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Chess Day

There is no remorse like the remorse of chess.”

~ H. G. Wells (1866-1946)

Do you know your fianchetto from your fingerfehler? If so, you might be a chess player! Even non-players are familiar with chess terms that have infiltrated regular language (Checkmate, anyone?). Other more obscure terms are used only by aficianados. For example, a "bad bishop" is a bishop that cannot move because its path is blocked by pawns. A “dark bishop,” on the other hand, is a bishop that moves on the dark squares. A dark bishop can be a good or a bad bishop, depending on the pawn situation. A "fianchetto" is a maneuver which involves moving a knight pawn (the pawn directly in front of the knight) forward one or two spaces, then sending your freshly fianchettoed bishop out into the fray on its diagonal course. And finally, a "fingerfehler" is a German word for “finger mistake,” occuring when you accidentally touch the wrong piece or move it to the wrong spot. If a "fingerfehler" befalls you, you may say, 'J’adoube", French for "I adjust", acknowledging that you wish to adjust a piece on the board, not move it. Today, should you prefer to celebrate chess cinematically, some favourites are:
Searching for Bobby Fischer
Brooklyn Castle
Queen of Katwe
Bobby Fischer Against the World
The Luzhin Defense
Pawn Sacrifice
The Queen's Gambit
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Jul 20

International Chess Day is celebrated annually on July 20th, the day the International Chess Federation (FIDE) was founded, in 1924.

The Lewis chessmen (Scottish Gaelic: Fir-thàilisg Leòdhais) or Uig chessmen, named after the island or the bay where they were found,are a group of distinctive 12th-century chess pieces, along with other game pieces, most of which are carved from walrus ivory. Discovered in 1831 on Lewis in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland, they may constitute some of the few complete, surviving medieval chess sets, although it is not clear if a period-accurate set can be assembled from the pieces. When found, the hoard contained 93 artifacts: 78 chess pieces, 14 tablemen and one belt buckle. Today, 82 pieces are owned and usually exhibited by the British Museum in London, and the remaining 11 are at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh.

For more about this famous chess set, click the board!

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