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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

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