Checkmate – Tromso Sjakklubb http://tromsosjakklubb.com/ Tue, 09 Aug 2022 00:36:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://tromsosjakklubb.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/icon-16.png Checkmate – Tromso Sjakklubb http://tromsosjakklubb.com/ 32 32 The winners of the “Checkmate Coronavirus” in seventh heaven https://tromsosjakklubb.com/the-winners-of-the-checkmate-coronavirus-in-seventh-heaven/ Tue, 09 Aug 2022 00:36:24 +0000 https://tromsosjakklubb.com/the-winners-of-the-checkmate-coronavirus-in-seventh-heaven/ CHENNAI: In chess, which is much talked about due to the ongoing 44th Olympiad in Mahabalipuram, the term ‘checkmate’ signals the end of a game. But ‘Checkmate Coronavirus’, an online marathon project of the International Chess Federation (FIDE), marked the start of something special for 26 top winners, who are on an all-expenses-paid trip to […]]]>

CHENNAI: In chess, which is much talked about due to the ongoing 44th Olympiad in Mahabalipuram, the term ‘checkmate’ signals the end of a game.

But ‘Checkmate Coronavirus’, an online marathon project of the International Chess Federation (FIDE), marked the start of something special for 26 top winners, who are on an all-expenses-paid trip to Mahabalipuram to watch the Olympiad. .

In May-June 2020, the international body organized “Checkmate Coronavirus” on four platforms – Lichess, Chess.com, chess24 and FIDE Online Arena – through which around 1.2 lakh participants participated in more than 2,700 tournaments.

Chinese Ding Liren (world number 2) and Dutchman Anish Giri (world number 9) are some of the prominent names who took part in this month-long project. In the end, the ‘luckiest’ walked away with the top prizes via ‘raffles’, as interest in tournaments prevailed and game results mattered little.

On Monday at the Olympiad site, DT Next met two big winners – Morad Magdy Anwar Mahmoud Attia from Egypt and Syed Aminur Rahaman from Bangladesh – who are thrilled. “I cried out with happiness when I was announced as one of the winners. The chances weren’t that great because there were a lot of players in the draw. Now I’m on a magical journey” , said Morad, who played the board game day and night during “Checkmate Coronavirus”.

“It’s my very first Olympiad and it’s my first visit to India. I feel so happy to be here. People are helpful. I’m trying to get used to the food,” Morad added.

Meanwhile, Syed, a young, returning journalist, said: “During the COVID-19 lockdown, I played chess online to pass the time. I didn’t expect to be one of the winners. I’m lucky and I feel so happy. I cannot explain my feeling with words. It’s my first Olympiad. The experience has been amazing so far.

Morad and Syed were able to meet their idols in addition to watching the action live from both gaming rooms. Duda is my favorite player so I took a picture with him,” Syed revealed.

“For the first time, I met ‘Super’ Grandmasters. It was great to meet stars whose games we study. I clicked a photo with Fabiano Caruana (from the USA),” Morad said. While COVID-19 remains a plague around the world, the “Checkmate Coronavirus” has undoubtedly been a boon to the chess world.

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Checkmate needs an extreme makeover https://tromsosjakklubb.com/checkmate-needs-an-extreme-makeover/ Mon, 08 Aug 2022 14:57:35 +0000 https://tromsosjakklubb.com/checkmate-needs-an-extreme-makeover/ Arts Checkmate needs an extreme makeover Monday 08 August 2022 A scene from Footprints’ “Checkmate” at the Kenya Cultural Center on July 31, 2022. PHOTO | MARGARETTE WA GACHERU | NMG Checkmate is a strategic term used in chess to indicate that the king is hopelessly cornered, attacked, and finished off by any opponent of […]]]>

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Checkmate needs an extreme makeover


A scene from Footprints’ “Checkmate” at the Kenya Cultural Center on July 31, 2022. PHOTO | MARGARETTE WA GACHERU | NMG

Checkmate is a strategic term used in chess to indicate that the king is hopelessly cornered, attacked, and finished off by any opponent of the king.

It can also be used as a metaphor for anyone who is under attack and has no way of escaping. In the case of Howard Lumumba’s play, “Checkmate”, the one being checked out is Kingston (Jarad Itaro) although we don’t know that until the end of the play.

And oh, how long it took to get to this point.

Characters like Wambugu (Prince Yaya), the landlord who normally carries all the keys, and especially the one that opens the exit to the Black and White estate, was excruciatingly slow to respond to neighbors who wanted him to open that door.

In fact, he never had the nerve to tell them he didn’t have the key. But his shots around the bush got him thrown off the roof by Kingston. No one seemed to care, not even the cop who had come to meet the local deputy.

Wambugu was not alone in repeating his lines and dragging out stories until it got tedious. Getting to the point wasn’t something the Checkmate characters seemed to want to do. But we can’t really blame them.

One could also blame Howard Lumumba’s screenplay or even his directing or both since he is responsible for both. In fact, Checkmate is the perfect example of the peril to which one can expose oneself when one person is both playwright and director of a play.

On the one hand, we would like to congratulate the writer for entrusting us with his script. On the other hand, when one person is both writer and director, the danger is that there will be no one to edit the writer and no one to criticize the director.

So if the text needs to be cut or the action needs to be snappier or the dialogue simpler, none of that is likely to happen. These are issues we have seen in Checkmate.

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A scene from Footprints’ “Checkmate” at the Kenya Cultural Center on July 31, 2022. PHOTO | MARGARETTE WA GACHERU | NMG

It wasn’t a problem that most of the game took place in flashbacks of Kingston. He had played chess with his daughter Princess () and talked about how important it was for her to have a backup – a plan B in her life. Otherwise, she could find herself in a difficult situation like him. Then he went into flashback.

We find ourselves in the black and white slum where the neighbors bemoan the current situation in Kenya, especially unemployment and the high cost of living. When he arrives on the scene, he is called crazy because he is a little crazy.

He has no money and his daughter demands school fees as soon as possible because she is already two weeks late. We learn that he might be one of the robbers who steal groceries for food.

So it’s no surprise to see him on the roof of the tallest building in the slum, preparing to kill himself as it seems to be the only way for Kingston to experience checkmate in his life.

The neighbors all have their own concerns, but they come together to beg him not to jump. On the other hand, when Wambugu gets up there with him, the neighbors are so angry that he won’t open the only exit from the slum, it looks like they might be ready to lynch him if they had chance.

What apparently saves Kingston from suicide and imprisonment is the area’s candidate for MP who uses his situation as a propaganda tool and public relations trick. Kingston is treated as a charity case which she helps.

It’s her way of showing her constituents that she can do it for one or many at a time. It’s to show that she cares about the poor and is ready to go to any lengths to help them.

But then we come back to the present and find that the congresswoman never kept her promise to Kingston. He’s still stuck and unemployed. The worst part is that his wife plans to leave him and take Princess with her. Thus, in real time, Kingston is blocked and about to be subdued. And so the story ends.

Talk about a weak ending. The entire cast of neighbors had already left the stage. Now it’s Kingston’s turn. But wait, there are so many problems that are never solved. What is clear is that ‘Checkmate’ needs an extreme makeover before returning to the stage.

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Checkmate Coronavirus: Vanakkam Chennai! https://tromsosjakklubb.com/checkmate-coronavirus-vanakkam-chennai/ Sun, 07 Aug 2022 21:58:26 +0000 https://tromsosjakklubb.com/checkmate-coronavirus-vanakkam-chennai/ A massive online project, Checkmate Coronavirus, was launched by FIDE in May 2020. Over 720 non-stop hours of this chess marathon, 2,762 tournaments have been played by 120,000 unique participants from at least 140 countries . Winners of the project’s weekly raffle received 1,500 prizes, including souvenirs, free masterclasses and mini-matches with top grandmasters. The […]]]>

A massive online project, Checkmate Coronavirus, was launched by FIDE in May 2020. Over 720 non-stop hours of this chess marathon, 2,762 tournaments have been played by 120,000 unique participants from at least 140 countries . Winners of the project’s weekly raffle received 1,500 prizes, including souvenirs, free masterclasses and mini-matches with top grandmasters.

The lucky ones took home the major prize of the event – a six-night trip to Chennai with paid airfare, full board and a chance to attend the Chess Olympiad, a showpiece event. FIDE event with 186 participating national teams.

After two years of anticipation, the winners of the FIDE Coronavirus Checkmate grand prize project arrived in Chennai, India, and is now enjoying its stay in a 382-year-old city, the chess capital of India and the home of five-time world champion GM Viswanathan Anand.

Chess fans representing Algeria, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Brazil, Colombia, Egypt, Greece, Mauritius, Mexico, Morocco, Myanmar, Pakistan, Serbia, Africa of the South, Spain, Sudan, Sweden and Thailand have already visited the Olympiad site, watched the matches of their favorite players and participated in side events, including festivals, concerts and performances organized by AICF to show the great cultural heritage of Tamil Nadu.

“I had an excellent impression of this Olympiad. I was very well received from the arrival at the airport to the hotel. I went to the beach and the swimming pool and I made a walk on the sand. I can’t say what I liked the most because I liked everything. The Indians are very hospitable. At the Olympiad site, I saw several famous players, including Magnus Carlsen. I want to thank FIDE for this beautiful gift and also for the wonderful gifts we received,” said Carlos Gomes de Taguatinga, the oldest member of the delegation.

“I’m enjoying the Olympics a lot and I’m happy to see so many top players fighting live instead of streaming on Youtube! I’ve played a few friendly matches here and there with random players from all over the world”, – adds Nicolas Noël from Thailand. During the pandemic, he played extensively online on many platforms and participated in hundreds of Checkmate Coronavirus tournaments.

“The Chess Olympiad is my dream. I have never been to foreign countries before,” said Than Min Hlaing from Myanmar. “There are no words to say how happy I am. Chess games at the Olympiad are the greatest games I have ever seen. I feel ecstatic. The person I want him more to see here is Magnus Carlsen. I also want to play chess with a great player. I will never forget this huge memorable event. I hope we will meet at the next Olympiad as well.”

With two more rounds of the Chess Olympiad to come, Checkmate Coronavirus winners have every chance to meet many chess players in person, take selfies with them and get autographs. The visit will end with a spectacular closing ceremony which includes traditional Indian performances and rewards the strongest teams in the event.

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Little girls draw checkmate on Viswanathan Anand with chess doubt https://tromsosjakklubb.com/little-girls-draw-checkmate-on-viswanathan-anand-with-chess-doubt/ Tue, 02 Aug 2022 06:31:29 +0000 https://tromsosjakklubb.com/little-girls-draw-checkmate-on-viswanathan-anand-with-chess-doubt/ I feel like if you really want to mess around, you should talk to little kids. They always come up with the most random questions to make you question your own intellect. And now chess player Viswanathan Anand has been forced to question his entire career after two little girls asked him some really interesting […]]]>

I feel like if you really want to mess around, you should talk to little kids. They always come up with the most random questions to make you question your own intellect. And now chess player Viswanathan Anand has been forced to question his entire career after two little girls asked him some really interesting questions about chess.

Legendary Indian chess player Viswanathan Anand recently found himself baffled by questions from two little fans during the Chess Olympiad in Chennai. He was left searching for an answer when the twins, who were eight, asked him a simple chess question. This was because the question was difficult for the majority of people to understand. The children are seen deliberating on what to ask the grandmaster in a video posted to Twitter. In the end, they decided to ask about the “distraction” of chess pieces.

Anand answers the question, which he misunderstands, but the girl interrupts him and puts her back. Puzzled Anand says he has no idea. While laughing he continued to say that he tries but they never get distracted, he humorously added that one can try to distract your opponent but he is unable to distract from the pieces.

Anand recently said he was happy with his role as “enthusiastic mentor” and had never thought of changing his mind about skipping the Olympiad after Chennai was chosen to host it instead of Russia.

Five-time world champion Anand had opted out this time around, but he will lead the Indian team in the championship game, which will take place in Mamallapuram from July 28 to August 10.

Priyanka Chopra shares her thoughts on being a new parent, says she’ll ‘never impose her wishes’ on her child

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India’s chess capital prepares to host the International Olympiad https://tromsosjakklubb.com/indias-chess-capital-prepares-to-host-the-international-olympiad/ Fri, 29 Jul 2022 18:06:35 +0000 https://tromsosjakklubb.com/indias-chess-capital-prepares-to-host-the-international-olympiad/ The excitement in India’s chess capital, Chennai, is tangible. The city’s famous Napier Bridge recently got a chess-themed makeover, painted entirely in black and white squares, as it hosts the 44th Chess Olympiad. India’s first time hosting the tournament, it started on Thursday and will run until August 10 in Mahabalipuram, a temple town 60 […]]]>

The excitement in India’s chess capital, Chennai, is tangible. The city’s famous Napier Bridge recently got a chess-themed makeover, painted entirely in black and white squares, as it hosts the 44th Chess Olympiad.

India’s first time hosting the tournament, it started on Thursday and will run until August 10 in Mahabalipuram, a temple town 60 kilometers from Chennai. The city is famous for its 7th century rock-cut temples and is currently in the grip of chess fever.

The Olympiad attracted numerous corporate sponsors thanks to an unprecedented publicity campaign. Subway trains and buses were adorned with posters depicting the mascot Thambi (Tamil for “little brother”), a burly horse draped in the Desi attire of a dhoti and shirt. The official tournament anthem was composed by Chennai music maestro and Grammy and Oscar-winning composer AR Rahman.

Mahabalipuram, an hour’s drive from Chennai and known for its seaside resorts, is getting a makeover and welcoming players, referees and tournament organizers. Around 2,000 players flew in, along with coaches and officials, special guests, delegates and volunteers, meaning more than 30 nearby hotels were booked and mock drills were held. Every aspect, from power surges to sanitation, has been covered.

In February, it was announced that the International Chess Federation (Fide) had banned Russia from hosting the prestigious Chess Olympiad. Fide President Arkady Dvorkovich was looking for a new host country and India scrambled to find the necessary guarantee money and won the tender to host the event.

“We are grateful to the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, MK Stalin and his government for their prodigious efforts in bringing the Olympiad to Tamil Nadu, as well as to the Chess Federation of India for their efforts in making this event a success,” said grandmaster Shyam Sundar, who launched an academy called Chess Thulir in Chennai during the pandemic.

“Chess has achieved a new profile and popularity, and I hope it will attract more sponsors for budding players to elevate their game.”

The game, which originated in India over 1,500 years ago, has seen a resurgence in the country in recent years. Significantly, nearly 50% of the world’s top players under the age of 18 are Indian, making the country something of a chess superpower. About 1 million people play local tournaments across the country.

Growth was also driven by online chess and game videos, as well as Netflix. The Queen’s Bet. Chess influencers in India such as Samay Raina have played a role in popularizing the game among Millennials and Gen Z.

Online coaching has also spurred the growth of chess, especially during the pandemic when many were confined to their homes. The game also received a boost when Sagar Shah, an Indian chess player and chartered accountant, and his wife Amruta launched ChessBase in 2016. The pair built a strong following on social media, their site Web has proven to be a major source of chess journalism and sells chess software at discount prices.

Chennai in southern India and its neighboring districts have been associated with chess since the 1950s. It all started when Myanmar-born Manuel Aaron moved to Chennai at the age of 6. He became the country’s first international master in 1961. The country’s first female grandmaster, Subbaraman Vijayalakshmi, is also from the city.

The Tal Chess Club was opened by Aaron in 1972, as part of the Russian Cultural Center in Chennai which held weekend tournaments, as well as lectures on the game, and provided chess books and sets for a nominal amount of 20 rupees ($0.25). ).

Chess competition is intense and the dropout rate is high, with many young people focusing on college studies. Champions like Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa, known as R Praggnanandhaa or 16-year-old Pragg, who achieved the International Masters title at the age of 10, have devoted parents who travel the world with them.

(LR) Nihal Sarin, who became a grandmaster at 14, with grandmasters Pravin Thipsay, RB Ramesh, Adhiban Baskaran and Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa.  Photo: GB Ramesh

It was at the Tal Chess Club that India’s first grandmaster Viswanathan Anand, whose nickname is Lightning Kid, improved his game as a teenager in the 1980s. He became the hero of his generation and the next, with his impressive rise in the game, and had many people follow his dream, from Krishnan Sasikiran in 2000 to Aarthie Ramaswamy in 2003. The numbers speak for themselves today – of India’s 74 grandmasters, 26 come from Chennai and Tamil Nadu.

India's first grandmaster Viswanathan Anand inspired generations of champions.  Photo: Viswanathan Anand

“Chess has always had a home in Chennai,” says Anand, who is now a mentor for Indian teams, referring to Praggnanandhaa, as well as 16-year-old Dommaraju Gukesh, better known as Gukesh D, and Vaishali Rameshbabu, 21 years old. I was in my early teens, we played chess club for hours together. There were many places in Chennai where chess players used to meet and play casually. We have a large share of grandmasters and a long chess tradition. Among the young talent we have three promising names from Chennai: Pragg, Gukesh and Vaishali.

“Nowadays there are chess academies everywhere and the tournaments have over 1,000 players. It is certainly very different from when I started, but it is good that chess and Chennai have not never separated. For me, I love seeing chess being all the rage in the city. Events like this create a new wave of talent and I’m sure Chennai will see a boom in chess.”

Today, Chennai has around 100 chess academies run by professionals and grandmasters. One of the most prolific is managed by husband and wife champion duo, Grandmaster Ramachandran Ramesh, better known as RB Ramesh and his wife, Ramaswamy. The pair established Chess Gurukul in the heart of the city in 2008, and they have produced some of the best talent, including Praggnanandhaa.

After quitting his full time job, Grandmaster RB Ramesh established Chess Gurukul in 2008 in Chennai with his wife Aarthie Ramaswamy and they have trained some of India's finest players in recent years.  Photo: GB Ramesh

“It all started with Viswanathan Anand and his success from 1988, which inspired generations of players,” says Ramesh. “I was a young boy inspired by his game, and Chennai was blessed with many players like him and grandmaster Vijayalakshmi Subbaraman as an inspiration.

“The city and state chess associations were very proactive in organizing tournaments and supporting the game. Of course, back then it was more of a hobby than a sport or a profession, but today there is a lot more money in the game not only for players, but also for coaches, YouTubers and chess book authors.

“Chess championships have always been of interest to the chess community, but this is the first time that the general public has taken so much interest in chess thanks to media coverage and government support for the Olympiad.”

Updated: July 29, 2022, 6:02 p.m.

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HC says PM & Prez Pics must appear in Olympic ads https://tromsosjakklubb.com/hc-says-pm-prez-pics-must-appear-in-olympic-ads/ Fri, 29 Jul 2022 01:07:48 +0000 https://tromsosjakklubb.com/hc-says-pm-prez-pics-must-appear-in-olympic-ads/ There has never been a better time for sport in India, says PM The Prime Minister said there has never been a better time for sport in India. “Whether it is the Olympics, Paralympics or the Deaf, we have achieved glory unlike the past,” the Prime Minister said, adding that India’s sports culture is growing […]]]>

There has never been a better time for sport in India, says PM

The Prime Minister said there has never been a better time for sport in India. “Whether it is the Olympics, Paralympics or the Deaf, we have achieved glory unlike the past,” the Prime Minister said, adding that India’s sports culture is growing stronger with a perfect blend of youth energy and preparation environment.

Modi also recalled the highlights of the 44th Chess Olympiad. “This Olympiad has the largest number of players, teams and female players compared to the previous one. This is the first ever Olympiad where a Torch Relay has been held. From now on, the Torch Relay the torch for all future Chess Olympiads will start from India. The Olympiad torch passed through 75 cities and 27,000 kilometers before reaching Chennai,” he said.

Earlier, the 44th FIDE Chess Olympiad started in bright colors with the cultural events. Foreign players got a taste of Tamil culture with various cultural events starting with traditional dances from eight different states. However, the show stealer was the keyboard performance of upcoming musician Lydian Nadhaswaram who gave a stellar performance.

He started with a single piece of music and continued playing blindfolded. As a special feat, he played two pieces of instruments – the Harry Potter theme music with his left hand and the Mission Impossible theme music with his right hand.

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Checkmate! Eagle Scout’s chess project is a win for the community https://tromsosjakklubb.com/checkmate-eagle-scouts-chess-project-is-a-win-for-the-community/ Thu, 28 Jul 2022 12:34:32 +0000 https://tromsosjakklubb.com/checkmate-eagle-scouts-chess-project-is-a-win-for-the-community/ Before his Eagle Scout project, Andrew Dowden did not know how to play chess. Now he’s falling in love with the game because his project helped commemorate his state’s bicentennial and caught the attention of the governor. Andrew, 17, of Troop 6 in Jefferson City, Mo., didn’t know what he wanted to do for his […]]]>

Before his Eagle Scout project, Andrew Dowden did not know how to play chess. Now he’s falling in love with the game because his project helped commemorate his state’s bicentennial and caught the attention of the governor.

Andrew, 17, of Troop 6 in Jefferson City, Mo., didn’t know what he wanted to do for his Eagle Scout project. While her troop was camping on the property of Jeanne Sinquefield, she approached the Boy Scouts with an idea for a project. Sinquefield is a supporter of scouting and was instrumental in the creation of the chess merit badge. With the 200th anniversary of the state of Missouri taking place last year, Sinquefield thought a bicentennial chessboard would make a fun and educational site for visitors.

Andrew liked the idea. Working with Sinquefield and the city, he planned to create a 14-foot granite chess board with laser-etched images of state historical figures and events that would be installed at Adrian’s Island Park, just steps from the Capital Building. of State.

To complete the chessboard, Maya Thomas of Girls Troop 242 in Columbia, Missouri, would install two wooden benches made from 200-year-old oak for her Eagle Scout project. The wood was cut in 1910 to be used for a barn, and she would help reuse it for park benches.

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As with many Scouting projects, Andrew faced challenges that he and his team of volunteers had to overcome.

First, he was doing this project during the COVID-19 pandemic, and material shortages caused delays. He faced more delays while waiting for the city to build a bridge to the island park. He also met with an engineer to ensure that if the island flooded, the chessboard would remain in place after being installed on its 18-inch concrete foundation.

“I learned a lot, but I think the most important thing I learned was planning every detail of the project,” says Andrew.

The 32 images around the chessboard depicting Missouri history and people included President Harry S. Truman, Dred and Harriet Scott and George Washington Carver, as well as music, railroads, agriculture and sports .

“What I’ve enjoyed the most is working with my fellow scouts and especially seeing how happy it makes people to learn about Missouri history and play chess,” says Andrew.

A masterful ceremony

The project was ready to be unveiled in May. Missouri Governor Michael Parson and First Lady Teresa Parson, along with members of the World Chess Hall of Fame and the St. Louis Chess Club, were there to see it. After a brief ceremony in which the Governor, Maya and Andrew spoke, participants and scouts stood on the chessboard.

The governor and his wife moved the king’s and queen’s pieces, and they and the scouts played an inaugural game while two state chess grandmasters called the moves.

“I will be able to go see my project which will be there for the rest of my life”, says Andrew. “I hope that tourists who come to Missouri will come to the Capitol, walk across the bridge and learn the history of Missouri and also have fun with a game of chess. It’s a great place to spend the day. »

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Beyond Checkmate! – The new Indian Express https://tromsosjakklubb.com/beyond-checkmate-the-new-indian-express/ Wed, 27 Jul 2022 01:18:00 +0000 https://tromsosjakklubb.com/beyond-checkmate-the-new-indian-express/ Express press service HYDERABAD: Grandmaster Arjun Erigaisi, who has seen his stock rise in recent months, is optimistic about India’s chances at the upcoming Chess Olympiad, which is due to start on July 28. If you look at the latest FIDE ranking of the top 10 juniors, three from India are listed. Grandmaster Arjun Erigaisi […]]]>

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HYDERABAD: Grandmaster Arjun Erigaisi, who has seen his stock rise in recent months, is optimistic about India’s chances at the upcoming Chess Olympiad, which is due to start on July 28. If you look at the latest FIDE ranking of the top 10 juniors, three from India are listed. Grandmaster Arjun Erigaisi is second and CE talks to the 18-year-old from Telangana about his love for the sport and how it balances everything together and more.

“I started playing various sports when I was 8 years old. I loved swimming and chess as a hobby when I was a child. It was a few years later that I chose to focus only on chess. Until 2021, I managed to balance studies and chess. But, it became incredibly hectic for me, so I had to choose between further study at university or professional chess .

I wanted to drop out of school after class 12 only, but my parents wanted me to give both a chance together. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out and I dropped out of school when I was in my first year of data science graduation,” Arjun shares on how his love for chess started. He loved his time in Hyderabad when he was a residence student at Ramaraju Academy Of Chess Education in Kothapet. “It was a good time in Hyderabad when I was at boarding school in 2015-2016 to learn chess,” he says.

The young grandmaster does not like chess, he loves watching movies and video games. “I like to watch comedies, especially in Telugu, and play video games to relax. My favorite actors of all time are Jr NTR and Allu Arjun. In video games, I like to play G-Switch and Among Us,” Arjun shares. According to him, even though he is a grandmaster, he still wants to improve and the joy he derives from winning a match is incomparable. “It’s very important to enjoy playing chess and not be under extra pressure. My idols on the field are Viswanathan Anand, Garry Kasparov and Magnus Carlsen.

I honed my chess skills by playing online tournaments rather than reading books, but the learning process may be different for different people. In the end, it’s important to enjoy and do what you want to do,” concludes Arjun, who is preparing for the Chess Olympiad, the 28th Abu Dhabi International Chess Festival, the Dubai Open Chess and the European Chess Club Cup.

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Shotgun King: The Final Checkmate Review: Kingly! https://tromsosjakklubb.com/shotgun-king-the-final-checkmate-review-kingly/ Thu, 21 Jul 2022 17:29:40 +0000 https://tromsosjakklubb.com/shotgun-king-the-final-checkmate-review-kingly/ Developed and published by Delicious PUNKCAKE Shotgun King: The Final Checkmate is a chess-based turn-based twin-stick shooter. In this PC title, you play as an evil king armed with a shotgun for revenge and packing heat. It’s a story of betrayal, revenge and failures! Shotgun King: The Final Checkmate was weird to watch again but […]]]>

Developed and published by Delicious PUNKCAKE Shotgun King: The Final Checkmate is a chess-based turn-based twin-stick shooter. In this PC title, you play as an evil king armed with a shotgun for revenge and packing heat. It’s a story of betrayal, revenge and failures! Shotgun King: The Final Checkmate was weird to watch again but fun.

Behind the somewhat wacky concept, Shotgun King: The Final Checkmate hides a great gaming experience. And makes what might just be one of my favorite games this year. With a cool soundtrack and ever-changing challenge through its leveling system, there’s plenty to enjoy. However, although the game is great fun, it can be terribly difficult. As you are basically playing a game of chess with one piece. Which might prove a little too difficult for some players.

Shotgun King: The Final Checkmate is now available on Itch.io and STEAM.

STORY – SALUTE TO THE BABY KING!

In Shotgun King: The Final Checkmate you play as the evil Black King. A complete bad job if there ever was one. He is a wicked and decadent tyrant who rules his kingdom with an iron fist. However, one day, he is betrayed by the black bishop and he soon finds himself replaced by the much kinder and virtuous white king. And with that, the Black King embarks on a quest for revenge to save the day (at least from his perspective) and restore his ruthless rule once more.

In Shotgun King, you play as a less than noble king.

In Shotgun King, you play as a less than noble king.

As you can tell by the title and the premise, the Shotgun King is an ironic affair. It’s not a deep, dark revenge story that’s an allegory of the writer’s dad issues. It’s a more comedic story. And from a pure writing standpoint, it’s decent. It’s just as humorous as needed without being too self-referential or undermining itself by being too irreverent. Sure, it’s not the funniest title I’ve seen since working for Keengamer, but it’s still a lot of fun. Shotgun King didn’t need a story but the story it has is great fun and really adds to the experience.

GAMEPLAY – THIS IS MY BOOM STICK!

If I had a penny every time I reviewed a chess-inspired twin-stick shooter, I’d have two pennies. What I’m granting you isn’t much, but it’s wired that it’s happened so many times. As previously stated Shotgun king: the final checkmate is an indie chess-based shooter. However, unlike Chess is stupid you are much more limited because you have to follow the rules of chess more closely. Now, this review will not become a comparison between the two titles. As I think it’s downright disrespectful to both games and their development teams. They are two different games with different goals and quirks.

Kill the enemy king and the rest will crumble.

Kill the enemy king and the rest will crumble.

Shotgun King: The Final Checkmate is a hard game to pin down insofar as one would describe it. As if to give it its due, is an Indie Turn Based Twin-Stick Rogue-lite chess puzzle game. All game pieces, including your own move, as they would in a conventional chess game; Bishops can move diagonally, rooks in straight lines and so on. And the other pieces only move when it’s their turn to do so. However, unlike your standard chess set, you defeat other pieces using your trusty shotgun. To complete a level, you must either destroy all enemy pieces or kill the enemy king. Once a level is completed, you have a choice of one of two upgrades. And, in case you die, you have to start over from the beginning.

CRAZY IN UPGRADE

The leveling system itself is not without its own challenges. Each upgrade you get will also grant an upgrade to the enemy side. These upgrades can mean their side gets more of a particular piece type, or they can move farther or attack at greater range. This goes somewhat against the trend in titles like this where you can end up becoming much more overpowered than your enemies. And adds an extra dimension to your upgrade choices. Sure, you can choose an upgrade that makes you more powerful or gives you an extra life, but it could also give your enemies more queens. So sometimes it’s better to take a worse upgrade just to prevent the enemy from getting a better advantage.

Shotgun King's upgrade system adds an extra layer of complexity.

Shotgun King’s upgrade system adds an extra layer of complexity.

Shotgun King can be an incredibly difficult game, even on the lowest of difficulties. You are essentially playing a game of chess with one piece. And if you’re not careful, you can easily find yourself trapped in unwinnable positions if you treat this like a turn-based shooter and not a game of chess. However, as difficult as it is, the difficulty is fair; I have never lost a match due to an unforeseen whim or trap, I have lost due to my own mistakes. And since, aside from the impact upgrades can have on your enemy team, the levels are the same every game, I can always come back and try again.

THE BISHOP GOES AWAY

To be frank with you dear reader, while I enjoyed playing through Shotgun King: The Final Checkmate for this review, I know this is not the game for everyone. The difficulty of this one can and will make it quite a challenge for more casual players. And although it’s technically a twin-stick you can’t play the game with a controller. Well, technically you can if you’re playing the game through Steam, but at this point you’re basically using the controller as a mouse.

Despite using a soul, I still put myself in an unwinnable state.

Despite using a soul, I still put myself in an unwinnable state.

Otherwise, the game is perfectly controlled with the mouse. And given that it’s a turn-based game and it’s not as much of a two-handed shooter as Chess is stupid it’s not like you need quick reflexes. Shotgun King is a slower paced game. More tactical in nature. And I think if you’re looking for an action puzzle game with a solid challenge, then this might be the game for you. And luckily for those who really dig it, there’s an Endless Mode you can unlock after completing Throne Mode once. Well, provided you are qualified enough.

GRAPHICS AND SOUND – THE QUEEN’S KETCHUP

The graphics and art style are pretty typical of your pixel art business. Each piece almost resembling the designs of some early computer chess games. Complete with a CRT style filter to add to the feedback feel. This is appropriate since in general Shotgun King has that retro aesthetic and sound look. In truth, it feels more like a general pastiche than a specific reference to a particular game or platform. That’s not a bad thing. As it makes the game much more unique rather than a tribute to one thing or another.

If you're bored, you can count the scanlines.

If you’re bored, you can count the scanlines.

The soundtrack and sound design of the title are also decent. Like I said, the title is somewhat retro-inspired, with the soundtrack itself looking more like a synthwave and the sound effects sounding sufficiently 8-bit and playful. It acts as a great background for the adventure itself and helps create a solid title overall. The sound and graphic production of Shotgun King are really on top. As beautiful as it sounds, the title design is also practical. You can easily tell which pieces are about to move and the range of your shotgun, and when you mouse over a piece you can see the health and a diagram showing how the piece in question can move. Which is a great addition for anyone unfamiliar with chess and how pieces move!

Shotgun King: The Final Checkmate was reviewed on PC via STEAM.

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Bishop to king four. Checkmate! https://tromsosjakklubb.com/bishop-to-king-four-checkmate/ Thu, 21 Jul 2022 16:00:00 +0000 https://tromsosjakklubb.com/bishop-to-king-four-checkmate/ New chess club being formed in Fort St. John; good way to meet friends, says the organizer A newcomer to Fort St. John hopes to share his love of chess with the community. Juno Gayle moved to the city from Edmonton just four months ago. A pilot by profession, he learned the popular pastime as […]]]>

New chess club being formed in Fort St. John; good way to meet friends, says the organizer

A newcomer to Fort St. John hopes to share his love of chess with the community.

Juno Gayle moved to the city from Edmonton just four months ago. A pilot by profession, he learned the popular pastime as a teenager in his home country of Jamaica.

“I used to play competitively as part of the high school team. I went to college and kept playing,” Gayle explained. “I quit for a while. after that, but I started again when I emigrated to Canada.”

While in Edmonton and Calgary, Gayle hosted a number of chess tournaments and plans to do the same here by starting a club.

“I think it’s a great way to meet friends. It was a way (for me) to get involved in the cities where I lived. I met many people who played chess.

He calls it a mind game.

“It keeps the mind active. I like to be physically and mentally active. Physically, I go to the gym and I get strong. Mentally, I like to read, do crosswords…anything that stimulates the mind,” he added.

“It’s a game you can continually get very good at.”

While many might believe that chess is only for academics or someone of advanced age, Gayle doesn’t see it that way.

“When (Hungarian chess player) Judit Polgar was 14, she became the youngest international chess grandmaster ever. Her father started teaching her chess at age four.

Like any sport or passion, practice makes perfect.

Although daunting at first, the game becomes much easier once you remember how each piece can move, as I discovered while playing my very first game of chess at age 56.

“So here on the front line are the pawns. Essentially, they are infantry,” Gayle described. “Then in the last row you have your rooks, your knights, your bishops, your king and your queen. You can continue to play without your queen but not your king.

“The name of the game is to trap your king in a position where he can’t move.”

Check!

For those wondering, I was told that I did very well on my first outing.

Although he won’t admit it, I like to think my longtime opponent was on the ropes at least once in the game.

Gayle is holding her first session tonight, July 21.

Depending on the answer, there should be enough chess mats and pieces for the curious and newcomers, but experienced players are welcome to bring their own sets, just in case.

Ideally, the plan will be to pair an experienced player with someone new or just learning.

Mind games take place from 6 to 9 p.m. at Brown’s Crafthouse.

Checkmate!


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