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    Question Chess Question of the day......

    "What is the Cardon square?"....
    .. this Caketin is full of little spiders and watermelon seeds.....

    ..Chess is all about fear and psychology

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    ..... but that you might have wasted that playing way too much chess

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaitlin
    "What is the Cardon square?"....
    A handy thing to know in King and pawn endgames.
    So einfach wie möglich, aber nicht einfacher - Albert Einstein

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    Question Q2.

    When and what was the first computer chess program?
    Last edited by Kaitlin; 27-11-2005 at 11:42 AM.
    .. this Caketin is full of little spiders and watermelon seeds.....

    ..Chess is all about fear and psychology

    ..Chess is like an exam..... you havent studied for

    ..If you're good at Chess it means you are very intelligent and could potentialy do great things
    ..... but that you might have wasted that playing way too much chess

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    Many concepts occured, although the first, The Turk which was an automaton, (and a hoax) created in 1769. Funnily enough another case of this happened just 99 years later with the Ajeeb automaton. Both of these had human chess players inside them, and that why they were hoaxes.

    The first machine was built in 1912 and could analyse King and Rook versus King endgames, a large thing for people then. It was built by a man called Leonardo Torres y Quevedo and was called El Ajedrecista (The Chessplayer). Very creative in naming people were.

    In the 1950's the first program came into existence, and was a problem in itself. On a 6x6 board, it was Bishopless. It was called the Maniac 1 I believe, but that may be wrong. Many papers were made before this program on such subjects as evaluation function.
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    CC International Master Kaitlin's Avatar
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    The answer I had was:

    In 1958 a chess-playing program written by Alex Bernstein was able to play against a human opponent. The computer lost in 22 moves!

    ...but I like the idea of having a human chess player inside a box - that reminds me I better check on JGB < - (shoutbox joke from 26-11-2005 12:59 PM )
    .. this Caketin is full of little spiders and watermelon seeds.....

    ..Chess is all about fear and psychology

    ..Chess is like an exam..... you havent studied for

    ..If you're good at Chess it means you are very intelligent and could potentialy do great things
    ..... but that you might have wasted that playing way too much chess

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaitlin
    The answer I had was:

    In 1958 a chess-playing program written by Alex Bernstein was able to play against a human opponent.
    FWIW, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computer_chess agrees (and also with Careth). Wikipedia is an amazing mine of information.
    http://www.peterballard.org

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    I know pballard- thats where I got my answer from interesting though, apparently Leonardo Torres y Quevedo used electromagnets to move the pieces.
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    where was yesterday's question?

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    CC International Master Kaitlin's Avatar
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    There isnt going to be a question everyday.....
    Cause they are harder to find/think of, than you think.
    .. this Caketin is full of little spiders and watermelon seeds.....

    ..Chess is all about fear and psychology

    ..Chess is like an exam..... you havent studied for

    ..If you're good at Chess it means you are very intelligent and could potentialy do great things
    ..... but that you might have wasted that playing way too much chess

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    So ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rincewind
    A handy thing to know in King and pawn endgames.
    I am still none the wiser, so here is a chance for you to win either way, you can further my chess education by revealing what is the Cardon Square, or let me in on the joke
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    Quote Originally Posted by PhilBourke
    I am still none the wiser, so here is a chance for you to win either way, you can further my chess education by revealing what is the Cardon Square, or let me in on the joke
    Sorry, Phil. Here is how I replied to Kaitlin via PM

    Cardon Square, or just the Square is a method to work out quickly whether a king can stop a pawn from queening. Imagine a square with one edge being the pawn's current square to the queening square. project this edge into a square in the direction of the opponent's king. This is the Cardon square. If the opponent's king can move into this square on his move then he can stop the pawn, otherwise he cannot.

    I have never heard this referred to as 'Cardon' square before, but I know the term is used in the chesskit training area and I believe this is what they are referring to.

    Hope this helps.
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    for those lower rated or not rated.....

    what is reti's idea in king and pawn endgames?
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    Question Q4

    In the sixth century the rules of Chess were expaned to see the Queen become the major influential piece. Explain in 20 words or less how this predicted the future and is representive of the true socio-gender workload inbalance.

    (see post 12 for todays serious question - as im sure this one is destined for the too hard basket )
    .. this Caketin is full of little spiders and watermelon seeds.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaitlin
    In the sixth century the rules of Chess were expaned to see the Queen become the major influential piece. Explain in 20 words or less how this predicted the future and is representive of the true socio-gender workload inbalance.

    (see post 12 for todays serious question - as im sure this one is destined for the too hard basket )
    Kaitlin, I'm glad somebody raised this issue at last, no matter how belatedly. I tried to draw attention to it on the Rooty Hill site a few months ago:

    Checkmate occurs when the king cannot avoid capture on the next move. He is spared the ignominy and disgrace of being led away in irons like some wanton criminal. Not so his consort. The queen enjoys no such immunity and it reflects poorly on the disciples of Germaine Greer and Amelia Bloomer that such a situation has been allowed to continue unremarked by modern feminists. The chess queen is no shrinking violet – she's a warrior nonpariel, an Amazon,and she deserves . . .
    If you want to read on, go to Sweet & Sour Chess at http://www.rootyhillchess.org/sweetsour.html
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    Question A4.

    Quote Originally Posted by Kaitlin
    In the sixth century the rules of Chess were expaned to see the Queen become the major influential piece. Explain in 20 words or less how this predicted the future and is representive of the true socio-gender workload inbalance. (see post 12 for todays serious question - as im sure this one is destined for the too hard basket )
    About 1580 an Italian suggested making the Queen the strongest piece instead of the weakest. The new game was nicknamed ‘Scacchi all rabiosa’ (crazy Chess) by the Italians, and by the French, ‘Echecs de la dame enragee’ (Chess of the maddened Queen). The average game was halved in length. ... so maybe they should have called it "the end of the lazy King Chess" - oh wait he is still lazy

    And as Dozy said:
    "Cherchez la reine — or, watch out for your queen!
    ...The chess queen is no shrinking violet – she's a warrior nonpariel, an Amazon,and she deserves ..." to WIN

    .. this Caketin is full of little spiders and watermelon seeds.....

    ..Chess is all about fear and psychology

    ..Chess is like an exam..... you havent studied for

    ..If you're good at Chess it means you are very intelligent and could potentialy do great things
    ..... but that you might have wasted that playing way too much chess

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