Friday, 30 December 2011
Thursday, 22 December 2011
Monday, 19 December 2011
Before you can deploy the chess set pieces in your new carved chess set, you will need to know some of the many technical terms that are used in the game. Here is a selection:
· The Centre refers to the four squares at the centre of the board. Here is where a range of chess set pieces exercise their greatest power when placed here unhindered.
· Check is a move that threatens the King and the player must announce it.
· Checkmate This marks the death of the King and the end of the game.
· Diagonal refers to an oblique line of the same coloured squares.
· En prise refers to a piece which can be captured. This French expression is used in all languages.
· Piece is used to describe the King, Queen, Rook, Knight and Bishop as opposed to the Pawns. The Queens and Rooks are major pieces and the Knight and Bishop minor pieces. All of the 32 chessmen are referred to as units.
· Middle-Game is the phase after deployment of the pieces and when the ‘battle’ takes place in earnest.
· Move is the movement of a unit from one square to another or a capture on the square of arrival.
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Tuesday, 13 December 2011
- Spherical chess, involving playing on eight super-imposed boards to provide a third dimension;
- Playing the contest on two boards separated by a screen and mutually invisible – known as ‘Kriegspiel’;
- ‘Chess a la Marseillaise’ in which the players each play two consecutive moves during their turn;
- ‘Dice Chess’, where the throw of a dice controls when a piece is moved.
Wednesday, 7 December 2011
Monday, 5 December 2011
You have treated yourself to a carved chess set. To you, it is the best chess set - the one you have been wanting for ages. So, how do you get the most of your new acquisition?
A really important aspect of playing chess is making sure that you are a correct as well as an agreeable player, in other words, the ideal opponent. Here is some advice to bear in mind.
Within reason, you should allow your opponent time to think about his or her moves, without being disturbed. Be sure not to distract, criticize or bother them in any way.
When it is your turn, do not rush at your move. Rather, make sure that you have paid due attention to all the possibilities and implications, before making your decision. However, you should also avoid over-lengthy deliberation.
It is important to know yourself and to control any unhelpful characteristics and make the most of your qualities. Don’t under-estimate your opponent but equally, don’t be daunted by them if they appear very confident. Above all, be generous in defeat and modest in victory.
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Friday, 2 December 2011
If you want to introduce your children to chess, or bring back happy childhood memories, the best chess set for you could be one available through ChessSetHeaven.com based on that favourite bear Winnie-The-Pooh and his friends.
Discover once more the beloved characters of A.A. Milne from the enchanting and captivating world he created in the 1920s. It is true that your chess set Tigger won’t bounce and you won’t find Piglet talking to you in his squeaky voice. But, for those of us who read about Pooh and his friends before seeing them on film, that is nothing that cannot be cured by a good imagination – aided of course by the delightful illustrations of E.H. Shepard in the various books published about Pooh.
You might also feel motivated to recall some of the Hums of Pooh (first published in 1929) when you settle down to play your game of chess.
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