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Germany's chess village hopes heritage listing proves 'leap of joy' move | World news | The Guardian
"If, in spite of the home advantage, a Ströbeck player was about to walk into a trap set by the visiting opponent, members of the audience were allowed to shout out the warning “Vadder, mit Rat!” meaning “Father, be careful” in the local dialect."
chess  history  germany 
january 2017 by kevan
Inside the brain of the man who would be 'Blindfold King' of chess | Science | The Guardian
"In 1947, the Argentinian grandmaster Miguel Najdorf played 45 simultaneous games in his mind. He won 39 times in the 24-hour session and was reportedly unable to sleep for three days afterwards."
chess  memory  brains 
november 2016 by kevan
ChessBase.com - Chess News - Cheating suspicion at the Zadar Open in Croatia
"Technologies are so developed now that theoretically, since the games were broadcast live, Ivanov’s friends in the neighbouring room, from Sofia, or even from the Antarctic, could have sent him hints for his moves through chips, which could have been placed under the skin, in the ear, or in the teeth."
chess  cheating  technology 
january 2013 by kevan
Rooklike
"Rooklike is a lot like chess, with a few key exceptions: You move every single one of your pieces during your turn. There's no such thing as a checkmate — you win by capturing every black piece. The boards are arbitrarily sized, and can have walls which block movement."
games  chess  nethack  via:aparrish 
december 2012 by kevan
Dada Chess
"Both players play randomly within the rules of chess. A new game is created once an hour."
chess  random  board  games 
may 2009 by kevan
Living Dolls - Gaby Wood
Vaucanson's Duck through to the Mechanical Turk, and beyond. Good background reading, but it tries a bit too hard to be philosophical about any glimmer of possible metaphor.
booklog  technology  robots  chess  birds  illusions  hoaxes  via:holly 
march 2008 by kevan
Stephen Potter, Gamesmanship: Chess
"This is [an] effective opening, simple to play and easy to remember, which I have invented for use against a more experienced player who is absolutely certain to win. It consists of making three moves at random and then resigning."
games  psychology  illusions  chess  random 
august 2007 by kevan
The Seventh Seal (1957)
Figures moving slowly through a grim, black-and-white, 15th-century Swedish apocalypse, pursued by an oddly pranksterish Death. Had forgotten about the slowed, priest-fuelled, mediaeval end of the end of the world.
filmlog  3stars  death  apocalypse  pestilence  chess  religion 
july 2006 by kevan
Penultima - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Eleusian chess. "On their turn, a Player attempts to move or invoke one of their pieces, and the Spectator for that piece declares whether the action is legal or illegal. If it is legal, that Player's turn ends and play passes to the other Player."
games  chess  secrets 
april 2006 by kevan
Rethinking Wargames
"The pawns could easily get together and reject the whole concept of the checkerboard system. All the other pieces would be set into disarray and the pawns would win democratically, but by a huge majority."
chess  politics  games  via:wmmna 
january 2006 by kevan
The Chess Artist - J C Hallman
A slightly purple travelogue heading towards Kalmykia's Chess City, covering the history and evolution of the game.
booklog  chess  games  travel  history  via:holly 
january 2006 by kevan
Deflexion
Plastic, tabletop Laser Chess with embedded laser-pointer lights. Brilliant. "Do not press your button until you have checked that all pieces are secured in the board and not angled up toward a player."
board  games  chess  light  mirrors  via:mcios 
december 2005 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited Sport | Wanna piece of this?
Interview with a chessboxer. "After a boxing round your heart will be beating, your adrenaline goes up and it's very difficult to concentrate on a chessboard. The first chess-boxing test that we ever did, I just gave away my queen immediately."
chess  games  sport  interviews 
november 2005 by kevan
ChessRogue
"Your army has been defeated and the forces of the Black King are spreading across the world." Nice ludemetic hybrid of chess and Rogue, where capturing a piece lets you inherit its powers. Slight unsatisfying air of "randomly generated puzzle", though.
chess  games  nethack  puzzles  via:leonard 
august 2005 by kevan
Wired News: Unorthodox Chess From an Odd Mind
Bobby Fischer's Chess960: "Pawns begin where they always do. However, the pieces behind them on the white side are arranged at random, with the proviso that bishops must end up on opposite colors, and the king dwell somewhere between the two rooks."
chess  games  random  via:holly 
july 2005 by kevan
Seattle Times: Hypnotism in Russia a street-crime weapon?
"Olga broke into hysterical sobs and phoned a friend, who persuaded her to go to the police. There, detectives nodded knowingly. "Gypsy hypnosis," they said."
psychology  illusions  crime  police  chess  eyes 
february 2005 by kevan
Playing UT2003 at 0.1% of normal speed
"At that speed it became more like an elaborate chess game, where you had minutes to decide where to go or who to shoot first." Much like the subgame-feeling timeshock weapon in Project Eden.
games  hacking  time  chess 
january 2005 by kevan
Relative Value of Chess Pieces and Principles of Chess Play
"Taking the pawn as the unit, the Knight is worth 3.05; the Bishop 3.50; the Rook 5.48; and the Queen 9.94."
chess  board  games  maths 
january 2005 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited | Chess: the new rook'n'roll?
"Tesco has announced that sales of chess sets are booming and that its new own-brand set is selling at double the rate forecast. It attributes the sales spurt to the fact that celebrities such as Madonna play, and makes a startling claim: chess is trendy.
board  chess  games  lunacy 
november 2004 by kevan
Encyclopaedia Morningtonia: Mornington Chess
"Mornington Chess is a variant of Cress using standard chess pieces and played on the Mornington Crescent map. The winning move is Mornington Checkmate."
board  chess  games  mornington 
november 2004 by kevan
Yahoo Daily Photos: Pawn Show
Trapeze artists making a chessboard out of white umbrellas, for the opening ceremony of the 36th Chess Olympiad.
art  board  chess  games  illusions 
october 2004 by kevan
Ari Luiro: Chess Pieces in 64 Languages
"The rook is a tower in many European languages (eg. Spanish and Portuguese torre, Finnish torni, French tour, Dutch toren), sometimes a large farm (Frisian stins), a ship (Russian ladya) or a wagon (Chinese ju, Estonian vanker)."
board  chess  games  history  language  world 
september 2004 by kevan
ChessHeads
A collectible card game that uses a chess set, Knightmare Chess style.
board  cards  chess  games 
september 2004 by kevan
Trimok
Intriguing hybrid of chess and rock-paper-scissors.
board  chess  games  paper  stone 
august 2004 by kevan
World Chess Boxing Organization
"The contest is decided by: checkmate (chess round), exceeding the time limit (chess round), retirement of an opponent (chess or boxing round), KO (boxing round), or referee decision (boxing round)."
board  chess  games  sport 
august 2004 by kevan
Reuters: Ancient Chinese Game Could Help U.S. Strategists
Thinking in terms of emergent homogenous Go stones, rather than the stompy piece-hierarchy of Chess.
board  chess  china  games  war 
july 2004 by kevan
Wikipedia: Chess-related deaths
"[He] became so enraged at repeatedly losing that he hit [his opponent] on the temple with one of his rooks and killed him on the spot."
board  cheating  chess  death  games 
june 2004 by kevan

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