Archive for February 17th, 2008

Checkmate…or in short..mate… means…the game is over! You don’t capture the King… the King is in such a position that he can’t move… like some children would say…”he’s stuck”…. The ultimate goal in chess is to checkmate the King…Read HERE more about checkmate!


See MORE WAYS here…

And… HERE’S even more checkmate positions!

Enjoy this poem! one of my favourites since High School!

 “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways…”
by Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861)

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.
I love thee to the level of everyday’s
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
I love thee freely, as men strive for Right;
I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise.
I love thee with a passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood’s faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints, — I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life! — and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.

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 In chess you have to think about a good opening when you start your game…I don’t know many openings…and know that’s one weak point which I have to work on seriously…most of the time I like to play how I feel! but will always start with my Knights/King-Queen-pawns… and if I can play the Dragon…I’m happy…..and you don’t know about the Dragon?….you can look at the image below and follow THIS LINK too!

Click on THIS LINK and it will take you to Wikichess…you can play through different openings and see what percentage of players playing white/black plays a specific opening…interesting…
More HERE on chess openings….really a good site to visit!

On the image you can see the Dragon-Variation…of the Sicilian opening….
On this link HERE you can read more about the Sicilian/Dragon, which is one of my favourites…


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 Jan. 11, 2007

LONDON – Russia and Britain clashed Thursday in a cold war with a difference — a chess game played on ice, simultaneously, in Moscow and London.

Former world champion Anatoly Karpov and British grandmaster Nigel Short battled it out using giant chess pieces carved from ice, some of them sculpted to represent famous landmarks in the two cities.

The game took place on chessboards measuring 64 square yards in Moscow’s Pushkin Square and London’s Trafalgar Square.

Live satellite links and big screens enabled each team to see and hear what the other was doing.

Karpov’s team included eight-year-old chess prodigy Kostya Savenkov while Short was assisted by a British eight-year-old, Darius Parvizi-Wayne.

Organized to mark the launch of the annual Russian Winter Festival in London, the event was billed as the world’s first international ice chess game.

Nigel Short, bounding enthusiastically around the board in Trafalgar Square, described it as a new experience.

“I’ve played chess with all kinds of pieces, including human pieces, but this is the first time on ice,” he said.

The game lasted about an hour and ended in a draw. Anatoly Karpov in Moscow said it was a good result – and a very exciting and interesting contest.

Click HERE to view the article and to see the video! icechess1.png
Click HERE to see this link on Nigel Short’s Face Book! “War on ice”….

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