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.

Wiki: Calculate
To carefully plan a series of moves while considering possible responses.
Me: Calculate
Something to avoid at all costs. The reason I became a librarian. I don't do math.

Wiki: Cheapo
Slang for a primitive trap, often set in the hope of swindling a win or a draw from a lost position.
Me: Cheapo

Wiki: Coffeehouse
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.
Me: Coffeehouse
The place where I go to get my 'cup of consciousness'. Without it I am not fit company.

Wiki: Domination
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
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
Not JR

Wiki: Skittles 
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. 
Me: Skittles
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


  1. I'm so with you on the "no math" thing...

    Calculate: What I've got this electronic thing with buttons for...

  2. Mmmm .. skittles and beer ... ;-)

  3. Yep, a whole different meaning to lots of those words--cheapo and calculate are my favorite. the mate ones just confuse me--all that Qft 5 or whatever. Then chess confuses me--nothing moves the same and I'm not so good with the strategy.

  4. With my job I have learned to calculate!! And I run into alot of cheapos within a days work too!! Do they really not know that #1 fuel is almost $4 a gallon? And that the freight they want hauled is from one frigid destination to another frigid destination which requires LOTS of #1 fuel to get the shipment to its destination??

    Oh...Never mind me. The only thing not frozen on me is my frustration button!

  5. Ha, you said "Skittles and Beer"! Hat tip to Ernest Shackleton!

  6. Kath: sounds like they aren't so much cheapos as they are jerks.

    Julie: Skittles and beer were for you.

  7. Umm, I have played chess exactly twice in my life. Once I won, because the guy teaching me to play wanted a date, and then I lost because I said no to said date.

  8. I might just draw in a book at Blissdom just so I can hear you shush.

  9. check mate: he's in his office right now, snoring in front of his computer. :-)