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by Anthony Appleyard
Wed Jul 03, 2013 10:29 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Query about Fritz (the chess program); passwords
Replies: 24
Views: 2976

Re: Query about Fritz (the chess program); passwords

What is the best/safest way to buy Fritz? I am in England.
by Anthony Appleyard
Wed Jul 03, 2013 10:21 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Query about Fritz (the chess program); passwords
Replies: 24
Views: 2976

Query about Fritz (the chess program); passwords

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fritz_%28chess%29 http://www.chessbase-shop.com/en/categories/49 In the Fritz products at the last link, please what is the difference between "Fritz for Fun 13" and "Fritz 13", to explain the price difference? ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Please, how can I cha...
by Anthony Appleyard
Tue Jan 15, 2013 3:03 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Start of the modern move of the queen
Replies: 6
Views: 2332

Re: Start of the modern move of the queen

Tim Harding wrote:On this topic, read "Birth of the Chess Queen" by Marilyn Yalom (published 2004).
Birth of the Chess Queen: A History
by Marilyn Yalom, reviewed by Rick Kennedy
HarperCollins, 2004
Hardcover, 272 pages
ISBN 0060090642

http://www.chessville.com/reviews/Birth ... sQueen.htm
by Anthony Appleyard
Tue Dec 18, 2012 10:03 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Start of the modern move of the queen
Replies: 6
Views: 2332

Re: Start of the modern move of the queen

From what I have found, existing old chess records mention the new queen and bishop moves as established, or say nothing, but do not say that its use spread from this to that place or area. It seems to me that the two root ideas in these new moves developing were:- (1) Let the queen move 2 squares w...
by Anthony Appleyard
Mon Dec 17, 2012 10:15 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Start of the modern move of the queen
Replies: 6
Views: 2332

Re: Start of the modern move of the queen

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_chess#Origins_of_the_modern_game Hello. This fits the bill I think. The story goes, that the queen used to be considered a male piece, but at the time it was empowered, Ferdinand and Isabella were on the Spanish throne, Ferdinand was considered weak and Isabe...
by Anthony Appleyard
Mon Dec 17, 2012 1:48 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Start of the modern move of the queen
Replies: 6
Views: 2332

Start of the modern move of the queen

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_chess#Origins_of_the_modern_game says:- The queen and bishop remained relatively weak until between 1475 AD and 1500 AD, in either Spain, Portugal, France or Italy, the queen's and bishop's modern moves started and spread (Before that, the queen moved 1 square...
by Anthony Appleyard
Mon Dec 17, 2012 1:37 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Grading chess programs
Replies: 1
Views: 1821

Grading chess programs

Has any work been done into giving chess skill grades to the various difficulty levels of any computer chess programs?

I have Chess Titans :: it came with my computer.

There is a common chess program called Fritz :: see
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fritz_%28chess%29
by Anthony Appleyard
Sun Dec 16, 2012 8:18 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: A case of carrying on past checkmate
Replies: 8
Views: 1502

Re: A case of carrying on past checkmate

It could be said that capturing the king is something that never gets a chance to happen, rather then something specifically forbidden. Likely, way back at the beginnings of chess in early 6th-century northwest India, the game did go on to capturing the King, but there was something semi-divine abou...
by Anthony Appleyard
Sun Dec 16, 2012 10:50 am
Forum: Chess Development
Topic: Let's swap pieces instead of wearing out openings
Replies: 2
Views: 14861

Re: Let's swap pieces instead of wearing out openings

Of the 6 possible arrangements of R N B on the king's side, the official arrangement is the only arrangement where foolsmate (1. f3 e5; 2. g4 Qh4#) works. In all 5 other arrangements, White can cover the check.:- R on f1: 3 Rf2 guarded by king N on f1 or h1: 3 Ng3 guarded by h2P B on g1: 3 Bf2 guard...
by Anthony Appleyard
Sun Dec 16, 2012 10:12 am
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: The Jungle Rook
Replies: 7
Views: 2778

Re: The Jungle Rook

The most complicated chess variant that I have come across is a Japanese shogi variant

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taikyoku_shogi

with a board 36x36 squares, and each player has 402 wedge-shaped pieces of 209 types.
by Anthony Appleyard
Sun Dec 16, 2012 9:55 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Alternative style chessmen
Replies: 6
Views: 1685

Re: Alternative style chessmen

Many years ago I bought a pictorial chess set in a wooden box. The pieces are black and white, probably plastic, with baize on their bases to stop sliding. They are; R, tower with pointed roof, and grooves representing mortar between stones. N, rearing horse. B, church bishop with mitre & crozier. K...
by Anthony Appleyard
Sun Dec 16, 2012 9:42 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: A case of carrying on past checkmate
Replies: 8
Views: 1502

A case of carrying on past checkmate

A few days ago I was playing chess with a friend. His king was on the edge of the board. I checkmated him with my queen guarded by my knight. He, feeling tired, played KxQ, leaving himself in check. I also felt a bit tired, and played NxK and claimed win.