All of us quokkas here on Rottnest Island are puzzled! In fact, we’re so puzzled, they put us in a puzzle! We’re shooting for Comment No. 70,000… (Continue reading at Lee Duigon’s blog.)Can We Wrap Up the Comment Contest? — Lee Duigon
I can’t believe it! Closing in on 70,000 comments, and it’s just a big ho-hum! Crikey–where is everybody? G’day–I hope! Byron the Quokka here, with a mere 73 comments to go to reach that big milestone… (Continue reading at Lee Duigon’s blog.)Comment Contest: Let’s Make It Exciting — Lee Duigon
Hi-ho, hi-ho, it’s Christmas Day! Christ our Savior is born! So we whoop it up. As of this moment, we open the doors to my imaginary Victorian mansion to all who wish to attend our cyber-Christmas party. 132 more wordsLet’s Start the Party! — Lee Duigon
Don’t forget about the Christmas Carol Contest! Request a Christmas hymn at Lee’s blog!!
There’s a Christmas Carol Contest held at my friend Lee Duigon’s blog! Anyone can join the fun by requesting one of your favorite Christmas hymns (Click here to see the restrictions)! To request your song, you have to write a comment on one of his posts. You can request carols multiple times! To be the winner, your carol has to get the most hits among the other entries on the day it was requested. The winner gets an autographed copy of one of Lee Duigon’s books!! So hop on board!! 😆
Note: The contest is due to last until New Year’s Eve (December 31st).
Just a reminder: the day after Thanksgiving, our Second Annual Christmas Carol contest begins. We greatly enjoyed it last year; and if there was ever a year in which we need to proclaim the birth of Jesus Christ Our Lord, 2020 is it. 94 more wordsComing Up: Christmas Carol Contest — Lee Duigon
It’s way too early to have another comment contest. We have almost 67,000 comments, and the next logical target has to be 70,000. We also have over half a million views, so we’ll have to do something special to mark 1 million views, if we ever get there. But it’s almost time to start our […]Heads Up! Christmas Carol Contest Coming Soon — Lee Duigon
The contest will be held at Lee Duigon’s blog!
This is a sequel to last week’s VeggieTales video.
I used to watch VeggieTales a lot when I was a little kid. Recently I’ve been watching some VeggieTales videos on YouTube. Ah! The nostalgia! It’s kinda embarrassing at this age, but VeggieTales cheers me up! I thank the Lord for these childhood memories and my parents for showing my brother and me these videos!
Chess lesson: Time to start learning one of the openings. Remember, though, that every opening has many variations; so don’t be discouraged when your opponent makes a move that you haven’t learned yet. It takes time.
Giuoco Piano, aka “Italian Game,” or “Quiet Game.” The object of this opening is to get your knights and bishops set up near the middle of the board while holding that territory with a pawn or two, and then, usually, castle. This should make your whole chess army ready for action–while at the same time not creating unstable situations that require immediate action. That’s why it’s the quiet game. Here’s a sample.
1. e4, e5 2. Nf3, Nc6 3. Bc4, Bc5 4. either Nc3, Pc3, or 0-0; Black plays Nf6, Pd6, or Nc6
Rather than try to memorize a whole lot of moves, set up a board, play these four, and then play against yourself to see how a game shapes up. You should wind up with questions, maybe quite a few of them.
In beginners’ chess, players haven’t learned the openings and anything can happen. Giuoco Piano is good for beginners because it puts you in position to respond to a variety of enemy actions.
When the fighting starts, it often winds up focusing on who will control the d5 and d4 squares. Before long, you’ll want a rook backing up whatever forces you’ve assigned to the E or D files.
But I don’t mean for the lesson to get complicated. Set up the first four moves, then experiment. And have fun!
– Lee Duigon on May 3rd, 2019
Thank you very much for all the chess lessons you gave me, Mr. Duigon! I’m glad to share these amazing lessons with my friends on my blog!
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Let me introduce the subject of chess openings. This is not cutting-edge opening theory. It’s just me, going by experience. And I think we ought to start with general principles. Way too many openings for anyone to learn, but these general principles pretty much always apply.
1. Try to be strong in the center of the board: either directly, by moving pawns and pieces there, or indirectly from somewhere on one or both flanks, stationing your men so that they can get to the center quickly.
2. Knights are best somewhere around the middle of the board. Chess saying, “Knights on the rim are dim,” is usually true.
3. Usually it’s wise to castle as soon as possible.
4. Develop as many pieces as quickly as you can–don’t leave them in their starting spots unless you have a good reason for it. “Develop” means to put them in position to attack or defend as needed.
5. Rooks do best when they have room to shoot to the other end of the board, and when they are in position to support or defend each other. Sometimes the Queen can join them, forming what we call a battery. Try not to cut them off from each other unless there’s a good reason for it. (Any chess move ought to be made for a reason. But you’d be surprised how hard that can be for a beginner to learn.)
6. Bishops like clear diagonals, the longer, the better. If your Bishop winds up bottled up behind your own pawns, we call that a bad bishop. Try to position bishops where they’ll have some room to operate. Unlike Knights, Bishops can be tucked into corner squares and still be powerful.
7. Remember that pawns can never move backward; so when you move one forward, it ought to be for a reason–either to defend something (Pawns are good at that) or to open up room for your stronger pieces.
8. Pawns that wind up back-to-back, aka doubled pawns, can’t defend each other and are best avoided–until you know a lot more about chess. Then it’s not such a big problem.
If you keep these principles in mind, practice them, and use them to direct your moves, you won’t be discomfited by any opening which your opponent might use.
– Lee Duigon on March 13th, 2019
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