Every summer, my studies take me away from home, from my friends, from my own Seth, and from the city that I love. Now that I'm preparing to leave again, this is my love letter to La Ciudad de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Angeles. There are... | Read More
If you are interested in watching a demo game of shogi (Japanese chess), there is one underway in the Shogi Group.
This ancient game permits a player to capture enemy pieces and then add them to his own army. Not only that, these captured pie... | Read More
A young Bobby Fischer appears on I've Got a Secret:
Here's a photo of Bobby arriving in Yugoslavia for the 1958 Interzonal
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This is Fischer's score sheet from his notorious loss to Spassky in the 19th Chess Olympiad. In terms of spectator interest, at any rate, this was the big game of the tournament. Here's what the report on the Olimbase website had to say about ... | Read More
Fischer's score sheet from Fischer vs Najdorf at the 19th Chess Olympiad in Siegen, West Germany, 1970. This tournament is much more well known for the game between Fischer and Spassky, which was attended by thousands of spectators and which res... | Read More
Here's Reti's score sheet for his renowned victory over Capablanca in 1924.
Notice that Reti is using algebraic notation, but employing the German abbreviations for the pieces (e.g., S for Springer (knight), L for Läufer (bishop) etc.) Apparen... | Read More
I'm fascinated by score sheets from famous chess games. Even more than photos of the event, score sheets seem like intimate artifacts that persevere through time.
Here's an image of Bobby Fischer's score sheet from the famous "game of the centu... | Read More
Another version of mini xiangqi includes an extra piece named the leopard.
The leopard has two possible moves:
1. It can move one intersection in an orthagonal direction. The intersection must be unoccupied; i.e, it is a non-capturing move. ... | Read More
I'm pretty much a chess variant freak. I don't know why exactly, but I suspect that I'm simply attracted to new pieces that move in interesting ways.
Anyway, here's mini xiangqi. It doesn't have guards and elephants, but the rules are exactly... | Read More
Red to move and mate in 2.
If you are having difficulties with Problem 5, here's a mate-in-2 that should be familiar to most chess players.
I've included algebraic coordinates in case you want to leave your solution in a comment. Find xiangqi ru... | Read More