The Battles of The Two Brothers

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“Alright my men, the enemy has arrived! The time of the battle has come!” yelled Grand Admiral Swanson. “Prepare my ships for battle!”

Meanwhile…

“Hoist the colors! Prepare for action! To action stations, all of you, and nuts to those who dilly-dally around!” shouted Commodore J. M. Swanson.

“Is your ship on… I-12?” yelled the Grand Admiral on the radio transmitter to his enemy’s leader.

“MISSED!!” the Commodore sneered back. “Now it’s my turn… is your ship on… W-89?”

“… What on earth are you talking about?!” shouted Grand Admiral Swanson. “There is NO W-89!!!”

“Oh… sorry, let me try again. Is your ship on… E-5?”

Admiral Swanson stared blankly at his side of the game board. “But… how… YES, HIT!!”

About an hour later, the Commodore smiled at his victory. Grand Admiral Swanson’s whole fleet had sunk.

“‘Twas a good game and a really close battle!” said I, shaking my brother’s hand. “Maybe you can win next time! Well played, buddy!”

Thus ended the Battleship game.

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A few minutes later, my brother and I played a game called Othello, also known as Reversi.

“Well, well!” I thought to myself. “It looks like another winning game! He, he, he!”

It would probably have been, if Mom hadn’t crept towards bro and gave him a hint!

Every move counts, and that one move of bro’s changed the outcome.

This time, he was the winner!

Well done! Well done!

The next day, Mom and I played Othello, and…

Mom won!

And I lost two Othello games in a row…

To cry or not to cry… that is the question… WAH-HAH-HAH!! 😭

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I am now learning how to play chess from Mr. Lee Duigon, author of my favorite Christian book series, the Bell Mountain series, and I hope to be able to play chess sometime in the near future. With Mr. Duigon’s help, I want to add chess to my game repertoire!

“My opponents make good moves too. Sometimes I don’t take these things into consideration.”— Bobby Fischer

“The winner of the game is the player who makes the next-to-last mistake.” — Savielly Tartakower

“All chess masters can play one game blindfolded.” — George Koltanowski

“Chess is a game that simulates war, and it’s not a bad simulation.” — Lee Duigon

 

 

 

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16 thoughts on “The Battles of The Two Brothers

  1. Next chess lesson: a few more thoughts on Pawns.
    You need to move your Pawns in order to create space for your Pieces, starting on the back row, to operate. This takes some good judgment. If you move too many Pawns too far, your defense will suffer. But if you hold too many Pawns back, you’ll cramp your own army.
    Most chess games start with moving the Pawn in front of the King, creating space for your Queen and bishop to come out: e4 if White, e5 if Black. Starting with the Queen Pawn is also popular: d4 or d5. Any Pawn, of course, can be moved for your first move, but for beginners the Pawn move, e2-e4 or e7-e5, is best. Note these Pawns are taking advantage of the opportunity to move two squares instead of one.
    Remember, Pawns are the only men who can never move backward, never retreat. Devote some thought to any Pawn move.
    During a game, as a result of captures, you may wind up with “doubled Pawns”–for example, on e5 and e4. This creates a weakness because Pawns are only able to capture diagonally: doubled Pawns can’t defend each other. This doesn’t seem to bother experts very much, but it’s relatively easy to attack a beginner who has doubled Pawns. Try to avoid them–but don’t try too hard. If capturing an enemy Rook leaves you with a doubled Pawn, you’re coming out ahead.
    Always be on the lookout for the deadly “Pawn fork,” the first tactical coup I ever learned in chess. Imagine you have a Rook on c5 and a Knight on e5, and your opponent has an unmoved Pawn on d7. If it’s his move, he can move that Pawn to d6 and simultaneously attack both your pieces, each of which is much more valuable than a Pawn. Very hard to escape without losing one or the other!
    And that, I think, is enough for you to digest for now.
    For the next lesson we’ll take up the topic of your chess army’s special forces–the Knights.

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    1. Thank you very much! I’ll study this and the other lessons hard while looking at my chess board to understand more.
      I have a question: When making a capture, Pawns can’t move vertically forward, but can all the other chess pieces move forward vertically when making a capture?

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      1. Not sure what you mean by “vertically forward.” Pawns can only capture diagonally. The other pieces all have different properties, and capture in different ways: but all captures are made by moving onto a square occupied by an enemy chessman, who is then removed from the game.

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