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  1. Standard member MetBierOp
    Dutch
    21 Aug '09 23:08
    Hello I am searching on the web for the somewhat rare combination of humor and chess.

    Once a week I teach chess to beginners, (age 6-65, but mostly under 12)
    I would like to add some funny cartoons and/or phrases between the assignments I hand them. Offcourse I use Google, but perhaps does someone here also have a good link for me.

    It would be appreciated
  2. Standard member hunterknox
    Hopeless romantic
    21 Aug '09 23:52
    Went down to London this week and finally got me a copy of Rampant Chess by our very own Greenpawn. Sir, it's exactly what you need.
  3. 22 Aug '09 02:14
    http://www.chessville.com/Editorials/cartoons.htm

    http://www.chessville.com/ArtFictionandHistoryindex.htm
  4. 22 Aug '09 02:31
    Hi

    Good plug but perhaps RP is a bit too deep for learners.
    Some of the gags would go over their heads untyil they are
    more seasoned players.

    (You enjoying the book - are you amused and are you learning things?)

    Lift wjhat ever you want from The Corner - there are cartoons
    and alike on there all over the place.

    I have an idea - I have all the pics somewhere
    I lift what I think are funny and drop them on an unused corner
    and post the link.

    I think putting across your love of the game and showing the
    game can be fun is very important to catch and hook beginners.

    A couple of joke games always kicks off a session well and
    they can be very instructive and thought provoking.

    I was showing this one to all from GM's to No M's at the Scottish.
    You just got to laugh.

    It's is from an actual game - this actually happened in an OTB game.

    1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 exd4 4. Nxd4 Nxd4 5. Qxd4

    Okay we start from here.



    Seeing no way to take advantage of the centralised Queen.

    Here you point out after 5...c5 the Queen can move but the
    weakness created by the pawn push remains.
    (silly pawns moves - common students error - nip it in the bud).

    Your next game can be a Black loss where 5...c5 turned out to be critical.

    I just dug this out from the RHP database. Game 2317963
    just a few minutes ago.

    5...c5 played it's part in Black downfall - ask the Black d-pawn
    that was left backward on an open file.

    It's actually a very good game by White - you can transpose it
    to the Scotch. (or show how one opening can easily go into another).

    1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 exd4 4. Nxd4 Nxd4 5. Qxd4 c5 6. Qd3 Nf6 7. Nc3

    And you have the actual position from the afor mentioned game
    that began 1.Nf3.

    Back to the game and your class.

    So Black comes up with a plan - Queens off.

    5...Qf6



    Swapping Queens develops the Black Knight.
    So White declines the offer and gains a cramping tempo hitting
    the Queen.

    6.e5 Qb6.
    Black sticks to his plan of getting the Queens off.



    And again White declines the offer, it would open the a-file
    for the Black Rook.
    A good time to slip in how doubled pawns need not be feared.

    Best to get that across before they read a chess book and start
    swapping good pieces for bad pieces just to double pawns thinking
    the game now wins itself.
    A little bit of knowledge is very dangerous and digging double pawn
    phobeia out of a player can take ages.

    So White played 7.Qc3



    And although at this moment the Queen has 8 safe squares
    she can go to. She aint going nowehere after 7....Bb5.

    (Colin McNab said you should never change a plan and
    said Black should have played 7...Qb5!! - he was joking)

    Properly done you could hold and teach a class of beginners
    with just those 7 moves.

    An instructive joke game with a lovely punch line.

    Hmmm....'Instructrive Joke Games' by Chandler & Ruxton.
    I'll do the opening traps, Keith can do the endings.

    (yes endings too have their moments - who has not laughed
    at stalemate or an under promotion trick)

    We will have knocked up by next weekend - £9.95 from Bates Motel Games.

  5. 22 Aug '09 08:46
    A good friend of mine owns a t-shirt company, and I try to contribute some funny one liners and novel ideas, but as I play more chess, by t-shirt ideas are becoming more and more skewed toward the esoteric.

    For example, I suggested a shirt that read: Vampires Suck.

    Not very creative, but still, hopefully enough to tickle one's funny bone.

    Anyway, I had an idea for a chess t-shirt that read:

    1. e3# pwned!

    A play on the term pwned and it's resemblance to the word pawned

    I amaze myself at how clever I am.

    But he rejected it, based on the assumption that there would be maybe six people who would get the joke, as one would have to understand algebraic notation and appreciate irony.
  6. 22 Aug '09 14:05
    Tell a beginner you're going to play left-handed to help even things up.
  7. Standard member MetBierOp
    Dutch
    22 Aug '09 15:09
    Thanks all!

    Great game greenpawn
  8. 22 Aug '09 15:17
    I'm with you - I've played a few folks who are really funny, but you're right - it's a rare combination. I'll gladly try a game with you any time.
  9. 22 Aug '09 15:22
    As to your original question, and off the top of my head:

    Check it out
    My pawn is smarter than your honor student

    I'll think of more and post them here.
  10. Standard member bill718
    Enigma
    22 Aug '09 20:01
    Originally posted by MetBierOp
    Hello I am searching on the web for the somewhat rare combination of humor and chess.

    Once a week I teach chess to beginners, (age 6-65, but mostly under 12)
    I would like to add some funny cartoons and/or phrases between the assignments I hand them. Offcourse I use Google, but perhaps does someone here also have a good link for me.

    It would be appreciated
    Well...here is a chessplayer joke to start:

    Q: How do you set a chessplayer up in a small business?

    A: Give him a big business and wait 6 months!!
  11. 22 Aug '09 20:50
    Yay chess jokes.

    Q: What does a Grand Master do to relax?
    A: He takes a night off

    Phil. (not going anywhere near 'mating with two bishops' or 'pawn/porn' gags)
  12. 22 Aug '09 21:08
    I heard that joke two knights ago.

    How many chess players does it take to change a lightbulb?

    None - they get Fritz to do it for them.
  13. 23 Aug '09 00:21
    This is linked to in Winston's post above, but I think it's worth a special mention:

    http://www.chessville.com/misc/Fiction/MeasureYourChessAggressiveness.htm

    It's very old, but makes me laugh every time I read it
  14. 23 Aug '09 00:58
    Hi

    Used old space on Corner - have grabbed just a few including
    a few of the Chess badges I designed for all the clubs in Edinburgh.
    Also there is lifted cartoons from other sources.

    Take anything and tamper with it - do what you will.

    http://www.chessedinburgh.co.uk/chandlerarticle.php?ChandID=7