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Date: 11 Feb 2008 23:47:53
From: Andrew Kaufman
Subject: Need Help

Hello -
I just finished working on a tutorial for beginning chess players an
was hoping to get some feedback or constructive criticism on how well
did, whether or not I missed anything important, or whether I need t
make anything more clear. Here it is
http://www.mahalo.com/How_to_Play_Chess
Thanks in advance for any help you can give me


--
Andrew Kaufman




 
Date: 16 Feb 2008 04:43:41
From: Offramp
Subject: Re: Need Help
On Feb 11, 11:47 pm, Andrew Kaufman <Andrew.Kaufman.
1f6a...@chessbanter.com > wrote:
> Hello -
> I just finished working on a tutorial for beginning chess players and
> was hoping to get some feedback or constructive criticism on how well i
> did, whether or not I missed anything important, or whether I need to
> make anything more clear. Here it is:http://www.mahalo.com/How_to_Play_Chess
> Thanks in advance for any help you can give me!
>
> --
> Andrew Kaufman

"As with a "Check", you should always verbally inform your opponent
that they have been put in "Checkmate"."

"Always" should be "never".


  
Date: 18 Feb 2008 08:38:10
From: Offramp
Subject: Re: Need Help
I knew it.
There are some people that if you criticise them in any way - even in
the tiniest way - the most you'll get out of them is a tearful,
"Sorry, I didn't see your comment... Bwoo-hoo-hoo!!"


 
Date: 12 Feb 2008 22:59:45
From: Offramp
Subject: Re: Need Help
On Feb 11, 11:47 pm, Andrew Kaufman <Andrew.Kaufman.
1f6a...@chessbanter.com > wrote:
> Hello -
> I just finished working on a tutorial for beginning chess players and
> was hoping to get some feedback or constructive criticism on how well i
> did, whether or not I missed anything important, or whether I need to
> make anything more clear. Here it is:http://www.mahalo.com/How_to_Play_Chess
> Thanks in advance for any help you can give me!
>
> --
> Andrew Kaufman

"# If the Rook is taking another piece, it must stop on the square
that the piece occupied."
This makes it sound as if this is a peculiarity of the rook.

" 1. The Bishop can be moved diagonally as many spaces as you want.
It cannot move in a straight line.
2. Due to their movement abilities, Bishops will always end up on
the same colored square (either light or dark) that they started the
game on.
3. The Rook can move as far in one diagonal direction as the board
will allow, or as short as one square away from its original position.
"
Bishop is meant in No 3. A typo.

"After the first player has made their move, their opponent then gets
to make a move. Players then alternate movements throughout the rest
of the game."
Their move? How many first players are their? Do you mean his move?

"If your opponent is put in "Check", he/she is obligated to move their
King into a position in which they are no longer threatened."
Who?

But all in all a very good guide. It is very clear and the diagrams
are good. I would recommend the site to a beginner.


 
Date: 12 Feb 2008 22:49:13
From: Offramp
Subject: Re: Need Help
On Feb 11, 11:47 pm, Andrew Kaufman <Andrew.Kaufman.
1f6a...@chessbanter.com > wrote:
> Hello -
> I just finished working on a tutorial for beginning chess players and
> was hoping to get some feedback or constructive criticism on how well i
> did, whether or not I missed anything important, or whether I need to
> make anything more clear. Here it is:http://www.mahalo.com/How_to_Play_Chess
> Thanks in advance for any help you can give me!
>
> --
> Andrew Kaufman

You should give the moves of the rook and bishop first. Every piece
moves like a rook or a bishop or both.


  
Date: 12 Feb 2008 23:26:02
From: Offramp
Subject: Re: Need Help
On Feb 13, 7:11 am, help bot <nomorech...@hotmail.com > wrote:
> On Feb 13, 1:49 am, Offramp <alaneobr...@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> > You should give the moves of the rook and bishop first. Every piece
> > moves like a rook or a bishop or both.
>
> Except the Knight.

The knight moves one square like a rook and one square like a bishop
in any order.

> Did anyone else find the tiny diagrams to be,
> well, tiny as well as a bit blurry? Maybe it's
> just me; sometimes, when I move my head
> slightly, the blur can disappear, as though
> there were a smudge on my glasses... .

I think they may have lost a bit in getting bigger.


  
Date: 12 Feb 2008 23:11:37
From: help bot
Subject: Re: Need Help
On Feb 13, 1:49 am, Offramp <alaneobr...@gmail.com > wrote:

> You should give the moves of the rook and bishop first. Every piece
> moves like a rook or a bishop or both.

Except the Knight.

Did anyone else find the tiny diagrams to be,
well, tiny as well as a bit blurry? Maybe it's
just me; sometimes, when I move my head
slightly, the blur can disappear, as though
there were a smudge on my glasses... .


-- help bot




 
Date: 11 Feb 2008 19:34:08
From: help bot
Subject: Re: Need Help
On Feb 11, 6:47 pm, Andrew Kaufman <Andrew.Kaufman.
1f6a...@chessbanter.com > wrote:

> Hello -
> I just finished working on a tutorial for beginning chess players and
> was hoping to get some feedback or constructive criticism on how well i
> did, whether or not I missed anything important, or whether I need to
> make anything more clear. Here it is:http://www.mahalo.com/How_to_Play_Chess
> Thanks in advance for any help you can give me!


I found the smallest diagrams to be a bit blurry,
as well as... small. The diagrams of the chess
pieces, by comparison, are gigantic and clear.

Diagrams showing how to castle often show
only the men involved in the move to keep
things as simple as possible, but I wonder if
this lends the misleading impression that
castling is most often or best put off until the
endgame. From my perspective, the emphasis
ought to be on the wisdom of castling early, as
after say, 1. e4 e5, 2. Nf3 Nc6 (note how
the Knights are developed quickly and toward
the center), 3. Bc4 Nf6 -- and now, White
castles.

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As for chess originating in India, the truth is
that far, far below the remains of what was
once the city of Troy, are buried many chess
boards, inlaid with gold; this site will not be
discovered until the year 2117-- after the
Earth is scanned with gamma rays which
can penetrate to unheard-of depths. Only
then, will the question of the origination of
the game finally be settled, once and for all;
of course, they will still have overlooked
wooden chess sets, which have long since
disintegrated into dirt-- but that's what
passes for "science" these days.

Back in my day, we were not afraid to admit
when we didn't know something. For instance,
whether or not one could checkmate with a
Bishop and Knight, or if two Queens should
win by force against a Queen and a Rook. Or
if germs could actually be washed away with
soap and water. We just had to tough it out.


-- help bot