Monday, 10 November 2014

World Chess Championships

The World Chess Championships are currently being played in Sochi, Russia, with Magnus Carlsen (champion) taking on Vishy Anand (challenger).

I enjoy chess, although as a player I'm pretty awful!  It's a fascinating game, with a rich history going back over 800 years.  The various opening moves etc have been studied to the nth degree, and I have to say that I love some of the names given to the openings, including Ruy Lopez, King's Gambit, Latvian Gambit & French Defence to name but a few.

The top players dedicate their lives to the game, studying theories of play, implications of moves etc to better understand the game.

The sheer number of combinations of moves make chess almost impossible to play perfectly - it's one of the most complicated games to learn, although learning how the various pieces move is relatively easy - as I'm all too good at finding out, it's easy to make tactical blunders.

Anyway, I'm going to enjoy following the championship, whilst continuing to play games online at my own level.

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