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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Triple sundae of chess trivia - Halloween chess tourney, zombie playing chess and sideways chess

Chess news and chess trivia blog (c) Alexandra Kosteniuk, 2010

Hi Everybody,

We had three interesting bits of chess trivia news to share with you this morning. All from different places though but very interesting. Just to give you an idea - if you love chess once, you just love it all the time no matter what the theme of the season or the situation!

The first snippet we found was at the NY Times blog here.

A woman dressed as a zombie played chess in Union Square in Manhattan on Tuesday. She was there as part of a promotion for the new AMC network series 'The Walking Dead'. Photo: Stan Honda/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

How cool is that? But hang on. We found this interesting chess tournament invitation also. After all, it's Halloween time. The Dayton Chess Club has gone on to organise a chess tournament with a 'nice' theme.

The second annual Frankenstein-Dracula Halloween Thematic Quick Tournament with the Frankenstein-Dracula variation of the Vienna Game is being held on October 30 by the Club at 18 West 5th Street, Dayton, OH 45402.

What exactly is this 'scary' variation? It's 1. e4 e5, 2. Nc3 Nf6, 3. Bc4 Nxe4, 4. Qh5 Nd6, 5. Bb3 Nc6, 6. Nb5 g6, 7. Qf3 f5, 8. Qd5 Qe7, 9. Nxc7+ Kd8, 10. Nxa8 b6 with White to move. You can find more details on the variation here.

Our third trivia item today is not scary yet about how resourceful love of chess can make you. It is about this father-son duo who had to play chess at the East River promenade but the attendant had painted the chessboard wrong!

Well! They simply played chess sideways! How cool. You can read the full story here.


Jean Manas and his son, Mateos Haile-Manas, 6, playing chess on the East River promenade last week with the pieces set up sideways to adjust for the fact that the table was painted sideways by a parks worker. The problem has since been fixed. Photo: Nicole Bengiveno/The New York Times

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