Chess Lessons by Lee Duigon: Lesson Sixteen

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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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The Bell Mountain Series!!!

The Scrabble Game 2

‘Twas a certain day that Dad, bro, and I

Played a Scrabble game for fun.

‘Tis a game of chance; loser, spare your cry,

For when the game is all done.

 

So Dad, bro, and I played this Scrabble game,

Dad first, bro next, and me last.

Racking our brains hard and taking our time.

“Yes! It is my turn at last!”

 

“Can’t my seven-letter word be put down?”

Well, now, don’t be in a gloom.

There! Dad puts one, two… seven pieces down!

For despair there’s not a room.

 

Wow! Nice! Dad! Fifty bonus points for you!

Bro, your good moves worth the cost!

But me? Well, yeah, I think I did well, too…

But I’ve to admit…

 

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End results:

Dad: 321 points 🙂

Bro: 193 points 🙂

Me: 181 points 😦

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

The Scrabble Game

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Monday, after the Dental College Hospital nightmare… (I personally don’t like hospitals… gives me the bout of the jitters…)

After coming home from the hospital, Dad, bro, and I played a long game of Scrabble (probably about 2 and a half hours).

Scrabble… probably one of the best board games ever invented (My opinion it is), and maybe one of the most challenging…

And guess who won?…..

 

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(Don’t worry, this didn’t happen to me…)

(picture: Timmy crying, from Shaun the Sheep)

YES, YOU’VE DONE IT, BRO!!!

You’ve won the Scrabble game… for the first time without any help!!!

And with a whopper of two hundred and forty-seven points, too!

Well done, bro, well done!

(Before that game, on a different day, he and I played a game of Checkers and… well, yeah, he won… [if only I didn’t give him any hints!!]😒.)

thTLF9NGIW     “Checkmate!!” – Professor Calculus

(Picture from Flight 714 to Sydney) (Quote from Tintin in Tibet)

 

BTW, Scrabble is my favorite game. What’s yours?