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Slow swordfighting : Cennydd Bowles
Lovely, deep, expert post from Cennydd on the World Chess Championships; it reminds me of my favourite writing about sports and games tournaments. It is not, in many ways, that far removed from Evo.
chess  games  competition  strategy  cennyddbowles 
july 2013 by infovore
D Nye Everything: Un-loving Criminals - sheer criminality and Zugzwang
"Zugzwang is one of my favourite words, and an extremely useful one. Essentially, it's a condition where it would be better not to move, in a game where you have to move, such as chess. Strictly speaking, it describes a situation where that move will end the game, with the mover as the loser, but the definition in chess is looser, and only demands the loss of a piece or the worsening of the player's position. The player has to take the least worst option. It's a kind of judo - using the ineluctable forward momentum of the rules of the game to force the opposing player to do your work for you." The momentum of rules! I like that a lot.
zugzwang  chess  politics  games  rules 
august 2011 by infovore
nullpointer » Drum machine draughts
"I’ve always been interested in the relationship between gameplay and musical performance. Theres a remarkable structural similarity between certain game systems/mechanics and compositional ones. There is also a risk/reward/challenge aspect that is core to both practices. Anyway, for a short talk I took part in for the Leeds Evolution Festival I wrote a quick augmented chess/draughts app." And the result is a video-processing step-sequencer. Nifty.
openframeworks  music  video  imagery  augmentedreality  chess  draughts 
june 2009 by infovore
Poole - HAL 9000 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Poole - HAL 9000 is a fictional chess game in the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey. In the movie, the astronaut Frank Poole is seen playing chess with the HAL 9000 supercomputer... The director Stanley Kubrick was a passionate chess player, so unlike many chess scenes shown in other films, the position and analysis actually makes sense. The actual game seems to come from Roesch - Schlage, Hamburg 1910, a tournament game between two lesser-known masters."
trivia  wikipedia  blimey  2001  chess 
february 2009 by infovore

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