Thursday, January 20, 2011
What it means to me
Last week I did a post on wine descriptors. It was great fun. This time I'm using chess descriptors. Just like the French, those people have a different name for everything and the ones that are the same don't always mean that same thing.
Here is the chess communities meaning of a term or word and mine. You can see where they are not really the same.
Wiki: Bad Bishop
A bishop which is hemmed in by the player's own pawns.
Me: Bad Bishop
"Don't say the baby's name!" When The Bishop gets there too late.
Wiki: Book draw
An endgame position known to be a draw with perfect play. The name reflects that traditionally the analysis has been found in the chess endgame literature, but in simplified positions (currently six pieces or fewer) computer analysis in an endgame tablebase can be used.
Me: Book draw
This one has two meanings for me. 1. When someone maliciously draws in a book. Punishable by a firm talking to and suspension of their circulation rights. And, maybe if you protest too loudly you'll get a major shushing. 2. The watercolour paper book that I travel with.
To carefully plan a series of moves while considering possible responses.
Something to avoid at all costs. The reason I became a librarian. I don't do math.
Slang for a primitive trap, often set in the hope of swindling a win or a draw from a lost position.
Adjective used to describe a move, player, or style of play characterized by risky, positionally dubious play that sets traps for the opponent. The name comes from the notion that one would expect to see such play in skittles games played in a coffeehouse or similar setting, particularly in games played for stakes and/or blitz chess. The Blackburne Shilling Gambit is a typical example of coffeehouse play.
The place where I go to get my 'cup of consciousness'. Without it I am not fit company.
Probably nobody's business.
Wiki: Fool's mate
The shortest possible chess game ending in mate: 1. f3 e5 2. g4 Qh4# (or minor variations on this).
Me: Fool's mate
Wiki: Scholar's mate
A four-move checkmate (common among novices) in which White plays 1. e4, follows with Qh5 (or Qf3) and Bc4, and finishes with 4. Qxf7#.
Me: Scholar's mate
A casual or "pick-up" game, usually played without a chess clock. At chess tournaments, a skittles room is where one goes to play for fun while waiting for the next formal game.
What life isn't. As in 'life isn't always skittles and beer'.
There are just a few of the chess game terms that mean something different to me.
Have a great day everyone