miércoles, 23 de mayo de 2018

14th The last one

Let’s go with the last one.

It’s been a wonderful year, I have learnt a lot and I do hope you too.

The last activity

I want to thank everyone of the participants, parents and teachers. Your feedback has been simply amazing.

That is the aim of this final activity:

I want to receive pictures, drawings, videos… related to CHESSGAMES.

I mean all the chess games you think can be original, curious, odd.

  • Because of the materials they are made of
  • Because the place where you found it
  • Because of the size
  • Because they are strange.

In short I want all of you participate and collaborate with this easy and simple activity.

I am going to post some of them but I rather prefer your contributions.

For instance, Cascanueces and Pepaiti (Logroño – Jesuítas) found a curios chess game in London (UK)

This chess game is made out of onyx and it is from Mexico Thanks to Tomás and Jeanette for this wonderful present.

I found this chess game in a purse. It is a small portable magnetic chessgame:

There are many other examples:

Now it is your turn.

One more challenge before ending:

Try to solve this challenge and send me your solutions during the next two weeks, or just think about it during your vacations

White pieces play and win in two moves:
The hint there is a lethal combination when a Bishop and a Knight put their strength together.

See you soon

Profesor Jake

miércoles, 9 de mayo de 2018

13th More A.N. and sacrifice your Queen

Activity 13th 

It is known as a bad luck number but it isn’t. I do think it is going to be fantastic and we are going to learn a lot about our favorite game.

Last week we worked with the Algebraic Notation but just the position of the pieces and you did it fantastically as you can see in the solutions.

Let’s go further with this exercise.

When we need to write down the moves we and our opponent make during a Chess Game is because we can learn from our mistakes, or to review how the game has been.

Short Algebraic Notation is the most common form used in any Chess Book.

As we know the pieces are:
K: King (R in Spanish)
Q: Queen (D in Spanish)
R: Rook (T in Spanish)
N: Knight the K cannot be repeated (C in Spanish)
B: Bishop (A in Spanish)
(blank): Pawn (en blanco in Spanish)

The board squares are identified by their coordinates a letter in lower case (column) followed by a number (file or row)
From a1 to h8 the 64 squares:

In Short Algebraic Notation the format for recording moves is:
Piece (abbreviation) target square

For Instance:
The Pawn is moving from c2 to c4, as we know the pawn has not any symbol this move would be: c4
The Knight is moving from g1 to f3: Nf3
The Rook is moving from h8 to h4: Rh4


They are indicated with an “x”.
The Pawn is capturing the Rook: Symbol + position column-file): xc6
The Queen: Dxh4


For this move we use the “=” sign

For example:

a2=Q (could be: B, N, R)

Castling King side (enroque corto): 0-0
Castling Queen side (enroque largo): 0-0-0


Check: +

The Knight gives Check to the white King: Ne2+ and the white King has escape.

Check Mate ++

The white Knight has moved to f7 while the Bishop on e4 is covering the only escape for the black King so it is Check Mate: Nf7++

Well there are some more NOTATIONS but I think it has been enough for this week.

Now the activity for beginners:

You have to send me the algebraic notation for the moves indicated by the arrows. I know you can do it.



There are 3 answers for this activity and the "?" (question mark) means you can choose one piece.


The second activity is another problem where we have to find out how to win a Chess Game
This time the black pieces win the game and here you are a couple of clues:

There is a surprising move for the opponent when sacrificing our Queen.

Second hint: although everybody knows the Queen is the most valuable piece and in the contrary the PAWN is usually looked down.



Here you are the LAST ONE

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