LightIntheBox.com – save yourselves!

This is a public information message. If you value your sanity, don’t ever buy anything from these guys.

They are still sending me spam, more than one a day, with prices in dollars, full of pictures, and for days after I’ve unsubscribed.

Be warned.

D

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Chess News Latest

*Chess Latest*
Eccentric head of world chess placed on US sanctions list
Bitter chess feud as English grandmaster defects to Wales
Pentyla Harikrishna wins PokerStars Isle of Man Masters chess tournament Chess gets ‘sexy’ in million dollar Las Vegas tournament
*North sea cod is back on the menu after being taken off endangered list* Bobby Fischer: the movie
Michael Adams fights back at chess World Cup in Baku
FIDE World Cup: Michael Adams strikes late against Maria Muzychuk Michael Adams goes for gold at the FIDE World Cup
Chess World Cup begins in Baku

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/chess/malcolmpein/12021019/FIDE-chief-out-in-the-cold-Why-Kirsan-wont-be-knocking-at-the-door-of-the-US-Treasury.html

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The smile of Tom McGuinness #blues

I thought popular music was rubbish when I was growing up. The pop stuff was naff and the rock stuff was generally
dire. But one night my Dad told me to stay up and watch a TV programme with Louis Armstrong on it. Louis and his band were all pretty grizzled, but the music they played was so relaxed and joyous, and they grinned at each other for the sheer pleasure of playing with each other. I looked at my Dad, and he was grinning too.

The smile of Tom McGuinness is wide and bright, and when it flashed tonight, it lit up the evening like a firework.

http://www.concertatthekings.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/images/blog-bluesband.png http://www.thebluesband.net/

P.S.
“The Blues Police used to accuse us of being too slick… well, we’ve showed them.” — Dave Kelly

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Half-marathon variant chess day pics (Thanks Tim!)

Monster chess – mate with KNQR
Xyriza Chess
5-player chess
Three-check chess

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Half-marathon Variant Chess Day

[Sequel to https://minorityattack.wordpress.com/2015/06/28/variant-chess-marathon-session/ ]

Andy, Dave B, Dave R, Lorenz and our host Tim

Variants played:

* Monster Chess – Dave B’s long-standing favourite, as described by Pritchard, but a no-promotion version
* Xyrixa Chess (how do they come up with these names?) – stylish 3D board, rules improvised, play more or less possible with a human brain, research continues! * 5-player chess (how do they come up with these names?!)
* Consultation chess with once-only veto (stunning Rook sac by Lorenz to force a winning ending) * Refusal Chess (Tim devastating with the initiative)
* Three-check Chess (Dave R’s dodgy Queen sac nearly working)

Also:
Less, soon (or now) available for purchase after Tim’s support for the Kickstarter.

Spurned:
– 3D (3x 8×8) chess
– Japanese and Chinese Chess, Go
– Hexagonal Chess
– Kamisado
– Capablanca Chess
– Checkless Chess
– Everything in Sid Sackson’s _A Gamut of Games_

Suggestion for next time:
Lines of Action

I had always thought that you needed the three major pieces to mate the Monster King, but KQRN proved enough on the day, and maybe any fourth piece might be enough to support the Q once the MK is in a net.

8/8/8/8/6K1/NR6/2Q5/4k3 w – – 0 1

The bK is herded into the shadow of the wK, then it’s mate by the Rook.

KQR is not enough, as the bK can threaten to eat-and-retreat a defended Rook, or play a Knight’s move to take an unguarded Queen. We came away more convinced than ever that White has the advantage in Monster Chess, even without being able to promote, but are still haunted by the the fear that the pieces don’t have time to set up a blockade without Black mounting a quick pawn breakthrough.

Five-player chess uses a big board, with Knights playing a largely defensive role and play was dominated by local scuffles at the borders. We applied our rule, adopted last time, that ‘checkmate’ isn’t enough, you have to take the King, because there can be too many ways for the other jealous players can sabotage your victory. Crayons may be needed for next time, as lining up diagonals required a lot of snooker-style peering at table level. Congrats to Andy who managed to join the dots with a full-board Queen swoop to nab a black King.

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Jeremy Corbyn (left) with David Regis in 1995

From my esteemed colleague this morning

1995 was a difficult year for me to cross a playground…

D

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Plus ca change

Joe Haldeman on The Forever War winning a Nebula:

“…A lot of people who voted for me were probably voting against either The Female Man or Dhalgren.”

Interview in Wordsmiths of Wonder (p.81) by Stan Nicholls (1993; London: Orbit).

P.S. If you missed the context, I found this the most helpful: http://io9.com/eight-books-you-need-to-know-about-to-understand-the-hu-1714933506

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