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In accordance with this, the London Chess Centre is less of a shop and more of a cultural centre for chess nuts in the England’s capital city. Whenever visiting this chess haven not far from Marylebone station, you can be sure of bumping into a plethora of like-minded people, and some impromptu games over the many boards that are set up for people to play on may also result.
A theory regarding the story behind the design of some of the current chess pieces are as follows: Pawns – First line of defense and represented the peasants from a court. Considered expendable as the game was built around protection of the court. It is said that during the phase of medieval chess the pawns were generally named relating to peasants occupations. This did not alter the use of the pawn only provided a more interesting story to go along with the game itself.
Arguably the most important piece on the board is the Queen, which can move in any direction, and in any number of positions. This effectively means the Queen has the furthest reach of any piece, and she should be guarded in order to protect her for as long as practically possible.
Forfeit – a player who cheats, or violates the rules of the game, or violates the rules specified for the particular tournament may be forfeited. In high level tournaments, players have been forfeited for such things as arriving late for the game (even by a matter of seconds), receiving a call or text on a cell phone, refusing to undergo a drug test, refusing to undergo a body search for electronic devices and unsporting behavior (such as refusing to shake the opponent’s hand).
The idea behind the game is to effectively trap the opponents King, which will ultimately render them unable to move and consequently win the game. This is achieved by moving pieces in their various patterns and consequently ‘taking’ opposing pieces that fall at the end of their path.
In civil war chess, Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davies are selected as the kings and General Robert E. Lee and General Ulysses S. Grant as the queens. The two bishops symbolize General Wall Jackson and General Sherman with Union and Confederate Calvary as the knights. The castles are the Stars and Stripes as well as the Stars and Bars. The pawns are the Union Drummers and Confederate Buglers.