Different Types Of Chess Sets For Fun And Study

A really effective method of teaching your kids, and yourself, the essentials of life is through playing board games. Chess is an enjoyable, convenient way of learning and improving social skills and mental abilities, it’s a game that’s been recommended for children above 6 for its educational value and has been proven to develop mathematical and reading proficiency, eye coordination and even enable people to focus and express themselves more freely.

There are 2 ways you can buy chess sets, either acquire the board and pieces separately, or buy them together as a package. There are so many kinds of sets out there that you really need some kind of idea what it is you want with regards to size, budget, weight if it’s for travel purposes, and decoration.

Here are some ideas as to what options you have when looking for that perfect chess board for you and your family to enjoy for many years to come.

Travel Chess Sets are handy for trips abroad whether they are for holidays or business trips as they are light and are designed to fold up and be packed away. Some travel boards are magnetic so the game can be played in a moving car or aeroplane. The cases can be secured safely and are fitted out so each piece is positioned in its own space by foam and flocked cutouts.

Themed chess sets can be fun and there are all sorts available. As the game involves a fight between opponents, a lot of the ideas for themed sets include armies and knights and famous historical clash’s that have occurred over the centuries. Also popular are myths and legends, novels and films and anything else that can be sorted into goodies and the baddies. Check out the Battle of Waterloo Chess Set in Briarwood complete with a miniature Napoleon and intricate carved details, a great way for kids to learn about their countries history too!

The Lord of the Rings set is amazing where the characters are based on the second film of the trilogy, The Fellowship of the Ring. Amongst the white pieces you’ll recognize the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Frodo and Samwise, Gimli, Aragon and some of the Hobbits, whilst opposing them in black are the sinister and wicked characters of Saruman, Ringwraithes, and Lurtz, in addition to a range of orcs.

The tale of Robin Hood and the Nottingham forest of Sherwood is always a favourite with children and adults alike, and the chess sets popular too with their detailed characters of Friar Tuck, Robin Hood, and Little John all painted in bright greens and reds. Wooden backgammon sets are guaranteed to last for years and particularly sturdy if you have young children who like to play.

When most of us think about playing chess we associate it as being inside in the quiet, but why should this be? With summer fast approaching a garden chess set is heaps of fun as they’re designed to be durable, so the adults will enjoy playing and the kids will love the huge chess piece sizes of the figures and brightly checked squares. This is a great way to get people interested in learning how to play and they are made from materials that are waterproof and strong. Get some sun on your face this year whilst still enjoying a game of playing chess.

With all the sophisticated technology around these days, mobile phones, iPads, and video games it can be difficult to actually have any human interaction, particularly with your kids! This is where board games can save the day, buy a couple this weekend and challenge your youngsters and see what fun you have.

Rambis went behind the Los Angeles Lakers for Jackson istant to support the German rocket handsom

Rambis went behind the Los Angeles Lakers for Jackson istant: to support the German commander on July 30, according to OHF reports, the Lakers announced that Cote – Rambis and Johnny – Davis joined as an istant coach coaching . Rambis interview, said he joined the Lakers coaching staff got the Zen Master Phil – Jackson behind while Rambis seems that he is in support of joining the Lakers coach Mike D Antoni. This is not the first time Rambis served as a Lakers istant coach job after he has served. In the age of the players, Rambis has won four championship rings, then in coaching and management staff during which he has helped the team win four championship trophy. According to Rambis said that he and Mike – Mike D Antoni has been recognized for a long time. Mike and I have realized a long time, Rambis admitted that many years ago in Phoenix, there is a basketball camp, where we are all coaches. Previously Mike asked me if interested in coaching job back, while Interested in return Lakers. Rambis ultimately chose to return to the Lakers as an istant coach. Meanwhile Rambis also said that he returned to the Lakers behavior has also been backed by former Lakers coach Phil Jackson. We have always been friends, Rambis said, We have been talking about basketball, he believes it to me, is a very good chance, but he was also very excited about this. Despite keeping with Jackson contact, but Rambis also try expressed his loyalty to D Antoni. I came here to support Mike, Rambis admitted, but that does not mean I can not talk about basketball, and others I do not think anyone can know everything about basketball, in my opinion, whether you What level of coaching is, as long as you talk to different people and more things about basketball, especially successful people, you will benefit from clouds rocket ten games in the future: the impact by fighting in eastern competing highway Clippers Thunder Rockets Lin wins Timberwolves point jumper Record survey data hot shooting March 21, NBA regular season continues, the rocket sits at home against Minnesota, after four fight, eventually 129-106 win. campaign after two straight rocket celebrate also made a 10-game winning streak at home in this game after the Rockets will face a short schedule with relative ease, away fighting knights, Charlotte, home to 76 people are not fighting it is very difficult, however, in March of last home game against the Clippers definitely a challenge, but also will affect the team s regular season qualifying tournament. followed by back to back qualifying competition for the eastern war Nets and Toronto Raptors will not be easy. return home after the war Thunder is an arduous struggle, Westbrook and Beverly perhaps sparks. then the Nuggets two games home and away, across one among the Lakers, is fairly flat zone before the final sprint. these ten games for the Rockets in the future Schedule: Date Time Away Home 2014-03-23

Rambis went behind the Los Angeles Lakers for Jackson istant to support the German rocket handsom

Rambis went behind the Los Angeles Lakers for Jackson istant: to support the German commander on July 30, according to OHF reports, the Lakers announced that Cote – Rambis and Johnny – Davis joined as an istant coach coaching . Rambis interview, said he joined the Lakers coaching staff got the Zen Master Phil – Jackson behind while Rambis seems that he is in support of joining the Lakers coach Mike D Antoni. This is not the first time Rambis served as a Lakers istant coach job after he has served. In the age of the players, Rambis has won four championship rings, then in coaching and management staff during which he has helped the team win four championship trophy. According to Rambis said that he and Mike – Mike D Antoni has been recognized for a long time. Mike and I have realized a long time, Rambis admitted that many years ago in Phoenix, there is a basketball camp, where we are all coaches. Previously Mike asked me if interested in coaching job back, while Interested in return Lakers. Rambis ultimately chose to return to the Lakers as an istant coach. Meanwhile Rambis also said that he returned to the Lakers behavior has also been backed by former Lakers coach Phil Jackson. We have always been friends, Rambis said, We have been talking about basketball, he believes it to me, is a very good chance, but he was also very excited about this. Despite keeping with Jackson contact, but Rambis also try expressed his loyalty to D Antoni. I came here to support Mike, Rambis admitted, but that does not mean I can not talk about basketball, and others I do not think anyone can know everything about basketball, in my opinion, whether you What level of coaching is, as long as you talk to different people and more things about basketball, especially successful people, you will benefit from clouds rocket ten games in the future: the impact by fighting in eastern competing highway Clippers Thunder Rockets Lin wins Timberwolves point jumper Record survey data hot shooting March 21, NBA regular season continues, the rocket sits at home against Minnesota, after four fight, eventually 129-106 win. campaign after two straight rocket celebrate also made a 10-game winning streak at home in this game after the Rockets will face a short schedule with relative ease, away fighting knights, Charlotte, home to 76 people are not fighting it is very difficult, however, in March of last home game against the Clippers definitely a challenge, but also will affect the team s regular season qualifying tournament. followed by back to back qualifying competition for the eastern war Nets and Toronto Raptors will not be easy. return home after the war Thunder is an arduous struggle, Westbrook and Beverly perhaps sparks. then the Nuggets two games home and away, across one among the Lakers, is fairly flat zone before the final sprint. these ten games for the Rockets in the future Schedule: Date Time Away Home 2014-03-23

St Leger Stakes A British Classic

The St Leger Stakes is the final British Classic of the season and the oldest of the five races. The brainchild of former MP for Grimsby Anthony St Leger, the race was first run over two miles in September 1776 and was won by a filly named Allabaculia, owned by the Marquess of Rockingham who organised the race. Legend has it that the event was to be named “The Rockingham Stakes” after the victorious owner, but he declined, stating that St Leger had come up with the idea and so the race should carry his name.

Doncaster has always been the home of the St Leger, but five other courses have staged the race. Newmarket was the alternative venue during the First World War, when the race was run as “The September Stakes” and during the Second World War, Thirsk, Manchester, Newmarket and York all hosted the event. Scotland’s Ayr racecourse helped out in 1989 due to subsidence, whilst York helped out again in 2006 as the South Yorkshire course underwent major redevelopment.

Though the race is still run at Doncaster, these days the distance is a slightly shorter mile, six furlongs and 132 yards (2,937 metres). The St Leger is open to both colts and fillies, though not geldings, with the girls given a three pounds weight allowance. The race is often won by a late developing, classy type, with plenty of stamina, as the weather can make the ground fairly testing.

John Scott, the great nineteenth century horse trainer known as “The Wizard of the North”, trained an incredible 16 St Leger winners between 1827 and 1862, a feat which is unlikely to ever be matched. His brother Bill was a top class jockey and it is he who has ridden most winners in this race, with nine between 1821 and 1846.

The best post-war training record in the St Leger belongs to Dick Hern, responsible for six winners between 1962 and 1983. Lester Piggot is the jockey with the best post-war St Leger record, having ridden eight winners in his time, including the famous Nijinsky, who completed the Triple Crown by landing the 1970 renewal. Sadly, in more recent years, the very best of the classic generation have been campaigned elsewhere, usually aimed at the more financially beneficial Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and the like. Whether we will ever see another Triple Crown winner is debatable.

Sir Michael Stoute began training in 1972 and has won everything there is to win in Britain as a flat trainer. The St Leger though, eluded him for 34 years; 24 entrants and five runners-up, before Conduit, with Frankie Dettori in the saddle, finally broke his duck in 2008, amidst emotional scenes.

The 2010 St Leger is sponsored by Ladbrokes and will take place on Saturday 11th September.

Stages to Improve My Chess Game

Improve My Chess Game … how do I do that?

I used to play lots of chess when I was in high school. I also used to represent my school during Interschool tournaments… and lose. I have no idea why I was picked because apart from being good at the game and beating opponents at my own level, I had nothing else. I could never beat those geeks or big guns in the game.

As I played more and more and developed the feel, my skill level would drop further back, losing via careless mistakes and being easily overwhelmed by opponents even though I clearly had more experience playing, then when I started. And then when I was out of high school, I abandoned the game and when I got back to it some time in college, I was good at it again, and after some time playing, my skill level would drop again… What was I doing wrong…

Then recently, about a few months ago, I discovered that some simple concepts that I never really took into consideration seriously really could make a difference in my gameplay. Sure enough, I improved tremendously. I am currently enjoying a 15+ winning streak at chess and I am now able to beat regular guys at the free Internet chess server – something I could never do before my discovery.

I would not brag and say that I am already an expert or master, cause I still lack training and experience, and I would probably still rank very low compared to those brain-frying chessmasters out there from Russia or India, but I have really experience a vast improvement from last time. If only I had adhered to those basic chess concepts during high school, I would have won the tournament or at least finished in the top quarter…

My Basic Chess Improvement Concepts

Before I start, I would like to state that I did not create these concepts but I am using the subtitle “My Basic Chess Improvement Concepts” simply because I think there are really important, and I am suggesting to have these concepts in high priority in your head at all times during the game.

Again, as I said before, I am not a chessmaster or expert and these tips are to help newbies or rookies that are looking to improve. Now, if you are already a chessmaster or expert, there is no point reading this, as you might either already know this or have other even better strategies to beat this.

Alright. I will try to keep the explanations simple. There will be points to adhere to during all 3 stages of gameplay:

Stage 1 – Opening

An important phase of the game to play correctly, that let me improve my chess game. The concept is simple: Get your pieces out. You probably have heard this many times, and followed this rule, but still lose? Having all your bishops and knights out just to get them eaten up? Well, that’s just half of the concept.

The full concept: Get your pieces out with minimal blockage.

If you don’t get your pieces out or if they are out but cannot participate in gameplay, they are as useless as a flamethrower underwater. Always make sure your pieces are out, and they are attacking / pointing to the center (not in the center).

Attack and defense – If you are playing white, do not play defense, get your forces out until you find an opening, then attack. If you are playing black, defend until you either find an opening or your opponent is a step behind you in development, then you attack.

Pawn moves – Do not move many pawns up. There is a trick that is to use your pawns to block your opponent’s pieces. That trick maybe powerful at first glance, but once the pawn formation is broken, and you have not developed enough of your other pieces then you will be in deep trouble when your castled opponent is out and attacking. So, just move enough pawns to release all of your attack forces and that’s it. Your pawns would then be movable later on during middle or end game.

Most important – Beat your opponent in development. Get your forces out and movable (not blocked by pawns) and fast. If your opponent is wasting moves like moving his rook’s pawn in case your bishop goes up or something like that, instead of developing his bishop/knight or castling, you are one more move ahead. Wasting moves is the best way to lose.

Stage 2 – Middle Game

If you have done well in the opening, you will not have such a hard time in the middle game. So, in the middle game, all you need to do would be to find an advantage. This can be in the form of:

Material – if you are winning by 1 pawn, it’s quite enough. If you can exchange all other pieces on the board, and reduce the game to King and Pawn vs King, it’s an 80% chance you will win and 20% chance you will draw! So if you are winning by a rook or knight or better still – queen – then it’s a good sign to finish it. Exchange everything and reduce it to the smallest number possible and you will win, aka an imbalanced algebraic equation.

Position – if you have many mobile (unblocked) pieces targeting at many strategic squares, and your opponent has blocked pieces, like bishops blocked by pawns or undeveloped rooks in the corner, you can plan a strategy to either capture more pieces or aim for a checkmate.

Domination of the board – If there is a straight open file with no pawns, place your rook there to conquer it. This is also an advantage. With domination, you can aim to win material and get a number 1 advantage (mentioned above). There are killer tactics to do that, but I will not cover on that because that would be a very wide topic.

Remember, once you get an advantage, finish the game via checkmate if easily possible, or take the game to the next stage ASAP – End Game.

Stage 3 – End Game

This is no easy task. There are always 2 scenarios here:
1. You are winning
2. You are losing

It isn’t easy to find out which one. Number 1 or number 2? Ideally, if you have more pieces you will have an advantage and you would be winning. But sometimes, that is not the case. You may have a rook and your opponent may have just one bishop and a pawn, but that pawn is nearly reaching the finish line and grabbing the queen’s bathrobe at your kingdom, and your rook is trapped somewhere, and you have no way to stop the pawn… you understand what I mean?

So, during endgame, if you are winning by pieces, just try to reduce everything to your king and your forces vs enemy king and you should be winning. But be careful. Sometimes your forces aren’t enough to win, for example, a lone king and a knight can never checkmate another king, so it would be a draw.

If you are winning by position, try to checkmate or capture opponent pieces using killer tactics like forks, X-rays and pins, to turn the tables. You will have to study on this to get good at it but actually, you can implement these tactics once you find out about them.

If you are losing by position, try to force a draw, like multiple checks ie. checking your opponent, preventing him/her to launch any attack. If your opponent cannot stop your checks, the game is drawn. You can also try to capitalize on mistakes, then use killer tactics to turn the tables but that would be harder. Another way is to get repeated moves. If a move is repeated 3 times consecutively, the game is drawn.

If you are losing by material, and you are reduced to a king, try to get a stalemate. But this one is really hard and the odds are stacked against you.

So the opening and middle games are important to ensure you get at least some fighting chance in the end game, if you are able to get there.

Conclusion

Wow, I never thought I would be creating a hub this long, but it’s here anyways. Final important tips. Be alert at all times. Careless mistakes can hurt you bad! And be flexible. If you are pushing a strategy that will not work, it will cost you dearly. The best way to play chess is to stick to the concepts and the opportunities for strategies will come to you automatically.

Have fun, and I hope you can improve. I am a casual chess rookie who found out how to become a better rookie and to win more matches, and I wish you the best of luck!