It’s an Illusion!

Take a good look and decide which is the black knight and which is the white knight.  Then take a look at the squares that the knights are standing on  – which is the white square and which is the dark?

Hard to believe, but both knights, and both squares that they are standing on, are the same shade.  If you don’t believe this, you can cut holes in a piece of paper to show a small patch of each knight/square, or you can paste the image into a paint application and check the RGB properties.

This and other optical illusions can be found on the eChalk illusions page.

Newport Bishops 1.5 – 2.5 Malpas B

B-Team victorious!  Well done to Ron who defeated a rapidly-improving Luke Kostanjsek, and to Wyn who won against Howard James.

15/12/2010
Newport Bishops Malpas B
Luke Kostanjsek 1662 0 1 Ron Williams 1724
Beryl Hughes 1544 0.5 0.5 Farhan Shataly 1674
Howard James 1397 0 1 Wyn Howells 1616
Paul Kostanjsek 1339 1 0 Dave Roberts 1617
    1.5 2.5  

Malpas A 2.5 – 1.5 Newport B

A return to form by the A-Team, with one unlucky loss.  Well done to Nick who won his game! 

14/12/2010
Malpas A Newport B
Gary Thomas 1885 0.5 0.5 David Vaughan 1939
Steve Williams (Mal) 1792 1 0 Gordon Cadden 1842
Ron Williams 1724 0 1 Brian Heath 1699
Nick Davies 1720 1 0 Tony Brown 1675
    2.5 1.5  

NGA 0 – 4 Malpas C

A whitewash for the C-Team with two defaults to help things along.   Great stuff from Dave Williams and Simon Tang!

8/12/2010
NGA Malpas C
Zane Allford 1775 0 1 Dave Williams 1633
def u 0 1 def u
def u 0 1 def u
Alan Coles 1330 0 1 Simon Tang 1388
    0 4    

Claymation Chess !!

So this is what Morph is up to these days… click below to see this ingenious claymation chess video, played out to the music of Grieg’s “In the Hall of the Mountain King”.  

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXM3wrIhcwY

Kasparov @ Google

Here’s a fascinating session with Kasparov at the Google offices.  Mainly talking about chess!

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9hf31xOhchY

Malpas B 2.5 – 1.5 Newport Rooks

Well done to Wyn Howells and the ever-popular Mr Def for winning their games!

Malpas B Newport Rooks
Ron Williams 1724 0.5 0.5 Gordon Cadden 1842
Farhan Shataly 1674 0 1 Tony Brown 1675
Wyn Howells 1616 1 0 Roger Lockyer 1117
def u 1 0 def u
    2.5 1.5    

Abergavenny C 1 – 3 Malpas C

Once again Malpas C show their mettle.  Congrats to Dave and Mark who won their games!

Abergavenny C Malpas C
Brian Ross 1521 0.5 0.5 Nick Davies 1720
Tony Davies 1449 0 1 Dave Williams 1633
Jeremy Pye u 0 1 Mark Emblem 1517
John Hermann u 0.5 0.5 Simon Tang 1388
    1 3  

Malpas A 1 – 3 Abergavenny B

Well done to Ron and Nick for scoring some points in this one!

Malpas A Abergavenny B
Steve Williams (Mal) 1792 0 1 Mark Adams 2041
Ron Williams 1724 0.5 0.5 Douglas Spencer 1965
Nick Davies 1720 0.5 0.5 Andrew Owen 1779
Farhan Shataly 1674 0 1 John O’Shea 1595
    1 3