Archive for the ‘Chess’ category

Switching up the colors for this year’s chess shirt

January 7th, 2013

HJHS chess logo 1-color

Chess logo

January 25th, 2012

I’m working on designing the logo for this year’s chess team. Here’s what I have so far:

It’s nothing too mind-blowing, but I think it might make for a fun wallpaper (on your home computer). Click the thumbnail to view the full size.

e4 really is as popular as they say it is.

August 29th, 2011

I’ve used some of the resources on before, but have you seen this graph?

It shows the probability of one side or the other winning based soley on which piece white moves first.

Chess Puzzles #2 and #3

November 1st, 2010

Here are two puzzles for Chess Club today. I will post the answers later in the comments.

Both are white to move to mate in one.

Chess Puzzle #1 – 2011 Season

October 25th, 2010

The whole point of chess puzzles is to train your brain to see patterns, familiar positions. The puzzles that I’ll put up are taken from real games (once we get to January, we’ll see student games). Later today I’ll put the answer in the comments.

Today’s puzzle is white to move to win in one move.

Three things to look at today about chess

January 11th, 2010
  1. How to get a stalemate
  2. How to castle
  3. Endgame strategy

In addition:
With stalemate, we can talk about the 50 move rule and the three-fold repetition to go for a draw.

50 moves:
If in 50 consecutive moves you have not been able to capture a piece, you can call a draw. (Another reason why notation is important)

Three-fold repetition:
If the same position occurs 3 times (not necessarily on consecutive moves) with the same player to move, either player may point this out and claim a draw. If neither player claims the draw, play continues (either player may still lose on time).

You can also call a draw when you don’t have enough material for checkmate:

  1. King against king
  2. King and bishop against king
  3. King and knight against king
  4. King and bishop against king and bishop when the bishops are on the same color squares.