When I was a kid I loved Stratego. I hate to admit this on a chess website, but I loved Stratego more than chess. A lot more.
But when I got a little older I discovered how tedious Stratego was if you attempted to play it at all intelligently... | Read More
Everyone knows that Emanuel Lasker was World Chess Champion, but he was also a game inventor.
Around 1913, Lasker created a draughts variant called Laska (also known as Lasca or Laskers). The game is sort of a combination of checkers and a Ru... | Read More
Arimaa is a fairly new game that can be played with a chess set, although gameplay bears little resemblance to chess. Nevertheless, the game may be of some interest to chess players since it exercises the same kind of brain cells.
Arimaa was sp... | Read More
I recently discovered this new chess variant: Double-Reversal Chess
Rules1. On the first move, the black player tells the white player which move to make with the white pieces. The white player must make that move. On the black player's first m... | Read More
Rumor has it that Hemingway once claimed that his best short story was these six words:
For sale: Baby shoes. Never used.
Today there is a sort of cottage industry that invents six-word short stories.
Here's a Star-Trek-themed one I once wr... | Read More
8 Possible Epigraphs for a Pawn
IDo you think a pawn feelsNothing? Then you areA hard man, father.
III water the jasmineWith pawns.I awake, crying.
IIII do not understandThe language of pawns.They are secretBut seldom silent.IVA pigeon nudges... | Read More
The set was constructed by my father for his game-crazy daughter.The position is from the 2007 Chu Shogi Grand Prix.
In the garden the jasmine withers.I move my ginshō,And the summer arrives without you.
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I've completed my physical translation to Northern California for summer field research, although a huge part of my heart remains behind in Los Angeles. Nevertheless, I'm very excited about finding new chessic resources in this part of the world... | Read More
In case you haven't heard, Chess the Musical is coming in a few days to a PBS channel near you. Here in California you can find it at 8:00 pm on either Wednesday or Thursday (June 17 or 18), depending on what channel you watch. Check local lis... | Read More
If you are interested in watching a demo game of xiangqi (Chinese chess), there is one underway in the Xiangqi Group forum.
You can reach it by clicking here: Xiangqi Demo
This ancient form of chess includes the cannon, which captures by displ... | Read More