. If/when captured, the game is over. The king’s special move is called castling; it is the only time two pieces can move at once (king and rook).

So the opening and middle games are important to ensure you get at least some fighting chance in the end game, if you are able to get there. Anand, world champion since 2007, won the junior title in 1989 and became India’s first Grand Master at the age of 16. A few players still prefer descriptive notation, but it is no longer recognized by FIDE.

If you have played even only 1 game of chess you know that pawns have some special rules. For example, they can only capture a piece that is placed diagonally in front of them. Also, on it’s initial move, a pawn can move up two squares instead of just one. However, there is a special case for this – if an enemy pawn could have captured it had it only moved 1 square, the enemy is still able to capture.

Have you tried the Tutor to help make the game easier and aid learning? You can turn this on in Options or Match Settings to help every turn, or use it as you choose from Menu, and it will recommend a good piece to move but not where to move it to, to allow you to make your own assessment. Hint(?) on the Menu can give ideas of where to move pieces.

Leap-Frog TAG Reading System from Leap-Frog is an ideal Christmas present for kids between the ages of 4 to 8 that helps them with reading using special plan books which interact with the TAG pen, a hand held talking gadget. Its fun exciting and thrilling because the pen can be used to read the whole children’s book from start to finish or it can be used to help a child in sounding out certain words as the kid reads the book.

These look like taller pawns. One begins on a dark space and the other begins on a light space. The light squared bishop can only stay on light colored squares and the dark squared bishop is confined to the dark ones. They can move in any diagonal line as long as it is open and attached to the square they are on.