Posts Tagged ‘unique chess sets’

Tuesday, June 29, 2010 @ 11:06 AM

For those just learning how to play chess, it can seem daunting. There are thousands of strategies and myriad possible moves each turn, and knowing how to develop a sound strategy can be confounding. While there is certainly more to know about chess than you could ever learn in a lifetime, offers some basic rules that will give anyone a solid foundation:

~Protect The King: As the most important piece in the chess set and centerpiece for the games, this should come as no surprise.

~Don’t Give Away Your Men: Many novice players will extend their pieces and become vulnerable in order to score a quick kill. It can be difficult to know how to value your pieces, so here is a guide to help:

*Pawn=1 *Knight=3 *Bishop=3 *Rook=5 *Queen=9

~Take Command of the Center: Assuming you control your side of the board, this will give you the majority of the playing space, allowing you more opportunities each turn.

~You Have 16 Pieces—Use Them All: Your pieces are only of use to you if they have access to the enemy or can protect another piece. Get them off the back row.

Thursday, April 29, 2010 @ 12:04 PM

After my youngest sister moved out of the house and my parents were left with an empty nest, they wasted no time in converting all of the kids’ bedrooms into areas more catered to their desires. My room, for example, became a sewing room for my mom while my brother’s was converted into an office for my dad. My sister’s room, which was by far the biggest, has been transformed into a pseudo rec room.

This is now the favorite retreat for the men in my family when we reconvene for family get-togethers. There are two large flat screens hanging on the wall, and the center of the room is filled with an antique billiards table. My dad has always been a fan of chess, and on my last visit, I noticed that the room was in dire need of a chessboard. So for his birthday last month, I purchased my dad a pair of luxury chess sets.

Thursday, March 18, 2010 @ 02:03 PM

Growing up, I always dreaded trips to my grandparents’ house. Don’t get me wrong, my grandparents are kind and loving people. Their home, however, is one of those stereotypical abodes that are more like a museum than a house.

All of their furniture and decorations are of the highest quality, and it makes you afraid to touch anything. There are no less than three china cabinets, all of which are chockfull of stemware, knickknacks and even glass chess sets. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve grown more comfortable in the house, but I am still careful about what items I touch and pickup.