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    Sunday, January 22, 2006

    The Game of Chess


    Chess is probably one of the oldest and most famous games in the world. It is believed to have originated from India as early as the seventh century, although the exact origins of chess are unknown. Chess has appeared in many shapes and forms. Today most people play what is known as Europeans chess. Chess is a universal game - universal in the sense that it is accepted and played in every country and culture. There are many tournaments held worldwide and many more in each individual country.

    The basic rules of chess are simple, however to be able to play strategically and master tactics requires skill and dedication. In its modern form the game consists of an eight by eight board of alternating black and white squares and chess pieces. Each player has sixteen different pieces, which are used to play the game with. A player starts off with a king, a queen, eight pawns, and two each of bishops, knights and rooks. The aim of the game is to corner and immobilize the opponent's king so he cannot make any further moves.

    Modern chess is also known as the 'queens chess' as the queen is the piece with the most power. It can move any number of squares in any direction, given there is enough space to maneuver. All pieces move in straight or diagonal lines with the exception of knights. A knight's movements are similar to the shape of the letter 'L'. When the opponent's king piece has been immobilized it is known as "checkmate".

    Chess has many benefits and it is now being taught in many schools over the world to children from a young age. It has many academic benefits and improves ones ability and skill. Chess improves a child's thinking ability by teaching many skills. These include the ability to focus, plan tasks ahead, thinking analytically, abstractly and strategically and consider all the options before making a move. They also improve one's social and communication skills by playing against another human player. Research has shown that kids that play chess regularly have a significant improvement in their math and reading ability.

    Nowadays chess can be played pretty much anywhere. All you need is the board and pieces and somebody to play against. If you cannot find another person to challenge then there are plenty of computerized versions of chess. The software comes in many different versions such as 2D or 3D and with nice animated effects or just as a plain board and pieces. It is possible to play against a computer player and up the difficulty level if required. With the advent of the Internet it is now easily possible to search for many other players online whom to play against.

    Garry Kasparov is one of the world's most famous chess players. He is a chess grandmaster and one of the strongest chess players in history. He has the highest ranking on the FIDE listing. Ranked first in the world for nearly all of the 20 years from 1985 to 2005, Kasparov was the last undisputed World Chess Champion from 1985 until 1993; and continued to be "classical" World Chess Champion until his defeat by Vladimir Kramnik in 2000.

    In February 1996, IBM's chess computer Deep Blue defeated Kasparov in one game using normal time controls, in Deep Blue - Kasparov, 1996, Game 1. However, Kasparov retorted with 3 wins and 2 draws, soundly winning the match. In May 1997, an updated version of Deep Blue defeated Kasparov in a highly publicized six-game match. This was the first time a computer had ever defeated a world champion in match play. An award-winning documentary film was made about this famous match up entitled Game Over: Kasparov and the Machine.
    About the Author
    Copyright 2005 Dave Markel
    For more great articles about the game of Chess visit http://for-more-info.com/chess/chess-intro.html

    Oregon Chess Club Listings

    ASHLAND. SOU CHESS CLUB. Contact: C/O ANDREW VAUGHN.

    BEND. JUNIPER ELEMENTARY CC. Contact: JOE GREEN. (541) 383 - 6165.

    BEND. J BAR J YOUTH RANCH. Scholastic. FRIDAYS 9-10:30 AM. RANCH . Contact: DANTE BIANCUCCI. (541) 389 - 1409.

    CLATSKANIE. CLATSKANIE CHESS CLUB. MON/WED 3:30-4:30. CLATSKANIE COMMUNITY CENTER , 520 SW TICHENOR , CLATSKANIE, OR 97016 . Contact: KATHRYN & MICHAEL TAYLOR. (503) 728 - 3754. email: clatskaniechessclub@yahoo.com. http://clatskaniechessclub.tripod.com.

    CORVALLIS. LION PRIDE CHESS CLUB. THURSDAY 4-6 PM. LINCOLN ELEM SCHOOL , 110 SW ALEXANDER AVE , CORVALLIS, OR 97333 . Contact: C/O PAUL WILLIAM BRADLEY. (541) 929 - 4637.

    EUGENE. YOUTH ENRICHMENT/. College. Contact: TAG PROGRAM.

    EUGENE. SOUTH EUGENE CHESS CLUB. Contact: DIANE THURLOW. (541) 343 - 4977.

    EUGENE. CHESSWAYS. MON-THURS AFTNOON/EVE; SAT AFT. 1626 WILLAMETTE ST , EUGENE, OR . Contact: C/O JERRY RAMEY. (541) 232 - 0328.

    GRANTS PASS. GRANTS PASS CHESS CLUB. WED 6:30-10:30 PM. ROYAL GARDENS , 2075 HIGHLAND AVE , GRANTS PASS OR 97526 . Contact: WRAY MAXWELL. (541) 476 - 5000.

    HILLSBORO. JACKSON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. Scholastic. FRI 2-3PM. JACKSON ELEM , 675 NE ESTATE DR . Contact: MARY HALL. (503) 648 - 9496.

    KLAMATH FALLS. SHASTA CHESS CLUB. T-W-H 7AM-7:55AM. SHASTA ELEM . Contact: MALCOLM AQUINAS. (541) 883 - 5060. email: aquinasm@kcsd.k12.or.us.

    KLAMATH FALLS. KLAMATH FALLS CHESS CLUB. Contact: C/O PAUL ROMERO.

    KLAMATH FALLS. PELICAN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. Scholastic. Contact: CHESS CLUB.

    LAKE OSWEGO. TOURCHSTONE SCHOOL. Scholastic. Contact: C/O KEVIN BOGATIN.

    LINCOLN CITY. TAFT HS CHESS CLUB. Scholastic. Contact: C/O PAUL LENZ.

    LINCOLN CITY. TAFT MIDDLE SCHOOL CC. Scholastic. TUES 3:10-4:30. TAFT MIDDLE SCHOOL , 4040 HIGH SCHOOL DR , LINCOLN CITY, OR . Contact: KAY DOMBROWSKI. (541) 765 - 2551.

    NEHALEM. NEHALEM ELEM SCH CHESS CLUB. Scholastic. WED 7:30AM. SCHOOL LIBRARY . Contact: STEWART MARTIN. (503) 368 - 7474.

    PORTLAND. PORTLAND STATE UNIV CHESS CLUB. College. Contact: C/O JUSTIN MYERS. (503) 699 - 6165.

    PORTLAND. CHESSFAMILIES. Contact: AMY BOYETT. (503) 849 - 0938.

    PORTLAND. CHESS FOR SUCCESS. Contact: JULIE YOUNG. (503) 520 - 8960.

    PORTLAND. CHESS ODYSSEY. VARIOUS LOCATIONS & TIMES. GREATER PORTLAND AREA . Contact: PETE PROCHASKA. (503) 504-5756. email: info@chessodyssey.com. www.chessodyssey.com. Additional Information: Scholastic programs/camps etc.

    PORTLAND. WESTVIEW HIGH SCHOOL. Scholastic. WED & FRI 2:45-4:30. WESTVIEW HS . Contact: JACK PATRICK. (503) 648 - 4771.

    PORTLAND. RIDGEWOOD CHESS CLUB. Scholastic. Contact: DOUGLAS BAYERN. (503) 643 - 5643.

    PORTLAND. TERRA LINDA SCHOOL. Scholastic. Contact: CHESS CLUB.

    PORTLAND. JACOB WISMER CHESS CLUB. Scholastic. MONDAY 6:30 PM. JACOB WISMER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL , 5477 NW SKYCREST PARKWAY , PORTLAND, OR 97229 . Contact: ZHUNQUIN WANG. (503) 533 - 1950.

    REEDSPORT. PDS CHESS. OCCASIONAL TNMT & CLASSES. MIDWAY CITY COMM CTR , 14900 PARK LANE , MIDWAY CITY LA 92655 . Contact: PAUL SHANNON. (541) 271 - 4010.

    WESTFIR. OAKRIDGE CHESS CLUB. Scholastic. SAME . Contact: ATTN DAVID GORDON. (541) 782 - 2731.

    Monday, January 09, 2006

    California's Central Coast a Hotbed for Chess

    California's Central Coast is a hotbed for chess. This small community has come alive in recent months with many new chess clubs and players. One key factor is the free online chess playing site ChessManiac.com. This site was started by Dennis Steele as a way to connect chess players from the California's Central Coast to other chess players in the local community. However, it did much more than this. The website has connected Central Coast chess players to the world chess community through its free internet chess server.

    Here is a listing of the current chess clubs in this area:

    Morro Bay Chess Club
    Paso Robles Chess Club
    San Luis Obispo Chess Club
    2 Dogs Chess Club
    Cambria Chess Club
    Cal Poly Chess Club

    Oregon Chess Club Listings

    ASHLAND. SOU CHESS CLUB. Contact: C/O ANDREW VAUGHN.

    BEND. JUNIPER ELEMENTARY CC. Contact: JOE GREEN. (541) 383 - 6165.

    BEND. J BAR J YOUTH RANCH. Scholastic. FRIDAYS 9-10:30 AM. RANCH . Contact: DANTE BIANCUCCI. (541) 389 - 1409.

    CLATSKANIE. CLATSKANIE CHESS CLUB. MON/WED 3:30-4:30. CLATSKANIE COMMUNITY CENTER , 520 SW TICHENOR , CLATSKANIE, OR 97016 . Contact: KATHRYN & MICHAEL TAYLOR. (503) 728 - 3754. email: clatskaniechessclub@yahoo.com. http://clatskaniechessclub.tripod.com.

    CORVALLIS. LION PRIDE CHESS CLUB. THURSDAY 4-6 PM. LINCOLN ELEM SCHOOL , 110 SW ALEXANDER AVE , CORVALLIS, OR 97333 . Contact: C/O PAUL WILLIAM BRADLEY. (541) 929 - 4637.

    EUGENE. YOUTH ENRICHMENT/. College. Contact: TAG PROGRAM.

    EUGENE. SOUTH EUGENE CHESS CLUB. Contact: DIANE THURLOW. (541) 343 - 4977.

    EUGENE. CHESSWAYS. MON-THURS AFTNOON/EVE; SAT AFT. 1626 WILLAMETTE ST , EUGENE, OR . Contact: C/O JERRY RAMEY. (541) 232 - 0328.

    GRANTS PASS. GRANTS PASS CHESS CLUB. WED 6:30-10:30 PM. ROYAL GARDENS , 2075 HIGHLAND AVE , GRANTS PASS OR 97526 . Contact: WRAY MAXWELL. (541) 476 - 5000.

    HILLSBORO. JACKSON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. Scholastic. FRI 2-3PM. JACKSON ELEM , 675 NE ESTATE DR . Contact: MARY HALL. (503) 648 - 9496.

    KLAMATH FALLS. SHASTA CHESS CLUB. T-W-H 7AM-7:55AM. SHASTA ELEM . Contact: MALCOLM AQUINAS. (541) 883 - 5060. email: aquinasm@kcsd.k12.or.us.

    KLAMATH FALLS. KLAMATH FALLS CHESS CLUB. Contact: C/O PAUL ROMERO.

    KLAMATH FALLS. PELICAN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. Scholastic. Contact: CHESS CLUB.

    LAKE OSWEGO. TOURCHSTONE SCHOOL. Scholastic. Contact: C/O KEVIN BOGATIN.

    LINCOLN CITY. TAFT HS CHESS CLUB. Scholastic. Contact: C/O PAUL LENZ.

    LINCOLN CITY. TAFT MIDDLE SCHOOL CC. Scholastic. TUES 3:10-4:30. TAFT MIDDLE SCHOOL , 4040 HIGH SCHOOL DR , LINCOLN CITY, OR . Contact: KAY DOMBROWSKI. (541) 765 - 2551.

    NEHALEM. NEHALEM ELEM SCH CHESS CLUB. Scholastic. WED 7:30AM. SCHOOL LIBRARY . Contact: STEWART MARTIN. (503) 368 - 7474.

    PORTLAND. PORTLAND STATE UNIV CHESS CLUB. College. Contact: C/O JUSTIN MYERS. (503) 699 - 6165.

    PORTLAND. CHESSFAMILIES. Contact: AMY BOYETT. (503) 849 - 0938.

    PORTLAND. CHESS FOR SUCCESS. Contact: JULIE YOUNG. (503) 520 - 8960.

    PORTLAND. CHESS ODYSSEY. VARIOUS LOCATIONS & TIMES. GREATER PORTLAND AREA . Contact: PETE PROCHASKA. (503) 504-5756. email: info@chessodyssey.com. www.chessodyssey.com. Additional Information: Scholastic programs/camps etc.

    PORTLAND. WESTVIEW HIGH SCHOOL. Scholastic. WED & FRI 2:45-4:30. WESTVIEW HS . Contact: JACK PATRICK. (503) 648 - 4771.

    PORTLAND. RIDGEWOOD CHESS CLUB. Scholastic. Contact: DOUGLAS BAYERN. (503) 643 - 5643.

    PORTLAND. TERRA LINDA SCHOOL. Scholastic. Contact: CHESS CLUB.

    PORTLAND. JACOB WISMER CHESS CLUB. Scholastic. MONDAY 6:30 PM. JACOB WISMER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL , 5477 NW SKYCREST PARKWAY , PORTLAND, OR 97229 . Contact: ZHUNQUIN WANG. (503) 533 - 1950.

    REEDSPORT. PDS CHESS. OCCASIONAL TNMT & CLASSES. MIDWAY CITY COMM CTR , 14900 PARK LANE , MIDWAY CITY LA 92655 . Contact: PAUL SHANNON. (541) 271 - 4010.

    WESTFIR. OAKRIDGE CHESS CLUB. Scholastic. SAME . Contact: ATTN DAVID GORDON. (541) 782 - 2731.

    New Chess History Site!

    There is a new chess history site. ChessHistory.net

    This site is going to chronicle the most interesting world chess history events. So far it looks pretty good.

    Oregon Chess Club Listings

    ASHLAND. SOU CHESS CLUB. Contact: C/O ANDREW VAUGHN.

    BEND. JUNIPER ELEMENTARY CC. Contact: JOE GREEN. (541) 383 - 6165.

    BEND. J BAR J YOUTH RANCH. Scholastic. FRIDAYS 9-10:30 AM. RANCH . Contact: DANTE BIANCUCCI. (541) 389 - 1409.

    CLATSKANIE. CLATSKANIE CHESS CLUB. MON/WED 3:30-4:30. CLATSKANIE COMMUNITY CENTER , 520 SW TICHENOR , CLATSKANIE, OR 97016 . Contact: KATHRYN & MICHAEL TAYLOR. (503) 728 - 3754. email: clatskaniechessclub@yahoo.com. http://clatskaniechessclub.tripod.com.

    CORVALLIS. LION PRIDE CHESS CLUB. THURSDAY 4-6 PM. LINCOLN ELEM SCHOOL , 110 SW ALEXANDER AVE , CORVALLIS, OR 97333 . Contact: C/O PAUL WILLIAM BRADLEY. (541) 929 - 4637.

    EUGENE. YOUTH ENRICHMENT/. College. Contact: TAG PROGRAM.

    EUGENE. SOUTH EUGENE CHESS CLUB. Contact: DIANE THURLOW. (541) 343 - 4977.

    EUGENE. CHESSWAYS. MON-THURS AFTNOON/EVE; SAT AFT. 1626 WILLAMETTE ST , EUGENE, OR . Contact: C/O JERRY RAMEY. (541) 232 - 0328.

    GRANTS PASS. GRANTS PASS CHESS CLUB. WED 6:30-10:30 PM. ROYAL GARDENS , 2075 HIGHLAND AVE , GRANTS PASS OR 97526 . Contact: WRAY MAXWELL. (541) 476 - 5000.

    HILLSBORO. JACKSON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. Scholastic. FRI 2-3PM. JACKSON ELEM , 675 NE ESTATE DR . Contact: MARY HALL. (503) 648 - 9496.

    KLAMATH FALLS. SHASTA CHESS CLUB. T-W-H 7AM-7:55AM. SHASTA ELEM . Contact: MALCOLM AQUINAS. (541) 883 - 5060. email: aquinasm@kcsd.k12.or.us.

    KLAMATH FALLS. KLAMATH FALLS CHESS CLUB. Contact: C/O PAUL ROMERO.

    KLAMATH FALLS. PELICAN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. Scholastic. Contact: CHESS CLUB.

    LAKE OSWEGO. TOURCHSTONE SCHOOL. Scholastic. Contact: C/O KEVIN BOGATIN.

    LINCOLN CITY. TAFT HS CHESS CLUB. Scholastic. Contact: C/O PAUL LENZ.

    LINCOLN CITY. TAFT MIDDLE SCHOOL CC. Scholastic. TUES 3:10-4:30. TAFT MIDDLE SCHOOL , 4040 HIGH SCHOOL DR , LINCOLN CITY, OR . Contact: KAY DOMBROWSKI. (541) 765 - 2551.

    NEHALEM. NEHALEM ELEM SCH CHESS CLUB. Scholastic. WED 7:30AM. SCHOOL LIBRARY . Contact: STEWART MARTIN. (503) 368 - 7474.

    PORTLAND. PORTLAND STATE UNIV CHESS CLUB. College. Contact: C/O JUSTIN MYERS. (503) 699 - 6165.

    PORTLAND. CHESSFAMILIES. Contact: AMY BOYETT. (503) 849 - 0938.

    PORTLAND. CHESS FOR SUCCESS. Contact: JULIE YOUNG. (503) 520 - 8960.

    PORTLAND. CHESS ODYSSEY. VARIOUS LOCATIONS & TIMES. GREATER PORTLAND AREA . Contact: PETE PROCHASKA. (503) 504-5756. email: info@chessodyssey.com. www.chessodyssey.com. Additional Information: Scholastic programs/camps etc.

    PORTLAND. WESTVIEW HIGH SCHOOL. Scholastic. WED & FRI 2:45-4:30. WESTVIEW HS . Contact: JACK PATRICK. (503) 648 - 4771.

    PORTLAND. RIDGEWOOD CHESS CLUB. Scholastic. Contact: DOUGLAS BAYERN. (503) 643 - 5643.

    PORTLAND. TERRA LINDA SCHOOL. Scholastic. Contact: CHESS CLUB.

    PORTLAND. JACOB WISMER CHESS CLUB. Scholastic. MONDAY 6:30 PM. JACOB WISMER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL , 5477 NW SKYCREST PARKWAY , PORTLAND, OR 97229 . Contact: ZHUNQUIN WANG. (503) 533 - 1950.

    REEDSPORT. PDS CHESS. OCCASIONAL TNMT & CLASSES. MIDWAY CITY COMM CTR , 14900 PARK LANE , MIDWAY CITY LA 92655 . Contact: PAUL SHANNON. (541) 271 - 4010.

    WESTFIR. OAKRIDGE CHESS CLUB. Scholastic. SAME . Contact: ATTN DAVID GORDON. (541) 782 - 2731.