|Aug-14-04|| ||mack: I simply have to post the following "Aide Memoir" which appears in the earlier versions of Pritchard's Right Way to Play Chess. It is intended to help one remember the moves of the various men, but in actual fact confuses things to the nth degree:|
The KING may move a single square in any free direction;
Should he succumb the game is lost, so play with circumspection!
To crossword clues a ROOK may take - it moves across and down;
If lines are clear he changes gear and really goes to town.
The BISHOP travels cornerwise if ways are unrestricted,
His diocese but half the board - the rest is interdicted.
The QUEEN may radiate at will if she is not obstructed;
Like rook or bishop, as required, her journeys are conducted.
The KNIGHT, a problem child, extends (according to decree)
To the diametric corner of a figure two by three.
The PAWN moves only forward, and but a single square;
Is promoted on the eighth rank (assume it reaches there).
Initially, however, its functions to enhance,
The pawn retains the option of a double-square advance.
There, much clearer.
|Oct-18-04|| ||uzeromay: He needs to devote yet another couple of lines to describing the "en passant" rule and at least four lines to describe castling kingside or queenside. Maybe a clever rhymester can do this. |
|Oct-18-04|| ||tpstar: If your mighty PAWN bravely gains the fifth rank strongly/Yet an opposing PAWN passes by, doubly advancing wrongly/Your next move may remove that Pawn, acting nonchalant/By capturing diagonally, as is termed en passant |
|Oct-20-04|| ||mack: YES! Finally this fine "aide memoir" gets the attention it deserves. Very nice addition then <tpstar>. My favourite one must by the knight I think... |
|Aug-02-05|| ||Anatooly Homedepotov: David Brine Pritchard, former editor of Games and Puzzles magazine for 10 years and former games director of the Mind Sports Olympiad and president of the British Chess Variants Society. He lives in England with his wife Elaine, an "international chessmaster." Not sure of her exact title.|
|May-03-06|| ||nasmichael: Pritchard recently passed on from this world (early 2006) and he will be missed. He was president of the British Chess Variants Society and the magazine continues.... There was some intent to do a second Encyclopedia of Chess Variants; I hope it is still released to the public.|
|Jul-19-06|| ||biglo: According to the FIDE list Elaine Pritchard is a WIM|
|Mar-20-07|| ||wolfmaster: Pretty creative,tpstar.
A special move with the king and rook is commonplace now,
This rhyme will show you how.
The king moves two, the rook three, on the shorter side,
the other option is a step longer ride.
Also no piece may intervene,
the rook and king, their path between.
Neither piece may have moved forward,
also moving the king would not have him gored.
If all these conditions have been met,
castle your king into a safety net.
Stretching it a bit, but it was the best I could come up with.
|Mar-20-07|| ||wolfmaster: Tell me what you think of this rhyme. I'd like to hear feedback.|
|Mar-20-07|| ||tpstar: You should learn how to CASTLE else you might remain a dunce|
It's the only time in CHESS when two pieces move at once
But castling your King means your Kingdom is in clover
Just shuffle Him two squares, then you move that Rook 'round over
There are some CASTLING rules for which to learn it would behoove
For one may castle neither side if either piece has moved
Don't castle across CHECK lest your King be torn asunder
And trying to castle out of CHECK would be a social blunder
|Apr-17-10|| ||wordfunph: "I once carried out a private survey at a well-known chess restaurant where a large number of 'friendly games' are always in progress. In less than thirty percent of those observed was
resignation made with a good grace. In two-thirds of the games the loser either knocked his king over, abruptly pushed the pieces into the centre of the board, started to set up the men
for a fresh game, or got up and walked away without saying a word to his opponent. There is absolutely no excuse for this behaviour so long as chess remains a game." David Brine Pritchard|
(source: The Right Way to Play Chess)
|Apr-17-10|| ||HeMateMe: Chess players are different. I once saw two people engrossed in a game, in the park. I walked over to get a better look, and I noticed the board was set up wrong; white didn't have a light square for h1. I mentioned this; and they both were annoyed. |
I guess chess is chess, without too much regard for specifics. I didn't say anything about their using Capablanca's 'submarine' piece.
|Apr-17-10|| ||wordfunph: <HeMateMe> who couldn't forget your post..|
<I can see the title of the next book: "How I Became a Grandmaster at Age Three".>
|Jul-10-10|| ||Once: I had the privilege of playing against David a few times. He used to play for my little club Godalming (a town in Surrey). He was without a doubt one of the kindliest, friendliest and most good humoured of all chess players.|
And even in his 80s he was a formidable opponent. I think I only beat him once but lost several times. Every year, around Christmas, he and his wife Elaine would organise a five minute blitz tournament at their bungalow. And on only one occasion, in between the mince pies, I managed to swindle a win.
He was as gracious in defeat as he was in victory. We then set the pieces up again and he whipped me hollow.
When old age addles my brain and dims my sight, these are among the memories that I want to lose last of all.
|Jul-20-10|| ||zb2cr: Hi <Once>,
"And men will tell their grandchildren, though all other memory fade, how they one time won against a member of the Master's Brigade."
|Aug-13-10|| ||Cibator: He made some fine contributions too in the field of chess-related humour. "A Match at the Club", a broadcast piece from around 1963, is an all-time classic.|
|Oct-19-10|| ||rapidcitychess: Has this guy ever just pritched a pawn?
|Apr-23-12|| ||GrahamClayton: An excellent obituary can be found here: