I’m Back!

I was away for a few days, on an errand far from here. I’m happy I’m back! Stay tuned for more blog posts!!! 🙂

(The last two posts I scheduled to appear while I was away from the keyboard).

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  1. Christmas present for you: a quick chess lesson. More about Rooks.
    There are two important things to remember about Rooks. 1) They work best when they work together. Unlike Bishops, they can defend each other. Unlike Knights, they can do it at long range. Rooks at a1 and a8, for instance, provided there is nothing in the way, defend each other the length of the board. 2) The principal of “sliding Rooks”: although the Rook is a high value piece, it can often be sacrificed–for instance, by taking a Pawn that is protecting the opposing King, blowing a hole in the defense–when the other Rook is able to “slide in” to replace it on your next turn. Example: Rooks on h1 and g1. The g1 Rook sweeps down to g7 to capture a defending enemy Pawn and threaten (“check”) the opposing King. The King, due to circumstances we won’t go into here, has no alternative but to capture your Rook on g7. When it’s your turn to move again, your h1 Rook “slides” to g1 and again attacks the enemy King–who no longer has a Pawn in front of him to defend him.
    There is a saying in chess, “When you can move either of your two Rooks, you almost always end up moving the wrong one!” So take the time to carefully consider your moves.
    Merry Christmas!

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        1. I didn’t this time, but I shocked her when I told her that a Pawn could be changed to a piece of higher value when it reaches the enemy’s front row. At the end of the game, we both had our Kings left, with me having only one Pawn, 2 to 1. It was then that my Pawn turned into a Queen. The game ended when my King defeated her King. I think she kind of gave up when my Queen made her unexpected reappearance.

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        2. Serious checkers was big in the 19th century. A prominent chess and checkers columnist back then, I can’t remember his name, said, “Chess is like a sea with no shore, but checkers is like a lake with no bottom.” Not sure what he meant by that, but it sounds profound.

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