What a great day of chess artistry it was. The Regional Hassra Chess Tournament took on a whole new persona with new and old players sizing each other up like gladiators from bygone Roman times. Eight chess mad enthusiasts all vying for a place on the podium. I too checked out my competition and stalked the room searching for some kind of divine intervention that would help me put on a half decent show.
Fun to see our Lola enjoying herself on this splendid day. I often think about her sibling Charlie who passed away a few years since. They were so close and really enjoyed each others company. It was great to watch them challenging themselves to see who could climb the highest trees or win out in play fighting.
When I received my package in April, I was so pleased…It was my Kasparov Sensor chess (KSC) wow. This is the machine I had when I first started playing chess as I didn’t have any chess stuff to work with or anyone to spar with back in the day, just my KSC to test my skills with. I didn’t really know about joining chess clubs or anything like that so I just played on my KSC for ages and ages and ages. It gave me an understanding of how to use the pieces and that kind of stuff, relentlessly kicking my butt on many occasion. So I’ve gone full circle and challenged my chess teacher one more time to see if I have indeed developed a little from those challenging rookie days.
Quick guide to making moves in chess
- Open like a nervy field mouse – suspicious of everything in the 1st 2nd 3rd moves
- Mid game like a Lion searching for grub
- End game like a magician
Firstly I must apologise to the Magic Circle for butchering their wonderful craft, but I thought I would capture some of my favourite tricks for my 2017 calendar.