game chess – Tromso Sjakklubb http://tromsosjakklubb.com/ Fri, 11 Mar 2022 00:02:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://tromsosjakklubb.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/icon-16.png game chess – Tromso Sjakklubb http://tromsosjakklubb.com/ 32 32 Addressing Teen Violence in the ATL: Orrin “Checkmate” Hudson to Offer Free Life Skills Workshop on April 3 – On Common Ground News https://tromsosjakklubb.com/addressing-teen-violence-in-the-atl-orrin-checkmate-hudson-to-offer-free-life-skills-workshop-on-april-3-on-common-ground-news/ Fri, 11 Mar 2022 00:02:01 +0000 https://tromsosjakklubb.com/addressing-teen-violence-in-the-atl-orrin-checkmate-hudson-to-offer-free-life-skills-workshop-on-april-3-on-common-ground-news/ STONE MOUNTAIN, GA – A series of headlines have erupted across the Atlanta metro area over the past few weeks, providing a disturbing pattern involving teenagers in the Atlanta metro area: “16-Year-Old Boy Killed, 2 Other Teenagers Shot Near Atlanta Fair” ‘Teen arrested for murder after police say he shot 9-year-old child’ “5 Shots, 1 […]]]>

STONE MOUNTAIN, GA – A series of headlines have erupted across the Atlanta metro area over the past few weeks, providing a disturbing pattern involving teenagers in the Atlanta metro area:

“16-Year-Old Boy Killed, 2 Other Teenagers Shot Near Atlanta Fair”

‘Teen arrested for murder after police say he shot 9-year-old child’

“5 Shots, 1 Stabbed, Teenager Killed in Separate Violent Incidents in Atlanta Overnight”

5 Teens Arrested After Shooting, Armed Carjacking, Atlanta Metro Police Chase

’16-year-old charged after car dealership security guard was shot and killed’

Orrin Hudson, founder and executive director of the nonprofit Be Someone, said such senseless violence not only shatters the lives of victims, but also those of perpetrators and their families. The community, Hudson said, must collectively stand up and end the violence by doing more to reach young people.

On April 3, from 3-6 p.m., Hudson is hosting a free life skills workshop aimed at helping young people make positive decisions at school, at home, and in the community. The leadership workshop, to be held at the Be Someone Stone Mountain Training Center in Hudson, takes place on National Good Deeds Day and is dedicated to remembering those whose lives have been touched by the recent teen violence in metro Atlanta, Hudson said.

“I encourage parents to bring their children to the event. I’m going to show them how to make the right moves in chess,” Hudson said. “We will be giving away free T-shirts while supplies last and free food. We’re going to have fun while generating positive energy.

Hudson has changed the lives of young people since he began his Be Someone mentorship program for over two decades. He says he clearly understands the stress young people have faced, especially over the past two years

“COVID-19 restrictions and related issues have changed all of our lives, but that’s no excuse for turning to crime and other avenues of personal destruction,” Hudson said.

Hudson, a former gang member, turned to a productive life that included service in the US Air Force and Alabama State Trooper after a teacher stepped in and taught him the game of chess. Hudson has since dedicated his life to teaching young people and many children at risk in their lives. He teaches them that there are consequences to their actions and to “think about it, don’t shoot it”.

“Good people need to stand up and make things happen when bad things happen,” Hudson emphasized, “and that time has come.” We as a community cannot sit back and anticipate the next horrible

Free Community Workshop: Positive Energy (PE)

When: Sunday, April 3

Time: 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Address: Be Someone Training Facility, 949 Stephenson Road, Stone Mountain

All ages are invited

To register for the free event, email your name and contact information to info@besomeone.org.



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Guest Comment: Autocracy vs. Democracy: The Chess Game of History https://tromsosjakklubb.com/guest-comment-autocracy-vs-democracy-the-chess-game-of-history/ Tue, 08 Mar 2022 12:11:18 +0000 https://tromsosjakklubb.com/guest-comment-autocracy-vs-democracy-the-chess-game-of-history/ 08/03/2022 By Mark Dixon Russia is determined to smash a democratic nation and democracy itself. He’s approaching our king, so our next move is critical. Autocracy is playing a game of chess against democracy, but it’s not a fair game. Autocracy has a queen, fearless and dangerous, but no […]]]>





08/03/2022

By Mark Dixon

Russia is determined to smash a democratic nation and democracy itself. He’s approaching our king, so our next move is critical.

Autocracy is playing a game of chess against democracy, but it’s not a fair game.

Autocracy has a queen, fearless and dangerous, but no king. Thus, he has nothing to protect except his own evil and his ego. The entire free world, on the other hand, has no queen. He has a sick king called Democracy who needs protection but doesn’t have many teeth left in his face. The king has a bunch of knights, bishops and castles running around the board who are no match for the queen of autocracy unless they wake up, to sychronize perfectly and cope with what they are facing. And quick.

Democracy has broken down in recent decades, going so far as to elect undemocratic and autocratic leaders, and suffers from a severe case of self-doubt. If the free world operated in a vacuum, these things might correct themselves over time, but unfortunately, we live in a world with evil actors, and in real time.

Democracy proved weaker than autocracy despite the economic and moral advantage and great military strength. The problem is that democracy doesn’t really care about its survival. He lost his mojo.

Dictators, on the other hand, really, really care about beating the free world, for their popularity or their reason for‘to be – or for their very survival, with the will of a cornered rat. These sources of determination give dictators the mojo advantage.

Meanwhile, the downsides of dictators are often so extreme that they can take risky actions that we cannot. There aren’t many worse scenarios than being tried for genocide and locked up. A dictator can hardly retire and cycle home. This ability to take risk is essential in any bluff battle, and to take the consequences if the bluff is called.

On top of that, not being required to win votes or listen to dissent means they have the advantage of who they are – to dictate. The irrelevance of elections allows them to play a 20-year game of choosing the right time to invade a country, while the intermittent nature of democratic governments interrupts our attempts to play the long game.

Autocracies have specific anti-democratic goals on the other side of the chessboard. Putin coveted Ukraine for his ego and satisfaction, ignoring the will of Ukrainians; while China waits for the right moment to pounce on Taiwan, with no regard for the Taiwanese.

The result of this drive, risk tolerance and time horizon is that the queen of autocracy can make a lot of moves that we can’t. We should not think that a power that we theoretically wield is superior to a lesser power that a dictator is less afraid to wield.

Add to the equation that we let the other side continue to play while we weren’t looking at the board. The autocracy has armed itself militarily and economically. China, the other great queen of autocracy, has been quietly building its strength for decades while trying not to show its true teeth and agenda.

So, as time went on, the devil gathered strength and made us more and more his economic partner. This is the main argument against China’s sanction, but with each decade our dependence has only grown. Inaction is self-fulfilling, which should have been obvious from the start.

Our sanctions should not be used to negotiate or set an example – because it is naive to dream that dictators can be reformed – nor to punish, but to economically and permanently destroy autocracy to change the balance of power between nothing less than good and evil. The West must think as long-term as the Chinese queen. Specifically, it means being bold enough to cut the Russian and Chinese economies from ours at the root, and not reconnecting them if they fall back to “evil -1”. Because a dictator is a dictator.

The invasion of Ukraine is a wake-up call that the free world is losing the chess battle for freedom and will eventually lose the war for freedom itself if we don’t take the risk of not playing the game for real.

If we are unwilling to make significant economic sacrifices, we will lose a future we wrongly counted on, just like global warming. We are facing a parallel crisis of evaporation of global freedom which, likewise, has its point of no return.

Therefore, we have to suffer to avoid more suffering. This is the only way to change the direction of the game.

In practice, this means that we must be ready, indeed very willing, for the chessboard to split into two – the free world and the unfree world – each with its own economic system and each behind its nuclear lines. The world is already divided into essence, even though we cannot see it. Putin and Xi rejoice in their clarity and count their lucky stars for each day we remain in the fog.

We need to unplug the wealth that fuels the trajectory of autocracy, because the economic damage for us is still thankfully far less than for it. These are the pawns that we have to sacrifice in the game.

Conversely, if we feed the autocracy a single drop of trade or a single crumb of investment, we are only feeding its queen to grow stronger.

The invasion of Ukraine is not just a call to action to help Ukrainians. If we fail to prove our resolve to Putin and Xi who will be the next queen to show her real teeth, history will show that’s when democracy didn’t show up for the game. failures in his life.

The only way for our knights, bishops and castles to defend our king of freedom against a heartless and soulless enemy is to eliminate their queen from the board. If the free world doesn’t play to win, it doesn’t really want to be a free world.

Mark Dixon founded and manages the mergers & acquisitions firms ThinkingLinking.com and the1.com. He is co-founder of the online financial commentatorBreakingViews.comwhich is now part of Thomson Reutersand the founder of Fair Market Economy Institute based on his socio-economic theory, “the fair market economy”.page break


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Ukrainian army of chess players take up arms to subdue Putin’s forces https://tromsosjakklubb.com/ukrainian-army-of-chess-players-take-up-arms-to-subdue-putins-forces/ Sat, 05 Mar 2022 06:33:28 +0000 https://tromsosjakklubb.com/ukrainian-army-of-chess-players-take-up-arms-to-subdue-putins-forces/ Bobby Fischer believed that every game of chess was a war on the board. The American went to war against Russia and triumphed by defeating one of its best grandmasters, Boris Spassky, for the World Chess Championship in 1972. Fifty years later, a battery of Ukrainian chess players is waging war. Only their war is […]]]>

Bobby Fischer believed that every game of chess was a war on the board. The American went to war against Russia and triumphed by defeating one of its best grandmasters, Boris Spassky, for the World Chess Championship in 1972.

Fifty years later, a battery of Ukrainian chess players is waging war. Only their war is more real. They too are facing the Russians, but not overboard.

Ukrainian chess players are resisting Vladimir Putin’s continued invasion of their country. Some have taken up arms to defend their homeland.

Grandmaster and captain of the Ukrainian national team, Oleksander Sulypa, waits behind a trench in the western city of Lviv, holding a rifle to confront the Russian army.

“I defend my land against enemies and ‘peacekeepers’. The truth will prevail!” he posted a week ago.

GM Georgy Timoshenko. Photo: Facebook/ @juliatimoshenko


A day later, another GM Georgy Timoshenko carried a rifle into battle.

“Yura (Georgy) went to defend the capital (Kiev) with guns in hand,” writes his partner Julia.

At 56, Timoshenko is probably the oldest professional chess player to enter this battlefield.

Aspiring Indian players may remember him as an unassuming grandfather coach, who ran chess camps in Odisha, Gujarat and several other Indian cities a few years ago.

GM Natalia Zhukova

GM Natalia Zhukova with Ukrainian fighters in Odessa. Photo: Facebook/ @nataliazhukova


Meanwhile, former European champion Natalia Zhukova proudly attends the city of Odessa in the southeast of the country, where she is now a member of the city council.

“From morning to evening, with like-minded people, we search for all the necessary things, medicines, etc. Zhukova wrote on Facebook.

General Manager Pavel Eljanov reported that General Manager Igor Kovalenko “actively volunteers in Kyiv and helps his brothers who have taken up arms”.

An unshaven and gloomy Kovalenko was last heard asking for help on his YouTube channel.

Eljanov, currently Ukraine’s second-best active player, posted on Facebook that his family was in Khrakiv, an eastern city closer to Russia that was ravaged by the onslaught.

He would be safe somewhere.

Teenage sensation Kirill Shevchenko, from Kyiv, is also hopefully not in danger.

He has been busy on social networks to inform the world of the tragic situation prevailing in his country.

Former world champion Anna Muzychuk has reached out to the chess community, especially her colleagues from Russia and Belarus, asking them to explain their position.

The Ukrainian Chess Federation documented the war from the perspective of its members. The other day he mentioned a war casualty.

“On March 2, 2022, after serious injuries caused by the Russian occupiers, FIDE arbiter and children’s coach Oleksiy Valentynovych Druzhynets died (Tokmak, Zaporizhia Oblast, January 3, 1975 – March 2, 2022),” the report said. federation.

Almost all but one of the Ukrainian players took the cudgel from the Russian attacks in one way or another.

The strange, Super GM Sergey Karjakin has been isolated, not only by Ukrainian players but by the peaceful international chess community as a whole.

What did you write? What do you advocate? asked a shocked Zhukova, after Karjakin rallied to Vladimir Putin.

Karjakin, a former world No. 4, wrote: “I express to you, our Commander-in-Chief, my full support in the interest of Russia, our multinational Russian people, the elimination of threats and the establishment of the peace !”

Ukraine is the country where Karjakin was born, learned to play chess and his family still lives.

After representing his native country throughout his teenage years, Karjakin, now 32, moved to Russia.

He has since become a strong supporter of Putin.

While Karjakin awaits the verdict of the FIDE Ethics Committee, Ukrainian chess players remain on the front line.

Because, as former world champion Garry Kasparov said, condemning the Russian invasion: “It’s not a game of chess. There’s no draw, no stalemate. “

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“First move in the chess game between Eastern and Western capitalism” – Medya News https://tromsosjakklubb.com/first-move-in-the-chess-game-between-eastern-and-western-capitalism-medya-news/ Fri, 04 Mar 2022 11:12:40 +0000 https://tromsosjakklubb.com/first-move-in-the-chess-game-between-eastern-and-western-capitalism-medya-news/ Selahattin Demirtaş*, the imprisoned former co-chairman of the pro-Kurdish opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), answered questions from some young journalists on a number of topics ranging from the invasion of Ukraine by the Russia to a recent statement by an opposition bloc on the “transition to a strengthened parliamentary system”. Below is Demirtaş’ response to […]]]>

Selahattin Demirtaş*, the imprisoned former co-chairman of the pro-Kurdish opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), answered questions from some young journalists on a number of topics ranging from the invasion of Ukraine by the Russia to a recent statement by an opposition bloc on the “transition to a strengthened parliamentary system”.

Below is Demirtaş’ response to a question from journalist Ahmet Ayva, who asked: “While a full-scale war has started between Russia and Ukraine, and is likely to have on Eastern Europe, the Middle East and the rest of the world, what is your assessment of the statements made by the [Turkish] political administration?

Above all, it is important, as a matter of principle, to oppose war and to cry as loud as possible for peace. It’s only ethical to oppose invasions while respecting the will of the people. Yet war, a painful and destructive part of human reality for thousands of years, continues to exist as a political instrument. War in the global capitalist-imperialist system is also one of the means of implementing brutal strategies to shape markets and deal with crises.

The “Western” world today perceives the capitalist system of China and Russia, which it calls “the East”, as a threat, and tries to limit its growth by various means. The “threat” was communism in the past, and now it is “authoritarianism.” It has been made clear for some time now that we will be transitioning during Biden’s presidency in the United States to a bipolar world, a world of “democrats” and “authoritarians.” An international conference on democracy was recently held in the United States, and it was strongly implied that the uninvited states were emphatically the authoritarians.

China, Russia and Turkey were among the non-invitees. The United States and the EU tend to act in coordination with “democratic” countries as they reshape NATO, transforming it into a more than military entity with the aim of restraining the growth of Eastern capitalism, in particular in the economic sphere. Russia and China have long been aware that they are targets and they are trying to find new breathing channels. Their economic activities have increased considerably globally and particularly in Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

The control that these two great military powers have over a significant portion of the world’s energy sources as well as human labor, and the level of their capitalist power beginning to win out over Western capitalism in economic terms, has begun to force the West to act in unison. and take steps to limit eastern expansion.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is the first major blow to the very heart of Europe in this great game of chess, played on a global scale. This is the first step in a series of demonstrations of power that will lead to essential changes. Pain and suffering, on the other hand, fall in full force on the oppressed. We are meant to view this war game through the perspective of the oppressed and exploited. We should say that another world is possible as an alternative to capitalism and imperialism, and engage in efforts to make more visible the left perspective which is based on radical democracy, civil rights, labor rights , the rights of different social identities and beliefs, and women’s equality.

In an attempt to deal with the crisis it faces domestically and internationally, the AKP administration [Justice and Development Party] and MHP [Nationalist Movement Party] pursues a pragmatic and unprincipled policy aimed at profiting from the spoils of war.

We, on the contrary, should focus on getting through this process unscathed and should seek victory by defending peace, making the goal of democratic administration a real alternative, supporting workers’ resistance and uniting this resistance with the dynamic struggle for freedom of the Kurdish people.

* Former HDP co-chairs Selehattin Demirtaş and Figen Yüksekdağ have been incarcerated since November 2016, when their parliamentary immunities were lifted and they were arrested. Demirtaş is kept in prison despite a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights that he is imprisoned for political reasons and should be released immediately.

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Auston Matthews breaks ‘chess game’ in win over Wild – The Athletic https://tromsosjakklubb.com/auston-matthews-breaks-chess-game-in-win-over-wild-the-athletic/ Fri, 25 Feb 2022 05:03:32 +0000 https://tromsosjakklubb.com/auston-matthews-breaks-chess-game-in-win-over-wild-the-athletic/ Auston Matthews has a way of cutting the jokes and saying what many are already thinking, which he did at the second intermission. “It feels like a game of chess,” Matthews told TSN’s Mark Masters, politely summing up how well-executed defensive performances by the Maple Leafs and the Minnesota Wild resulted in a tense game […]]]>

Auston Matthews has a way of cutting the jokes and saying what many are already thinking, which he did at the second intermission.

“It feels like a game of chess,” Matthews told TSN’s Mark Masters, politely summing up how well-executed defensive performances by the Maple Leafs and the Minnesota Wild resulted in a tense game that didn’t go unnoticed. always been the easiest to watch.

But the Leafs center could say things like that because it was Matthews who opened the hotly contested affair with two goals that ended up being the difference in the Leafs’ 3-1 win over the Wild. In doing so, Matthews resumed the Rocket Richard Trophy chase with his 36th goal in 48 games and helped the Leafs snap a three-game losing streak.

“When you’re playing against teams with a really good structure, I think it’s just important not to get frustrated and to stay patient because it’s a long game and it’s not because you don’t get results. “Chances in the first half that you’re not going to have them later in the game when we really wear them down (defense),” Matthews said. “I think we’ve done a really good job of being patient with that. “

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Auston Matthews

When I saw Matthews get back to the right spot in his own end and use his great stick work to get the pucks out and help the Leafs get back on offense time and time again, all I could say was:

Now, obviously it would have been advantageous for the Leafs to have him put a stick on the puck while

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Ernest Levert Jr. finds a home for the Cooperative Chess Cultural Center https://tromsosjakklubb.com/ernest-levert-jr-finds-a-home-for-the-cooperative-chess-cultural-center/ Wed, 23 Feb 2022 20:33:54 +0000 https://tromsosjakklubb.com/ernest-levert-jr-finds-a-home-for-the-cooperative-chess-cultural-center/ November 28, 2021 was one of the best days yet for Ernest Levert Jr. Olde Towne East’s bi-weekly Chess Rallies at Upper Cup Coffee on Parsons Avenue. After meeting regularly from 3-6 p.m. on the second and fourth Sundays of every month for about six months, more than 30 people came to the event on […]]]>

November 28, 2021 was one of the best days yet for Ernest Levert Jr. Olde Towne East’s bi-weekly Chess Rallies at Upper Cup Coffee on Parsons Avenue. After meeting regularly from 3-6 p.m. on the second and fourth Sundays of every month for about six months, more than 30 people came to the event on the last Sunday in November. A chessboard topped each table in the shop.

With so many people crammed into a small space during an ongoing pandemic, Levert’s anxiety surfaced, so he stepped out into the cold to greet people in an effort to keep people from congregating inside the store. Sitting at a table on the sidewalk, Levert looked across the street and noticed a sign outside an old tattoo shop. The space was available. A place like this, right across from the Upper Cup, could not only be an overflow room for chess events; it could be a community gathering space and the future home of a chess training center.

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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.

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Denis Villeneuve calls Dune 2 a ‘game of chess’, reveals new character details and more https://tromsosjakklubb.com/denis-villeneuve-calls-dune-2-a-game-of-chess-reveals-new-character-details-and-more/ Fri, 18 Feb 2022 14:13:17 +0000 https://tromsosjakklubb.com/denis-villeneuve-calls-dune-2-a-game-of-chess-reveals-new-character-details-and-more/ Unlike David Lynch with the years 1984 Dunes, Denis Villeneuve adapted only the first half of the science fiction novel written by Frank Herbert for its film adaptation. Thus, in the months leading up to the new Dunes the film’s release last year, there were concerns about whether the second half would be chronicled. Fortunately […]]]>

Unlike David Lynch with the years 1984 Dunes, Denis Villeneuve adapted only the first half of the science fiction novel written by Frank Herbert for its film adaptation. Thus, in the months leading up to the new Dunes the film’s release last year, there were concerns about whether the second half would be chronicled. Fortunately for Villeneuve, Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures greenlit Dunes 2but don’t think he’s taking the prospect of putting the sequel down lightly.

During the making of DunesDenis Villeneuve was strategic with the elements he would use in the first movie and save for the official title Dune: part two. With the first Dunes film behind him, Villeneuve is finally free to expand the focus of the sequel beyond Paul Atreides and those close to him, which is especially good news for fans interested in House Harkonnen. In the words of the filmmaker:

It’s like a game of chess. New characters will be introduced in Part 2 and a decision I made early on was that Part 1 would be more about Paul Atreides and the Bene Gesserit, and his experience of being in contact with a different culture for the first time. . Part two, there will be a lot more Harkonnen stuff.

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Marnus Labuschagne recalls battle with R Ashwin in 2021 Australian Test series https://tromsosjakklubb.com/marnus-labuschagne-recalls-battle-with-r-ashwin-in-2021-australian-test-series/ Fri, 11 Feb 2022 08:00:00 +0000 https://tromsosjakklubb.com/marnus-labuschagne-recalls-battle-with-r-ashwin-in-2021-australian-test-series/ Australian star batting Marnus Labuschagne has praised Indian non-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin while recalling his duel with him at the 2020-21 Border-Gavaskar Trophy. Labuschagne, the number one ranked Test hitter, praised the veteran off-spinner and said Ashwin is very good at evaluating hitters. Archive image of Marnus Labuschagne. PA The four-game Test series was won by […]]]>

Australian star batting Marnus Labuschagne has praised Indian non-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin while recalling his duel with him at the 2020-21 Border-Gavaskar Trophy.

Labuschagne, the number one ranked Test hitter, praised the veteran off-spinner and said Ashwin is very good at evaluating hitters.

Archive image of Marnus Labuschagne. PA

The four-game Test series was won by India 2-1. Ashwin’s performance in the series was the highlight as he notched 12 wickets in the three games he was a part of and also fired Labuschagne twice, leading India to a second consecutive Test series victory Down Under .

Recalling his confrontation with Ashwin, Labuschagne said sports star that he enjoyed taking on the Indian off-spinner on the show. He felt that Ashwin had the ability to handle his opposition well and their battle was almost like a game of chess.

“What I loved the most about Ashwin was the pitches he had for me and the way I was trying to move the pitch in my effort to score points. Just the way we both been able to cut and change in the middle of a gripping pass,” the right-handed hitter said.

Labuschagne mentioned that since Ashwin took over some vital aspects of his stick, he had to constantly adapt on the court to stay in the game. This spurred Labuschagne to play better, and he found the game engrossing.

Labuschagne also praised Ashwin’s batting performance in the 2nd Test held in Melbourne, won by India.

However, he was quick to add that he and Steve Smith played Ashwin well in the 3rd Test in Sydney, which was a draw.

Recalling his performance during the series, Labuschagne said the change in venue and conditions also affected his performance during the game. He said Ashwin knocked him out in the second inning. The off-spinner first got Labuschagne out on the first slip-out of the wicket turn, then kicked the undercutter. The Aussie hitter mentioned that some shots are harder to play in certain conditions and sometimes shots aren’t negotiated on the pitch due to the venue.

Recently, Indian off-spinner Ashwin revealed in an interview with Monthly Cricket that he’s always been good at judging hitters and now has mastered the art taking it to another level. He had also mentioned how he had observed the stick of Labuschagne and noted certain clues. Ashwin had said the world’s No. 1 hitter in the Test would come out and hit the ball over the cow’s corner against an off-spinner, or could also hit it in the middle. Ashwin had seen a number of streaks of the Aussie hitter picking up his hitting style to plan his moves.

The Australian team will tour India in 2023 to play 4 Tests, 3 ODIs and as many T20Is. There are also plans to do some sub-continental tours later this year. Labuschagne has some new tricks up his sleeve and hopes he gets the chance to challenge himself on these sub-continental tours before touring India.

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