I remind the readership that the second Saturday of October is designated as
National Chess Day.
Don’t be board. Get out there and start mating! I’ll check on your progress.
Also, en passant, many thanks to the readers who, some time back, sent some chess equipment. It was my intention to invite the formation of a chess club, but… COVID-1984. That’s going to have to wait.
An old post on chess and LATIN. HERE
In honor of the day, here is a story I shared back in 2016:
From the often amusing Eye Of The Tiber:
Society of St. Pius X chess grandmaster Larcel Mafebvre has turned four of his pieces into bishops without approval from the World Chess Federation, officials have confirmed.
“Mr. Mafebvre has, without approval from the Federation, created bishops out of pawn pieces,” said World Chess Federation head Antonio Salamanca. “After speaking with Mr. Mafebvre regarding abiding by the new chess rules, wherein players are given the freedom to concelebrate the match, and to say the words of ‘checkmate’ in the vernacular, he has sadly decided to ignore our requests.”
Salamanca went on to tell reporters that Mafebvre had automatically incurred excheckommunication because of his disobedience.
“I must do what is in my conscience to preserve the dignity of the game,” Mafebvre told EOTT in an exclusive interview. “Therefore, I have decided to consecrate four of my pieces into bishops to help my depleted side, for, from some Fischer, the smoke of Satan has entered the chessboard of God.”
At press time, one time follower of Larcel Mafebvre’s, Bavid Dawden, told EOTT that he has decided to become head of the World Chess Federation, though he only has three pawns to play with.
BTW… when I get my CW up to scratch, it could be fun to have a game, by sched, with someone out there. CQ CQ CQ de W9FRZ e4.
And on this day….
BREAKING: World Champion @MagnusCarlsen‘s undefeated streak and “World Record” ends on 125 games after 2 years, 2 months and 10 days as he is beaten by World #15, Poland’s Jan-Krzysztof Duda, in R5 of #NorwayChess. pic.twitter.com/WCBNrVJuvj
— Tarjei J. Svensen (@TarjeiJS) October 10, 2020