Thinking outside the.. BOARD!

This time of the year, the fading summer certainly unicare vardenafil leaves some space and the possibility to think outside the 64 squares of the chess board.. Why not put aside the bulky strategy books, step into safe distance from instructive books, and push complicated endgames to the back of our minds? I assure you, there are other striking board games!


Back 1

Black’s turn, Black wins

Gheorghiu – Liu Wenze, Chess Olympics Luzern 1982. 1…Qg1+ and despite the advantage in chessmen, there is no defence left to prevent the checkmate in the next move: 2.Kxg1 Re1#


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One of my favorite board games is Backgammon. Most people consider this another ole’ dice game. The connoisseurs among us know, Backgammon is a game with a lot of tactical demand, calculation, fun, and compared to chess, an unfamiliar pace. Who isn’t yet familiar with the rules, will be able to understand in a matter of minutes and can get started – against an inexperienced opponent one might have the chance on a few extra points. Thanks to the dice, there is a large element of fortuitousness, causing the determination to be relentlessly swiped off the board.

While one can constantly gain advantages in chess and achieve visible results with the adequate technique, Backgammon is a little trickier, as the entire construct might break down by a single unfavorable number of points on the dice. One man’s joy, the other man’s sorrow? Well, expertise and skills are just as important in Backgammon as they are in chess; and most times, the experienced player wins in a whole set of games (catchword: Doubling Cube!).


Back 2

Black’s turn, Black win’s

Torre – Timman, 1982. 1…Nf3+ Kg2 (1…exf3 2. Qxf1+ Kxf1 3. Bh3+ Kg1 4. Re1#) 2. Qxf1+ Kxf1 3. Bh3#

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Especially during fall season, an evening spent by the board can be delightful. Did you know the word Backgammon is a compound of the Greek word Agon (meaning ‘Battle’) and the Latin word Alea (meaning ‘dice game’)?


Back 3

Black’s turn, Black wins

Schmidt – Abramovic, 1983. 1…Nd1 and White can’t prevent severe consequences..

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clomid cost


Go, on the contrary, has a characteristic very similar to chess: The task is to conquer large areas on the board and to embed these successfully and permanently. Sounds easy, but is still quite difficult to achieve. The rule set is not overly complicated – as in chess, players ought to work on “Laws and Regularities”, to recognize and to practise them. Beginners are advised to start with the 9×9 version (professionals play on 19×19 boards) and should not be shy to compete against stronger opponents. Go is usually a past time game and was described by World Champion Emanuel Lasker (in “Board Games of the People”) as a game with logic, more continuous than in chess, superior in simplicity and no inferior in leverage of phantasy..


Back 4

White’s turn, White wins

Hazai – Györkös, 1984. 1.Rxf7+ Kxf7 2. Qh7+ Ke8 3. Bg6+ Kd8 4. Rxd5+ exd5 5. Qg8+ Ke7 (5…Kd7 6. Qxd5+ Ke7 7. Qf7+ Kd8 8. Qe8#) 6. Qf7+


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Minaret! A mosque’s tower is the patron of this tricky and, compared to Chess or Go, rather quick game. Each player participating in this Arab strategy game has 12 gaming pieces (each 4 with large, medium, and small diameter). The game begins with an empty 5×5 board, on which the players place the pieces after one another. All marks on the board are connected with each other like a net, inserted or drawn. Gaming pieces may be placed on empty marks on the board, but also on opponents’ pieces (bearing in mind that only a smaller piece can be placed on another). Goal is, to build a tower out of three pieces, different in size, all stacked on one mark of the board, or to obtain three pieces of an opponent, which can be done by smaller winning position.

Surely, we are missing Checkers, Chinese Checkers, or the all time classic Ludo, but our space in this category is limited.. Alright then, lights out, candles lit, and get to the boards!

written by Frank, translated by Birthe