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  1. 04 Dec '05 14:36
    Where could I find definitions for the following terms:

    Queen's Gambit
    King's Gambit
    "Developping" a piece

    I hear them used a lot in chess games, but I never knoiw what they mean. Any help?
  2. 04 Dec '05 14:40
    Originally posted by Panzer22
    Where could I find definitions for the following terms:

    Queen's Gambit
    King's Gambit
    "Developping" a piece

    I hear them used a lot in chess games, but I never knoiw what they mean. Any help?
    http://www.wikipedia.org/ for the first two.

    Developing a piece is moving it from its starting square to a better one.
  3. 04 Dec '05 14:52
    thanks a lot man
  4. Subscriber sonhouse
    Fast and Curious
    04 Dec '05 15:20 / 3 edits
    Originally posted by Panzer22
    Where could I find definitions for the following terms:

    Queen's Gambit
    King's Gambit
    "Developping" a piece

    I hear them used a lot in chess games, but I never knoiw what they mean. Any help?
    The thing about 'developing' that is important to remember is this:
    Most of the major pieces, with the exception of the rooks, get
    stronger in the center of the board.
    Therefore when you develop a piece you are putting it on a square
    that gets it closer to the center. In general terms, the more
    squares a piece covers, can go to or attack at the same time,
    the stronger the piece becomes.
    Take the Knight.
    Put it in the corner of the board.
    It can only go to 2 squares from that position.
    Now put it in any of the 16 center squares.
    It can now cover 8 squares.
    That makes the same piece four times stronger in the center than
    the corner which is why the four corner squares are occupied in the
    opening by rooks. Rooks are the exception.
    They don't much give a shite where they are located, they can
    cover the same number of squares just as well in the corner as in
    the center but its one of the last ones you develop, you try to get
    your knights and bishops and a few center pawns attacking into the
    center as quickly as possible, THEN get the rooks in position, which
    usually means they are still on the back rank because they cover just
    as much territory there as anywhere else, and the queen the last to
    come on to the playing field and get involved. Little guys first (knights
    and bishops and center pawns) rooks next, which with castling
    does double duty by getting the king the hell out of the way in the
    relative safety of the back side left or right and the rooks starting to
    get in play, castling does that in one move.
    Then get the queen into action but not before.
    Its like on a battlefield of 15th century england, the cavlary, knights
    an archers come out, THEN the king somewhere behind them because
    if you lose the king, you lose the game. Or the Queen in the case
    of chess, lose that and its mostly over.
    Kings gambit and queens gambit are about the pawns to the left of
    the queen or to the right of the king being at least potentially
    sacrificed in order to distract the other side and get what is called
    "tempo" out of the sacrifice. Tempo is where you get a lead in
    development of your minor or major pieces usually because the
    opponent brings out a strong piece, say a rook, and it gets attacked
    by something smaller, say a pawn or a knight, this gives the attacker
    basically a free move because the knight attacking the rook usually
    gets closer to the center and is hopefully protected which makes
    that side have a better position to further its attack or make its
    position generally stronger and the other side is forced to move back
    its big piece, rook or queen say, and a lot of times thats all it takes
    to get a real attack going that can win the game. So the Kings and
    queens gambit is the start of something like that to get faster
    development, get more pieces in play quicker than the other guy.
    The next step is to recognize tactical patterns that can USE those
    pieces but thats another and much longer story.
    If you look at someones profile you can find all the games they
    played, take a look at mine if you wish, go to sonhouse
    profile then my public games and just take any one at random
    and play it over. You will quickly see what is going on in development
    and such and I happen to play the kings gambit a bit so you should
    be able to find a few of those tucked in there also. Not that I am
    such a master but being in the middle of the ladder strength-wise,
    looking at my games won't be so much of a mystery as looking
    at the top ten, the attacks and responses are pretty obvious,
    especially in my early games where I was playing a lot of beginners
    and winning most of my games. I found out the hard way there
    are strong players here too!
  5. Standard member Bowmann
    Non-Subscriber
    04 Dec '05 15:35
    Originally posted by sonhouse
    ...but thats another and much longer story.
    Oh my God!
  6. 04 Dec '05 15:50
    Originally posted by sonhouse
    The thing about 'developing' that is important to remember is this:
    Most of the major pieces, with the exception of the rooks, get
    stronger in the center of the board.
    Therefore when you develop a piece you are putting it on a square
    that gets it closer to the center. In general terms, the more
    squares a piece covers, can go to or attack at the same ...[text shortened]... ners
    and winning most of my games. I found out the hard way there
    are strong players here too!
    Good post!

    One other thing to point out about central location of pieces is that, yes, as the Queen and this minor pieces (Bishop and Knight) are placed closer to the center, the number of squares that they can attack increases.

    It's also true that, in the center, they can also defend the greatest number of squares from the enemy as well. Central location can be an important factor for both offense and defense.
  7. Subscriber sonhouse
    Fast and Curious
    04 Dec '05 17:22
    Originally posted by Bowmann
    Oh my God!
    You know, you are the kind of guy who, asking for two eggs for
    breakfast, one scrambled and one fried, then when you get them,
    yell, You scrambled the wrong one.
  8. Standard member Bowmann
    Non-Subscriber
    04 Dec '05 18:16
    Originally posted by sonhouse
    You know, you are the kind of guy who, asking for two eggs for
    breakfast, one scrambled and one fried, then when you get them,
    yell, You scrambled the wrong one.
    Well, I suppose you're right about that.
    But after specifying which ought to be which,
    I'd expect the breakfast to arrive that way.
  9. Standard member buffalobill
    Major Bone
    04 Dec '05 18:41
    Originally posted by Bowmann
    Well, I suppose you're right about that.
    But after specifying which ought to be which,
    I'd expect the breakfast to arrive that way.
    Who asks for eggs done two different ways? And why?
  10. 04 Dec '05 19:14
    Maily perverts, I suspect.

    And because they are perverts, which follows.
  11. Subscriber AThousandYoung
    Gonzalo de Córdoba
    04 Dec '05 20:42
    Originally posted by buffalobill
    Who asks for eggs done two different ways? And why?
    Your eggs are hung two different ways. One higher, one lower. It follows that any pair of eggs should be prepared differently. It's clearly God's will.
  12. Standard member Bowmann
    Non-Subscriber
    04 Dec '05 21:14
    Originally posted by sjeg
    Maily perverts, I suspect.
    Never trust a postman.
  13. Standard member Amaurote
    No Name Maddox
    04 Dec '05 21:41 / 1 edit
    Maily perverts, I suspect
    Fondle parcels, intercept
    Things I send from A to B
    Spermazoid delivery
  14. Standard member Wulebgr
    Angler
    04 Dec '05 21:52
    Originally posted by Amaurote
    Maily perverts, I suspect
    Fondle parcels, intercept
    Things I send from A to B
    Spermazoid delivery
    well played!
  15. 05 Dec '05 11:51
    Originally posted by Amaurote
    Maily perverts, I suspect
    Fondle parcels, intercept
    Things I send from A to B
    Spermazoid delivery
    Strange offspring then ensue
    Postman, milkman, don't know who
    Alien baby landed near Perth
    Uglier than an afterbirth

    P.S. Just read about the large meteorite burning up over Australia, hence the inspiration.