chess game – Tromso Sjakklubb http://tromsosjakklubb.com/ Wed, 23 Feb 2022 16:00:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://tromsosjakklubb.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/icon-16.png chess game – Tromso Sjakklubb http://tromsosjakklubb.com/ 32 32 Checkmate – Mick Flannery’s new album takes an innovative turn https://tromsosjakklubb.com/checkmate-mick-flannerys-new-album-takes-an-innovative-turn/ Wed, 23 Feb 2022 16:00:00 +0000 https://tromsosjakklubb.com/checkmate-mick-flannerys-new-album-takes-an-innovative-turn/ A LOCKDOWN-induced obsession with chess turned out to be the inspiration behind a collection of new songs from the pen of internationally acclaimed Blarney singer/songwriter Mick Flannery. Leading his highly anticipated performance at next month’s Choice Music Prize, Flannery has released a 12-track album on bandcamp based on the stories behind 12 famous mid-19th century […]]]>

A LOCKDOWN-induced obsession with chess turned out to be the inspiration behind a collection of new songs from the pen of internationally acclaimed Blarney singer/songwriter Mick Flannery.

Leading his highly anticipated performance at next month’s Choice Music Prize, Flannery has released a 12-track album on bandcamp based on the stories behind 12 famous mid-19th century chess sets and their players.

The album is accompanied by a collection of non-fungible tokens (NFT) titled “A Night at the Opera”, reminiscent of the famous 1858 chess game between Paul Morphy and the Duke of Brunswick and Count Isouard at the Opéra de Paris, with the profits of both shared with the social aid movement “Altruisme Efficace”.

For those not in the know, an NFT is a digital asset that represents real-world objects such as artwork, music, game items, and videos stored on a blockchain, a form of large digital book. These can be purchased online often using cryptocurrency such as Bitcoin.

Although NFTs have been around since 2014, they have become increasingly popular in recent years as a convenient method for selling and buying digital artwork.

Flannery’s new album takes an innovative approach to the art of songwriting, with the movements of pieces from each of the historical chess sets dictating a song’s bass notes, with the song in turn telling the pieces when to move.

At the same time, the NFT collection, produced in collaboration with Sarah, Flannery’s sister, and her husband Luc, contains a selection of videos illustrating the marriage of chess and song.

A preview of the NFT collection can be seen on YouTube alongside Flannery going through different aspects of the collection.

More information about this project can be found via discord.com/invite/nightattheopera.

In a recent interview with Irish Tech News, Flannery said that money was always going to be digitized, so Bitcoin’s emergence “wasn’t that unexpected.”

“Even though there are energy issues around layer one blockchains, it’s hard for me to see a greater use of energy than the conservation of people’s time and labor,” Flannery said.

Talking more about the genesis of the project, which was heavily influenced by Croatian chess player and YouTuber “Agatmators”, Flannery explained his thought process behind the songs.

“A chess piece is given a corresponding musical chord, and so the structure of the song follows the movements of a chosen (mostly famous) chess game. The lyrics of the songs deal mainly with the often complex lives of the grandmasters who play the games,” Flannery said.

“The NFT idea is related to videos where people (chess nerds) can watch the game of chess play out in time and in harmony with the chords of the song. There will be 2D and 3D versions of these and they will be sold as digital tokens, with 20% of all proceeds going to effective altruism,” he added.

For more information on the project and how to purchase the album and NFT, visit www.mickflannery.com

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Chess Is Stupid Review: Checkmate https://tromsosjakklubb.com/chess-is-stupid-review-checkmate/ Wed, 23 Feb 2022 08:00:00 +0000 https://tromsosjakklubb.com/chess-is-stupid-review-checkmate/ Casting on PC is an indie twin-stick shooter Chess is stupid. Developped by hwilson, This original title sees you playing as a player who gets sucked into a chess video game and must fight for your life against giant chess pieces. Each piece moves as it would in-game, and each deadlier than the last! In […]]]>

Casting on PC is an indie twin-stick shooter Chess is stupid. Developped by hwilson, This original title sees you playing as a player who gets sucked into a chess video game and must fight for your life against giant chess pieces. Each piece moves as it would in-game, and each deadlier than the last! In truth, dear reader, I can’t say that I know much about chess, but I do know how to play video games.

The title offers an interesting twist on the twin-stick indie shooter subgenre and adds subtle levels of depth to the gameplay. With an addictive base loop, this makes for a truly compelling title. One that has something for newcomers and veterans alike. But without further ado let’s get to the review!

Chess is stupid is available on PC via Itch.io.

STORY – CHESS IS STUPIDLY FUN

Chess is stupidThe story of is quite simple. You play as a guy trying to make it in the Chess E-Sports circuit. However, after a series of losses, their ELO score plummets, causing them to declare that “Chess is stupid!”. And then, due to some form of magical trickery, they are pulled into their computer and into a whole new world. A world with massive chess pieces that are ready for revenge! Now lost in this strange land, the player must defeat waves of chess pieces across multiple levels in order to return home.

Okay, I grant you that this is not the most conventional story ever told. And as you can see, the story here is rather quirky and goofy. The writing of Chess is stupid is largely ironic; nothing deeper, nothing more subtextual, it’s just a bit of fun. The story is told in two cutscenes, one appearing at the beginning and the other at the end of the game. Said cutscenes are quite well animated and set the tone that the developers want to convey.

Chess is stupid, I'm stupid, everything is stupid!

Chess is stupid, I’m stupid, everything is stupid!

Overall, it’s a functional, traditionally told video game story. Something that’s an add-on to the experience, rather than the main focus. It’s flavor, garnish and it’s a welcome bonus. The main focus of this particular video game meal is the gameplay and therein lies the quality.

GAME – CULTURE

Chess is stupid is a twin-stick shooter in the style of Crush the TV and titles of that ilk. You move with your control stick and fire using the face buttons on your controller of choice. The controls are easy to learn and very intuitive, even if you’ve never played a title like this before. In fact, I dare say Chess is stupid serves as a nice introduction to the indie twin-stick shooter subgenre.

Chess is Stupid is a great twin-stick shooter for beginners.

Chess is Stupid is a great twin-stick shooter for beginners.

This accessibility is helped by the fact that the title never complicates itself by providing a touch of unnecessary gameplay. What you see in these opening levels is pretty much what you get all along the whole adventure; there is no dodge roll, shot deflection or anything like that. “Run and shoot” is the aim of the game here. And it’s incredibly convenient. It’s simple yet effective, and after the first level or so, you’ll be fully proficient with the controls for the entire feature. However, as easy to learn as the controls are, that doesn’t mean the title lacks depth. Chess is stupid isn’t your standard double-tick shooter, and it’s not without a few tricks his sleeves to help it stand out.

“ISN’T HE VERY KNIGHT?”

The great gameplay feature of this dual-stick indie shooter is that each enemy chess piece moves as it would in a standard chess game; Bishops move diagonally, rooks can move in a straight line, etc. This adds an extra layer of complexity into the mix, as you can’t just run around shooting everything that moves and expect a clean win. You need to make sure you are not on a square that will put you in the direct path of one of the enemy pieces. If you get hit you lose health, you get hit three times and it’s Game Over.

Get a Game Over in Chess Is Stupid and you'll start over at level one.

Get a Game Over in Chess Is Stupid and you’ll start over at level one.

Each level is almost like a puzzle. You need to think very carefully about where you are and where you are going. So many parts can easily run around and damage you in seconds. For this reason, you have to think almost thinking two steps ahead of your opponents. It adds a level of tactical finesse that’s often lacking in other double-stick shooter titles and encourages you to think longer term.

STAR TOKEN

For example, you might decide to leave the pawns until the end since they are the weakest pieces and pose the least threat. However, if they get to the other side of the board, they become a queen; a piece that can move in any direction and is incredibly durable. This can make things more difficult for you and give you a new threat to deal with. Corn you can use this to your advantage, as destroying Queens is your only source of health in the game. So, there is an element of risk and reward to be had if you are particularly daring.

And if a pawn goes all the way, it becomes a queen.

And if a pawn goes all the way, it becomes a queen.

In addition, parts of Chess is stupid can damage the level you are playing on. When certain enemy pieces move, they can damage the square they land on. The first time they land, it will crack the surface. If they damage a tile enough, it will shatter and reduce the amount of space the player has to fight in. And by extension, changing the direction in which certain pieces will be able to travel. It’s a nice feature. One that I wish was more present in the game. Aside from that and the presence of landmines and giant unbreakable shields in later levels, the boards you fight on can become quite similar after a while.

SQUASH BUTTON

A problem I kept running into while reading for the exam of Chess is stupid is that enemy pieces can be bullet sponges. I’d forgive that if it were just for bosses, but that’s the case for almost every room, regardless of rank. It’s not helped by the fact that there are no bonuses to make fights faster or easier. You get the only basic attack and must use it on everything. That in itself can drag out some levels, especially if you have enemy pieces that are easy to dodge but take a lot of hits to defeat.

A boss fight, yesterday.

A boss fight, yesterday.

Overall I feel like Chess is stupid offers a decently nuanced and engaging experience given his length. And much of my criticism comes from the perspective of someone who has played a multitude of Twin-Stick Shooters over the years. As such, someone less familiar with them might be a bit more forgiving. Frankly, it’s not a title you’re going to invest hundreds of hours learning the nuances and tricks of. But it’s a fun challenge that will keep you entertained for an afternoon or two depending on how it hooks you.

GRAPHICS AND SOUND – ROOK ‘N’ ROLL

The artistic design for Chess is stupid has a distinct pixel art style that feels both modern and retro-inspired. It never seems to seek to evoke the allure of one particular system or another, it is his own entity. And it looks good. Each piece is well designed and has been translated well into the game itself; you can easily tell which parts are which. Action games like this live or die by their ability to clearly display and convey information to the player. And in this title, they nail that aspect. Whenever an enemy piece is about to attack, you know it. You know where they will land and where their attacks will hit even if you don’t know much about chess.

Exclamation points indicate where an attack will land.

Exclamation points indicate where an attack will land.

If I have to be critical, though, the game doesn’t scale very well to fullscreen. When you put it in full screen, the title bar and your taskbar are visible, which, while not a deal breaker, can reduce the viewing experience. But that issue aside, the pixel-art scales to larger resolutions without any noticeable stretching or distortion of the visuals. It’s just a minor issue that could be easily fixed or even just ignored by you while playing.

ONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK

Unfortunately, the weakest aspect of Chess is stupid is the soundtrack. However, it’s not really the tracks themselves that are the problem, but rather the way they are presented in the game. The music sounds terribly compressed in some cases. I feel like the soundtrack is trying to evoke a more “old school” feel, but the way it’s executed here makes some tracks sound like they’re from an early to mid-years Flash game 2000, more than a nod to the titles of yesteryear. Certainly, if you’re too young to remember this sound, or if you never grew up with these titles, you shouldn’t mind.

The soundtrack of Chess Is Stupid fits the game well, even if it seems a bit

The Chess Is Stupid soundtrack fits the game well, even if it feels a bit “off” to me.

Beyond the sound compression issue, the music itself is decent. Like I said, the tracks themselves are really great. They really convey a great sense of progression in the game, there are a decent number of them and each track has a distinct feel. They are well composed and enjoyable to listen to and really match the tone of the gameplay. And they bring a sense of mystery and urgency, as well as a sense of adventure and action to events. It’s just a shame though that the way they are presented takes something away from me. Of course, your mileage may vary dear listener, because again, aside from that complaint, the soundtrack is excellent.

(This article features a video from Itch.io)

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Airthings Masters Day 3: Nepo remains in the lead; Carlsen takes second https://tromsosjakklubb.com/airthings-masters-day-3-nepo-remains-in-the-lead-carlsen-takes-second/ Mon, 21 Feb 2022 23:31:00 +0000 https://tromsosjakklubb.com/airthings-masters-day-3-nepo-remains-in-the-lead-carlsen-takes-second/ Managing director Ian Nepomniachtchi leads by a huge seven-point margin, while managing directors Magnus Carlsen, Vladislav Artemiev and Vincent Keymer are the main contenders for the qualifying places. How to watch? Master Airthings | Ranking of the 3rd day # fed Player Rtg Points 1 […]]]>

Managing director Ian Nepomniachtchi leads by a huge seven-point margin, while managing directors Magnus Carlsen, Vladislav Artemiev and Vincent Keymer are the main contenders for the qualifying places.

How to watch?

Master Airthings | Ranking of the 3rd day




















# fed Player Rtg Points
1 Nepomniachtchi, Ian 2773 27/36
2 Carlsen, Magnus 2865 20/36
3 Artemiev, Vladislav 2700 20/36
4 Clemer, Vincent 2664 20/36
5 Giri, Anise 2772 19/36
6 Hansen, Eric 2606 19/36
7 Abdusatorov, Nodirbek 2651 18/36
8 Esipenko, Andrei 2714 18/36
9 Ding, Liren 2799 18/36
ten Aronian, Levon 2772 17/36
11 Le, Quang Liem 2709 15/36
12 Praggnanandhaa R 2612 15/36
13 Duda, Jan-Krzysztof 2760 12/36
14 Niemann, Hans Moke 2642 11/36
15 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2767 11/36
16 Kosteniuk, Alexandra 2516 0/36

I would like to start with a disclaimer. For some reason, I didn’t feel in the mood to write my usual detailed analysis today, and instead took the position of a spectator, simply enjoying the games. This report will show some fragments from today’s games that caught my eye.

The first lap was a bit uneven. I’ll start with a special case of mutual errors in the game between GM Jan-Krzysztof Duda and GM Levon Aronian.

Nepomniachtchi could easily have added another victory to his tally by beating Keymer in a technical finale.

I praised GM Le Quang Liem’s ​​consistent play through the first two days, but he couldn’t maintain his late game composure at the start of day three. It didn’t help that his opponent was called Magnus Carlsen.

The next round brought another shocking upset. GM Eric Hansen beat the world champion with Black. Granted, Magnus blundered badly, but credit where credit is due, Eric played his opener, the classic Ruy Lopez, and never backed down.

In other important developments, I would mention the steady progress of General Manager Anish Giri. After a lackluster performance on Day One, Anish gradually picked up speed, when his third straight victory (the last over GM Ding Liren) catapulted him to a split second place. Ding, on the other hand, begins to show the ill effects of playing chess in the middle of the night. Life is hard for the Chinese number 1.

Anish Giri Airthings Masters 2022
Giri picks up the pace after their third straight win. Photo: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com.

The last game to end was an Artemiev victory over Aronian, which saw the Russian grab the final qualifying spot with five laps to go.

Round 11 began with a grandmaster draw between Ding and Carlsen. All things considered, we should be lenient with the players, as none of them are in a fun tournament right now. Sometimes a short breath is enough to correct the course of the ship. A big battle between Hansen and general manager Nodirbek Abdusattorov almost turned in favor of the Canadian, but Eric took too long and got into the wrong tactic.

On the handlebars of this victory, the young fast world champion found himself right in the middle. His chances got even better with a miraculous escape from bad position against Ding Liren in Round 12.

In the meantime, Artemiev continued his late push by winning a fine match against Keymer – match of the day that is.

Vlad nearly made it a perfect 4/4, but he couldn’t convert his extra pawn against GM Shakhriyar Mamedyarov in Round 12. A well-rested Carlsen caught him beating Duda with surprising ease. Didn’t Bobby Fischer say the Dragon was easy: open the h file, the bag and the companion?

Carlsen and Artemiev are joined in a tie for second place by Keymer, who never seems to go away and bounces back from losses. He did it again by beating GM Hans Niemann to conclude day three.

Let’s take a look at the leaderboard and estimate the players’ chances of making the top eight.

Obviously, Nepo has already passed. His huge total of 27 points (9.5/12 and two points clear of the field under the old scoring system) will take care of that. Truth be told, with a little more care, Ian could have picked up two more wins today if he hadn’t lost a big late game advantage to Keymer and Le. Still, his speed continues to impress. Nepo literally goes through every game, spending just over five minutes of his time. Whether his confidence holds up heading into the playoffs is another story altogether.

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Nepo is already in the playoffs. Photo: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com.

Carlsen’s high-profile struggles shouldn’t make much of a difference once the playoffs begin. I feel like Magnus doesn’t really care what position he’ll be in. According to the media, the first enemy he must defeat is the Covid-19. I’m not really in a position to elaborate on medical matters, but I’m confident a 31-year-old in fine form will pull through.

I think Artemiev has already proven his class. His only two losses have come to Carlsen and Ding, and there aren’t many players left who can top him. I guess Vlad is going to be in the playoffs.

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Artemiev proved he was a force to be reckoned with. Photo: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com.

The rest is a big mess. I would like to see Keymer, Abdusattorov and, in particular, Hansen do it. However, experience counts in this business, and I think Giri and Aronian will be there. Not safe for Ding, however, the time zone situation is brutal. Le Quang Liem and PR are not left behind, but they are going to need a big boost. Either way, only three laps tomorrow separate us from all the answers.

All Games Day 3

The Champions Chess Tour 2022 Airthings Masters takes place February 19-27 on chess24. The preliminary phase is a rapid round robin (15+10) with 16 players. The top eight players qualify for a knockout which consists of one four-game rapid match during the quarter-finals and semi-finals and two four-match rapid matches during the final. The game switches to blitz (5 + 3) and armageddon (white has five minutes, black has four with no increment) only decides if a knockout match ends in a tie. The total prize money for the event is $150,000, with $750 for each win and $250 for each draw in the preliminaries.

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Glasgow Chess Makers: Our Next Move is Edinburgh and Beyond https://tromsosjakklubb.com/glasgow-chess-makers-our-next-move-is-edinburgh-and-beyond/ Sat, 19 Feb 2022 05:15:03 +0000 https://tromsosjakklubb.com/glasgow-chess-makers-our-next-move-is-edinburgh-and-beyond/ IT began as a tribute to their hometown and saw some of Glasgow’s most famous landmarks replicated in chess pieces. The Glasgow-themed chess set became a hit and business boomed for product design graduates Michael O’Donnell and Alex Duff. Now they are ready to take their next step as they expand their chess-themed business nationwide […]]]>

IT began as a tribute to their hometown and saw some of Glasgow’s most famous landmarks replicated in chess pieces.

The Glasgow-themed chess set became a hit and business boomed for product design graduates Michael O’Donnell and Alex Duff.

Now they are ready to take their next step as they expand their chess-themed business nationwide with sets representing other Scottish and UK towns.

Read more: The architect behind the redesign of the Burrell Collection says it opened up the heart of the building

The duo have designed a durable chess set with all the figures representing iconic Glasgow landmarks. The Clydeside Chess Set features the Duke of Wellington on his horse with the trademark cone as a knight; the pawns are represented by the armadillo and the Finnieston crane is the rook.

Demand for their premium product is booming and now they are ready to replicate their success with new releases for other cities.

Clydeside Chess idea will be replicated in other UK cities

Each piece was designed and manufactured by the duo using CAD software and a 3D printer. They are printed using an eco-friendly resin produced from soybeans so they are durable and compostable when no longer needed.

The friends, who set up a company called 3D Scotland, began selling the chess sets at Scottish Design Exchange stores in Glasgow and Edinburgh. SDX provides street presence to hundreds of independent artists and artisans.

Read more: Edinburgh auctioneers to lead sale of rare 18th century doll’s house

Mr O’Donnell, 24, said: ‘Alex and I were together at university where we became best friends. We felt that global cities like New York and London were getting all the love from the world of design and cultural promotion and that our hometown of Glasgow was not represented at all.

“We wanted to pay homage to our hometown and show the world what a wonderful place Glasgow is to live and work. In addition to using the skills we were learning in college, we also wanted to do something enjoyable as a hobby.

We were both studying product design at Glasgow School of Art and the University of Glasgow. In order to show Glasgow some love, we decided to design a chess set with each of the pieces represented by an iconic Glasgow landmark.

“Thus the king is represented by the main building of the University of Glasgow, the Rook by the Finnieston Crane and the pawns by the Armadillo. We both went to see Limmy at the Armadillo and felt we couldn’t leave him out.

Michael O'Donnell and Alex Duff Take Their City Chess Game Idea Nationwide

Michael O’Donnell and Alex Duff Take Their City Chess Game Idea Nationwide

The sets, which come in a specially designed presentation box and come with a brochure explaining the background to how they were made, sell for £225. Individual pieces are also sold in bespoke gift boxes.

Sets are produced in black and white and bespoke color versions can be produced to order. There is a green and blue set for players who, like Alex and Michael, are rival Old Firm fans.

Mr Duff, 25, said: ‘We have been pleasantly surprised by the strong demand for the products, most of which are bought as gifts for people who live in Glasgow or who have moved but retain ties to the city.

“Our plan is to produce sets that pay homage to other cities that are not getting the attention they deserve, starting with Edinburgh and we are currently in the process of shortlisting monuments to represent the pieces.

“We will then move on to Aberdeen and Dundee, as well as a pan-Scottish plateau, before moving on to cities in England, starting with Newcastle and Manchester.”

Michael ODonnell and Alex Duff expand their business nationwide

Michael O’Donnell and Alex Duff expand their business nationwide

The pair are now hard at work fulfilling orders and, with each set taking around 36 hours, they plan to invest in new premises and equipment.

“An incredible amount of detail goes into creating the pieces to make them proper reproductions rather than just rough copies,” O’Donnell added.

“We take our own photos of each structure and study it in detail before the process of designing a replica begins and the printer is accurate to within five microns.

“So if you look at the Finnieston Crane, for example, the chess piece even has the Clydeport sign on the side.

“We want to make premium products that stand the test of time. Each piece is individually finished and polished so they look clean and sleek and there are detailed instructions on how to care for them to ensure they last a lifetime.

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Ukraine is a ‘pawn in the chess game’ of the United States, says Australian professor on Moscow-Kiev conflict https://tromsosjakklubb.com/ukraine-is-a-pawn-in-the-chess-game-of-the-united-states-says-australian-professor-on-moscow-kiev-conflict/ Sat, 29 Jan 2022 02:45:00 +0000 https://tromsosjakklubb.com/ukraine-is-a-pawn-in-the-chess-game-of-the-united-states-says-australian-professor-on-moscow-kiev-conflict/ Tensions along the Ukraine-Russia border have continued to escalate after Moscow deployed more than a million troops to the Eastern European region since October last year . In light of the situation, as the West continues to note Russia’s aggressive behavior against Kiev, a professor emeritus from La Trobe University in Melbourne, Joseph Camilleri, explained […]]]>

Tensions along the Ukraine-Russia border have continued to escalate after Moscow deployed more than a million troops to the Eastern European region since October last year . In light of the situation, as the West continues to note Russia’s aggressive behavior against Kiev, a professor emeritus from La Trobe University in Melbourne, Joseph Camilleri, explained why the United States is concerned about the speculation about a potential “Russian threat” and its consequences. . Speaking to Sputnik, Professor Cammileri said: “The United States is playing a leading role…to put the Russian side on its back”, adding that Ukraine is “a pawn in the game of American Chess“.

Asked for his opinion on the main objective of the West and the possible blowback, despite Russia claiming that it does not want to invade Ukraine, Professor Camilleri said: “I think they ( the United States) want to protest against this position and they want to feel , on the Russian side on the back. That’s what they are trying to do. And the question is: how will this situation be handled by the two parties so that nothing unpleasant happens in any part of Europe.” Since US intelligence officials detected the buildup of troops on the Ukraine-Russia border, the US has helped warn Moscow of potential sanctions in the event of an attack on Kiev’s sovereignty. Nevertheless, Russia has repeatedly refuted the allegations, saying it had no intention of undermining Ukraine’s territorial integrity.

“Russia has stated that it has no intention of doing so and therefore none of these threats are expected to materialize. But, nevertheless, the fact that this has happened, that these threats have been made creates a tense situation. And I think the backlash is that it prevents and promotes dialogue and a constructive relationship in Europe and that can have wider implications beyond Europe,” said Professor Joseph Camilleri, Emeritus of La Trobe University, quoted by Sputnik.

Explaining the inversely proportional relationship between the backlash of Russian and Western threats, Europe in particular, Professor Camilleri explained that “I could backfire in terms of increased instability in Europe, and that doesn’t will benefit neither Western Europe nor Eastern Europe, Ukraine included, (creating) greater tension outside of Europe.” He also stressed the importance of Russian-American dialogue for the resolution of conflicts, including the Middle East as well as the Iranian nuclear program.

Ukraine is the “pawn in the chess game” of the United States

Russia has often accused the United States of “alarmist” behavior with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, saying Washington is stoking hysteria around the situation on Eastern Europe’s borders. Referring to the same, Professor Camilleri said: “I think the United States is interested in Ukraine in the sense that Ukraine is the final nail, so to speak, it is the final prize. that they would like to have at the end”. When asked if Russia and China could develop a strategic partnership to confront the United States, he added:

“It’s a pawn in a game of chess that they’re trying to play, but I think by doing it the way they’re doing it could well in the very near future bring China and Russia even closer together in this domain.”

In the latest developments on the Moscow-Kiev conflict, the United States and NATO sent a written response to Russia on the list of security demands it made last December. The list included the exclusion of Ukraine, a former Soviet nation, from joining the international military bloc, in addition to the withdrawal of NATO troops from post-1997 borders and the limitation of the deployment of the weapons system. On the other hand, countries like the UK and Canada have given financial and technical assistance to Kiev in an effort to deter Russian aggression.

(Picture: AP)

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Chess Player Shares His Life Philosophy With Iowa State Students | News https://tromsosjakklubb.com/chess-player-shares-his-life-philosophy-with-iowa-state-students-news/ Fri, 28 Jan 2022 01:34:17 +0000 https://tromsosjakklubb.com/chess-player-shares-his-life-philosophy-with-iowa-state-students-news/ David Skaar wears his favorite party hat while playing chess at Memorial Union. Maris Cameron/Iowa State Daily Many students have seen David Skaar sitting at a Memorial Union table with his board and boombox, waiting for someone to join him. You may have sat down to play chess with him before. “Chess is like a […]]]>






David Skaar wears his favorite party hat while playing chess at Memorial Union.



Many students have seen David Skaar sitting at a Memorial Union table with his board and boombox, waiting for someone to join him. You may have sat down to play chess with him before.

“Chess is like a game of life,” Skaar said. “Winning, losing or drawing, it has its limits and we can’t dwell on the moves we made or didn’t make.”

Retired at 66, Skaar now devotes his time to showing students various chess strategies. Wearing his favorite party hat and listening to the Beatles on a portable boombox, Skaar regularly studies and teaches chess at Memorial Union, North Grand Mall and Welch Ave.

Born in 1955 in Story City, Iowa, Ames resident David Skaar discovered his passion for the game of chess early on. The youngest of four children and a graduate of Scott Community College, Skaar, at 27, has traveled and competed in various chess tournaments in Los Angeles.

Skaar worked as a motorcycle mechanic for many years until his mother passed away in 2002. Putting his family first, Skaar returned to Iowa in November 2003 to care for his father for the next seven years. of his life.

Referencing books like “My 60 Memorable Games” by Bobby Fischer, Skaar shares valuable chess lessons, including the difference between descriptive and algebraic notation on chess boards and how to get an opponent to “checkmate“. in five strokes.

“I try to be a positive in the lives of these kids while they’re here,” Skaar said. “As a teacher of the game, it’s my job to simplify the rules, so they can understand and no longer doubt their abilities. If I can’t do that, then I’ve failed as a teacher.

Besides being an avid chess player, Skaar shares his philosophy of life and love with the Iowa State community.

“Tell your parents you love them and enjoy your youth,” Skaar said. “Time flies for all of us and it’s fun to learn, grow and experience all of the possibilities available to you with the ones you love.”

Skaar encourages students to take every opportunity that comes their way in the state of Iowa, because life can be full of surprises too.

“Like the knight’s piece in chess, life is most surprising,” Skaar said. “He has the special ability to jump at you from all sorts of directions, and you never see it coming.”

Skaar tells students to become the best version of themselves and find happiness in their work and play far beyond the time they graduate. Skaar himself shows students how he finds joy in the arts, drawing and listening to his favorite rock music.

Skaar not only plays chess with Iowa State students in his spare time, but he also plays poker and Yahtzee with residents of the Mainstream Living Alzheimer’s Unit in Ames. Skaar became a certified caregiver and was a caregiver at Mainstream Living before retiring.

Skaar continues to promote chess by working with the Iowa State Chess Club, playing games with other students, and solving puzzles as a group. Students interested in joining can attend club meetings from 6-8 p.m. Mondays at Carver 204.

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Tennis and chess master Barty keeps opponents in check at Australian Open | The mighty 790 KFGO https://tromsosjakklubb.com/tennis-and-chess-master-barty-keeps-opponents-in-check-at-australian-open-the-mighty-790-kfgo/ Mon, 24 Jan 2022 09:38:48 +0000 https://tromsosjakklubb.com/tennis-and-chess-master-barty-keeps-opponents-in-check-at-australian-open-the-mighty-790-kfgo/ By Courtney Walsh MELBOURNE (Reuters) – That’s the bet Ash Barty’s opponents are finding it too hard to resist. Australia’s world number one is a master at tricking his rivals into hitting shots that are too taxing, says David Witt, longtime partner of Venus Williams and now coach of Jessica Pegula, who will face Barty […]]]>

By Courtney Walsh

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – That’s the bet Ash Barty’s opponents are finding it too hard to resist.

Australia’s world number one is a master at tricking his rivals into hitting shots that are too taxing, says David Witt, longtime partner of Venus Williams and now coach of Jessica Pegula, who will face Barty in the quarter-finals Tuesday. .

“I think Ash is trying to get you to take shots that maybe you shouldn’t take,” Witt said. “I think a lot more people have unforced errors against her because she’s very smart in the way she plays.”

Barty approaches tennis like a chess master studies a game. Every move is designed to prepare her for the next game, especially when it comes to her service games.

“It’s not always about trying to hit as hard as possible. I’m rarely redlining, hitting a serve as hard as I can,” she said.

“It’s more about placement, thinking about what kind of return I’m going to get to try to set up the rest of the point.”

The 25-year-old wants to make her opponents uncomfortable, knowing that if she manages to disrupt their rhythm, mistakes will be more frequent.

“It’s the chess game we play,” she said.

“You go out and have fun with it, see who can perform better on the day, and that’s about all there is to it.”

In his last two outings at Rod Laver Arena, Barty has been able to draw mistakes from Amanda Anisimova and Camila Giorgi at critical points to progress.

Barty, who is looking to become the first local since Chris O’Neil in 1978 to win the Australian Open, had half Anisimova’s unforced error count in her fourth-round match.

It was a similar scenario against Giorgi, with the Italian committing 24 unforced errors to 13 for the reigning Wimbledon champion trying to knock her off the court.

The gap was less pronounced in her opening two wins over Lesia Tsurenko and Lucia Bronzetti, but that was partly down to the Aussie’s dominance in those matches.

Pegula, who was part of Barty’s battle at Roland Garros during his championship run in 2019, is aware of the challenge that awaits him at the Rod Laver Arena.

“I feel like Ash is so tactical in everything she does. (She’s) really a smart tennis player…perfect in that way,” she said.

The 27-year-old was a quarter-finalist in Melbourne last year and could leave Australia this year as the highest-ranked woman in the United States. But it will be a challenge.

“You have to beat the best to be the best, so Ash is definitely the best right now,” Witt said. “She has a tough game.”

(Reporting by Courtney Walsh; Editing by Peter Rutherford)

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A Polish player falls from his chair after losing a game of chess. Internet keeps laughing https://tromsosjakklubb.com/a-polish-player-falls-from-his-chair-after-losing-a-game-of-chess-internet-keeps-laughing/ Tue, 04 Jan 2022 09:33:31 +0000 https://tromsosjakklubb.com/a-polish-player-falls-from-his-chair-after-losing-a-game-of-chess-internet-keeps-laughing/ Chess is a serious game that requires a lot of restraint. One wrong move and you could lose an important soldier in your army on the board. The players get so involved in this game that it lasts for hours. Players are also disappointed when they lose. When a player recently lost a game, he […]]]>


Chess is a serious game that requires a lot of restraint. One wrong move and you could lose an important soldier in your army on the board.

The players get so involved in this game that it lasts for hours. Players are also disappointed when they lose. When a player recently lost a game, he experienced a similar disappointment. But, despite his loss, something interesting happened to him and that’s what made him go viral on the internet.

Pawel Teclaf, a famous 18-year-old Polish chess player, is well known in his home country and around the world, but he is currently in the news for another reason. A video in which Pawel plays chess and reacts sadly to his loss goes viral. But something happened and it made everyone laugh.

Pawel is seen playing against a competitor at the FIDE World Blitz Championship in Warsaw in a viral video. After being defeated in the game, he feels anxious but suddenly the balance of the chair gets out of hand and he falls. It was not a painful or detrimental fall for him. The video looks pretty funny. He claimed that his chair lost his balance and as a result he fell.

The reaction was spontaneous:

Pawel claimed his opponent helped him when he fell to the ground. He was furious at the time, but when he saw the video himself he started to laugh. The player said he saw a man in the elevator watching the same video on his phone for the first time. When he returned home and checked his phone, he found he had received many links.

He said he did not react in this way during the game, but he has no idea how such a reaction came about during this game. This reaction, he says, was not planned in advance. On social media, people are making funny comments about the video.

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Pokémon-themed chess variant lets pieces compete against each other https://tromsosjakklubb.com/pokemon-themed-chess-variant-lets-pieces-compete-against-each-other/ Fri, 31 Dec 2021 21:50:00 +0000 https://tromsosjakklubb.com/pokemon-themed-chess-variant-lets-pieces-compete-against-each-other/ A Pokémon fan combined the fighting mechanics of early Pokémon games with chess, allowing pieces to fight so they could stay on the board. A creative Pokemon fan has created a digital chess set that incorporates Pokemon combat mechanics from early games. Infusion Pokemon the gameplay in different games has been popular both in the […]]]>


A Pokémon fan combined the fighting mechanics of early Pokémon games with chess, allowing pieces to fight so they could stay on the board.

A creative Pokemon fan has created a digital chess set that incorporates Pokemon combat mechanics from early games. Infusion Pokemon the gameplay in different games has been popular both in the modding community and with indie developers. Turn-based battles allow players to employ interesting strategies, and this mechanic adds an intriguing touch to a digital chess game.

During the creation Pokemon-Themed modules or personal projects, many fans often take inspiration from classic visuals and 2D, pixelated art style instead of using more recent game concepts from the series. This is because previous games like Pokémon Red, Blue and Yellow are iconic for most fans of the series, and the old mechanics were straightforward compared to the 3D models and complex combat elements found in titles like Pokémon Sword and Shield, which makes them easier to recreate. Older games were also ported to newer consoles and unofficially made available through Game Boy emulators for PCs, making the code accessible to copy and use in other projects.

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A Pokemon fan of the name veskei on Reddit has created a unique digital chess set as a personal project. While the simple, top-down chessboard looks like what many would expect to see in a game like this, things take a surprising turn when one piece moves to capture another. The board flashes similar to an encounter with a wild Pokémon, before taking the player into a mini-game where the pieces must clash to stay on the board. The battle looks exactly like a classic encounter, but instead of Pokémon being thrown in to fight, the pieces have to clash. Players have a side menu with options to fight, run, access a bag, or view other Pokémon, but only the “fight” option is considered usable in the video. Coins hit or block, lowering an HP bar in each corner of the screen.


See the original post on Reddit here.

The inclusion of Pokemon in-game combat mechanics like chess could inspire other casual developers to use similar mechanics in other projects. A Pokemon battle could be used as a minigame in games like Minesweeper, where a bomb explosion leads to a humorous showdown between a gamer and an angry bomb sprite. It can also be added to a Tetris, with some colors lined up leading to a side battle between the block types. These could give bonus points if the player wins, or perhaps end the game if they lose.

It might also be interesting to see a Gigantamax shape of a chess pawn in this fun minigame. The creator could design a 2D Gigantamax sprite for a king, queen, or knight piece, making them look over the top and have a fun new move like hitting or conquering. The inclusion of these Pokemon Mechanics makes a simple development project that is not only fun but also humorous to share with friends and other gamers online.


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Containing Georgia star TE Brock Bowers will be Michigan’s ‘game of chess’ https://tromsosjakklubb.com/containing-georgia-star-te-brock-bowers-will-be-michigans-game-of-chess/ Tue, 28 Dec 2021 21:17:00 +0000 https://tromsosjakklubb.com/containing-georgia-star-te-brock-bowers-will-be-michigans-game-of-chess/ DANIA BEACH, Fla .– The Michigan soccer team have faced their fair share of talented pass catchers this season, most recently against the dynamic Ohio State receiving trio of Chris Olave, Garrett Wilson and Jaxon Smith-Njigba . But none had the combination of size and speed like Georgia first-year tight end Brock Bowers. The 6-foot-4, […]]]>


DANIA BEACH, Fla .– The Michigan soccer team have faced their fair share of talented pass catchers this season, most recently against the dynamic Ohio State receiving trio of Chris Olave, Garrett Wilson and Jaxon Smith-Njigba .

But none had the combination of size and speed like Georgia first-year tight end Brock Bowers. The 6-foot-4, 230-pound All-American has been a mismatch for opponents all season, leading the team by a wide margin in receptions (47), receiving yards (791) and touchdowns (11 ).

Bowers will get a lot of Wolverines attention when the two teams face off in the Orange Bowl on Friday in South Florida.

“Brock is a hell of a player, man,” Michigan defensive coordinator Mike Macdonald said Tuesday. “He’s really dynamic. What they do with him is he really plays all positions. He will play the Z, the Y, the X, the move guy, the down guy. They will give it to him on backhands, screens. It is quite impressive. A tribute to their coaching staff for putting him in positions to affect the game.

“The difference between a tight end and a catcher is that a catcher, you can build certain things to find him, where he’s at, and try to get several guys on him. Tight end, it’s a little more difficult.

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Michigan (12-1) also faced another qualifying tight end Sam LaPorta of Iowa in the Big Ten Championship game. The Wolverines won 42-3, but the 6-foot-4, 249-pounder led the Hawkeyes with six catches for 62 yards.

However, the Bulldogs (12-1) have more weapons around Bowers than Iowa with LaPorta. Receiver Greg Pickens is back in good health and gives quarterback Stetson Bennett a reliable 6-3 / 4 outside target. They also have a formidable running back duo in James Cook and Zamir White.

Georgia are also not afraid to use 13 staffs (one running back, three tight ends). He has two effective blocking tight ends in 6-foot-7, 265-pound Darnell Washington and 6-foot-7, 250-pound John FitzPatrick, allowing offensive coordinator Todd Monken to move Bowers.

“They have very talented guys at every level, guys who can really hurt you at any point in the game,” Macdonald said. “The stress points in our areas and when we play man-to-man, when we put the pressure on, when we don’t, it’s going to be kind of an interesting game of chess throughout the game.”

Bennett said it didn’t take long for him to realize that Bowers was a special talent. The four-star California prospect made six catches, a team-high, in his debut against Clemson and has been at the midpoint of the Georgia offense. He just won his best game of the year, catching 10 passes for 139 yards and one score in the Southeastern Conference Championship loss to Alabama.

“There were a few times he trained in the summer, and we had these boxes of plio, and you would see him jumping up there,” Bennett said. “But you don’t know if he’s just a weird athlete and (if) he’ll be able to handle things quickly enough to play this year. Then over time you see that he’s an abnormal athlete and can process things pretty quickly as well.

“Everyone we recruit into the specialist positions is athletic and talented enough to do what he’s done. I think where he shines the most is how slowly the game goes for him and how smart he is in football.

Macdonald will be tasked with formulating a game plan to try and slow down Bowers, who ran a verified 4.55-second 40-yard sprint in high school and posted a 40-inch vertical. Defensive backs aren’t usually big enough to cover it one-on-one, while linebackers aren’t usually fast enough.

“Right away you can see this guy is different,” Monken said on Monday. “He only knows this way of working. All he did every day was work hard. He will continue to develop his skills. It probably has more reach than you might think. We knew he had the ability to run after catch. We saw it on tape. They used him in the backfield when he got out of high school, but he’s got a bit more range than we thought, and he continued to develop as a road runner. But he works terribly hard at his craft. It is important to him. He doesn’t say much, he just works.

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