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What IS Chess?!

Chess is a two-player sport[1][2] played on a chessboard, a checkered gameboard with 64 squares arranged in an eight-by-eight grid. Chess is played by millions of people worldwide in homes, urban parksclubsonline,correspondence, and in tournaments. In recent years, chess has become part of some school curricula.

Each player begins the game with 16 pieces: one king, one queen, two rooks, two knights, two bishops, and eight pawns. Each of the six piece types moves differently. The most powerful piece is the queen and the least powerful piece is the pawn. The objective is to ‘checkmate‘ the opponent’s king by placing it under an inescapable threat of capture. To this end, a player’s pieces are used to attack and capture the opponent’s pieces, while supporting their own. In addition to checkmate, the game can be won by voluntary resignation by the opponent, which typically occurs when too much material is lost, or if checkmate appears unavoidable. A game may also result in a draw in several ways.

Chess is believed to have originated in India, some time before the 7th century; the Indian game of chaturanga is also the likely ancestor of xiangqi and shogi. The pieces took on their current powers in Spain in the late 15th century; the rules were finally standardized in the 19th century. The first generally recognized World Chess ChampionWilhelm Steinitz, claimed his title in 1886.

The current World Champion is the Norwegian Magnus Carlsen. The World Championship is now controlled by FIDE, the game’s international governing body. FIDE also organizes the Women’s World Championship, theWorld Junior Championship, the World Senior Championship the Blitz and Rapid World Championships and the Chess Olympiad, a popular competition among teams from different nations. There is also aCorrespondence Chess World Championship and a World Computer Chess Championship. Chess is a recognized sport of the International Olympic Committee.

Online chess has opened amateur and professional competition to a wide and varied group of players. There are also many chess variants, with different rules, different pieces, and different boards.

Since the second half of the 20th century, computers have been programmed to play chess with increasing success, to the point where the strongest home computers play chess at a higher level than the best human players. Since the 1990s, computer analysis has contributed significantly to chess theory, particularly in the endgame. The computer Deep Blue was the first machine to overcome a reigning World Chess Champion in a match when it defeated Garry Kasparov in 1997.

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Wallasey 3 vs. Wallasey 1………..3 – 2!!!!

wallasey moved to second place in merseyside division 1 after a great display against Aigburth 2. brilliant wins by Phil Brine, Mark Spriggs and Tony Roberts were the icing on the cake, but major credit also goes to those who soaked up the pressure at the top. we are in the first division by merit, and challenging for honours. well done heroes all!

06.11.15

great result for Wallasey 3 who earned a fighting draw against rising junior stars of Chester D. this may mean the 3’s stay in division 1 for yet another year!

08.12.15. Chester  vs.  Wallasey Wirral K.O  5 – 2

No heroics this year from plucky Wallasey unfortunately. we were heavily outgraded on every board, and missing 3 top players. even so none of the Chester victories were straightforward and tactics and pressure took their toll in the endgames. Captain leon wolszczak was first to finish in a boring draw, resulting from his poor opening…as ever! Greg Hughes position collapsed in the endgame, as did Jeff Povall, when both looked to be holding their own. Steve Lee seemed to have a rock solid defence but a weak spot was winkled out resulting in a dominant mate. Mike Coffey was sure he could claim a draw under the two minute rule, but this was unlikely as his opponent was actually making progress…clearly demonstrated by Mike’s computer next day, so he conceded! Mike O’Mahoney’s game was over at least a half hour before a draw was agreed as neither player could make headway.

although all the players were fantastic in the face of such strength Phil Brine was take the accolades as the only winner, and in such emphatic style. he put together a devastating and strong attack, sacrificing pawns for position, resulting in his opponent losing queen for rook. the end was tricky but Phil took no prisoners. ah well, gird our loins for the leagues.

 

well played lads!

Leon