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 Astronaut Greg Chamitoff made his first move in the chess match against the world.  NASA and USCF have teamed up to create a Space vs. Earth chess match.  A chess team from Stevenson Elementary School in Bellevue, Washington is selecting four moves for the rest of us to vote on.  The move with the most votes will be played.  I voted for 1…Ng8-f6

 

-SBR
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Indianapolis Abstract Strategy Game Club successfully met for the second time Thursday night.  We played Othello, Checkers, Chess, and Tablut.  Our location is perfect because of the amount of available tables and chairs.  Meeting in an area in a grocery store allows members to eat dinner comfortably while playing.

According to the Liverpool Daily Post, the 4th EU Individual Open Chess Championships attracted sixty-five million web viewings.  This is a 250% increase over last year’s tournament, showing how Chess has continued to be incredibly popular through out the world.  This tournament was held at Liverpool’s World Museum, and had 150 players, including 50 Grandmasters.

-SBR
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Playing Othello at the Indianapolis Abstract Strategy Game Club

Thursday night marked the first Indianapolis Abstract Strategy Game Club meeting.  The meeting started at 6pm and ended around 9pm.  Othello was the game of choice, and looks like it may be a great gateway game.  We had at least one person walk bye and ask about Othello.  Thanks again to The Game Preserve for making the game donation.

-SBR
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On Wednesday Alexandra Kosteniuk won the Women’s World Chess Championship 2008 beating Hou Yifan, making her the new Queen of women’s chess. Alexandra has had an impressive chess career.  At 14 she became a chess grandmaster (youngest female ever), at 17 the European champion, at 20 an International Grandmaster, and now at 23 she is the Women’s World Chess Champion.

She has received extra attention in the past for mixing Chess with modeling.  She considers modeling a hobby that promotes chess.

I consider the fashion modelling only like a hobby, and I do it only to promote chess. I always insist that the magazines that invite me to model for them write an article about chess, I want more people to know about our wonderful game. There are practically no photo shoots where the readers don’t know that I am a chess player, it’s very important to me. I think the modelling helps chess as people find out that beauty and brains can go very well together.

-SBR
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Freeverse Software has made it easier for iPhone/iPod touch owners to play abstract strategy games.  They released Big Bang Board Games, software allowing users to play Chess, Backgammon, Checkers, Mancala, Reversi, 4-In-A-Row and Tic-Tac-Toe.  It’s available for purchase for $7.99.

Winner of multiple Apple Design Awards, the renowned Big Bang Board Games are now available on your iPhone and iPod Touch!

This classic collection includes all your favorites:
• Chess
• Backgammon
• Checkers
• Mancala
• Reversi
• 4-In-A-Row
• Tic-Tac-Toe

Sol and Luna, intergalactic spirits of the cosmos, are on hand to offer encouragement, taunt you, or even shoot lightning at your pieces if they become angry!

Featuring a full 3D environment, different piece sets, landscape and portrait mode, auto-saving, unlimited undo and animated talking opponents, the Big Bang Board Games packs a tremendous amount of entertainment into one App on your iPhone or iPod Touch.

-SBR
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The Game PreserveI just got back from shopping at The Game Preserve located in the Fashion Mall in Indianapolis, Indiana.  If you are in the area and if you are a gamer, you need to visit this store.  There is a huge selection of abstract strategy games.  Not only do they carry the classics like Go, Chess, and Reversi, but they also sell popular modern games like Hive, Pentago, and Quarto.  There is a dedicated Chess area displaying a variety of boards, pieces and clocks - I picked up a new roll-up tournament chess board with triple-weighted pieces.

Alex Andrews of The Game Preserve was kind enough to make a game donation to the Indianapolis Abstract Strategy Game Club.  I highly recommend this store for anyone planning on game shopping.  Their selection is the best around.  Also, be sure to sign up for their monthly newsletter.

-SBR
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International Gaming Photo Award 2008The first International Gaming Photo Award 2008 is being organized by the cultural association Jugamos Tod@s as part of the activities of the International Games Festival Cordoba 2008.  They are looking for up to five photos of games, or game playing - anyone may participate. They will select photos and exhibit them at the International Games Festival Cordoba 2008.  All participants who have their photos chosen will receive a certificate.  The first prize winner will also receive 500 €, and 150 €  towards games at masqueoca.com.

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This games festival is a perfect excuse to visit Cordoba, Spain.  I was impressed by Cordoba - it’s definitely worth the trip.  Interestingly, Chess is thought to have been introduced to Europe in Cordoba by a Persian musician from Baghdad, making the location very appropriate for a game festival.

-SBR
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Shogi - Japanese ChessShogi (Japanese Chess) joins Chess at Xbox Live Arcade. Like Xbox’s Chess, you choose to play a live person or an A.I. opponent.  Nintendo also released Shogi for their WiiWare, but it’s unavailable outside of Japan (for now).  Although Shogi is extremely popular in Japan, many game-players in the rest of the world are not familiar with Shogi - probably because of the Japanese characters representing the pieces.  Adding Shogi to a popular online game system, like Xbox, can only help expand Shogi’s popularity outside of Japan.

Features listed on xbox.com:

You may know chess, but do you know shogi? This challenging and exciting strategy game is arguably the most popular board game in Japan. Now, Shotest Shogi arrives on Xbox LIVE® Arcade with world-class A.I., 16 challenging computer opponents, online multiplayer, gorgeous 3-D boards, and a beautifully rendered Japanese setting. Shogi veterans can jump right in and play, while newcomers will learn the basics and finer points through animated tutorials and puzzles. Once you experience Shotest Shogi, you’ll understand why the Japanese are so fascinated with the game!

  • Interactive tutorial: Much more immersive than a simple walkthrough, the interactive tutorial has lessons and challenges to help the player learn the game and have fun.
  • Challenging opponents: Play against world-class game A.I., with sixteen opponents featuring a range of human-style play. In local career mode, unlock new opponents as you defeat them. Earn a higher rating as you successfully play career games.
  • CMultiplayer: Play online against some of the world’s greatest Shogi players on Xbox LIVE.
  • C3-D environments: Play in two beautiful Japanese locations, with realistic pieces on a Kaya-wood Goban board.
  • CAdd-on packs: Get the advanced Shogi teaching packs; it’s the easiest way to learn.

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-SBR
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Xiangqi Board

How about $40,000 and a free trip to Beijing? The World Mind Masters Limited (WMM), an international promoter of intellectual games has organized a Xiangqi (Chinese Chess) tournament open to anyone able to get online. The top thirty-two Xiangqi players get all-expenses paid trips to Beijing for a chance to go head-to-head against China’s top Xiangqi players.
 

Xiangqi, the Chinese version of Chess, is regularly played by over 200 million players within China and by many, many millions more worldwide.

Through World Mind Masters anyone can enter the World Xiangqi Masters Tournament FREE and EXCLUSIVELY online at www.worldmindmasters.com

World Mind Masters is the only professional international promoter of intellectual games events in China, and has established the official World Xiangqi Masters Tournament in partnership with China’s Ministry of Sport.

Everyone who enters for the online qualifying rounds has the chance to win a place to play against the top 12 players in China vying for the chance to win the Gold, Silver or Bronze medals and US$40,000 prize money.

The winners will be honoured at a highly-publicized official Medals Ceremony and Banquet in Beijing’s Great Hall of the People.

 

According to WMM’s latest news release they’ve received great interest, and have had one thousand qualifying matches played online. They’ve also successfully partnered with China’s leading online news and content internet portal Sina.com (a division of SINA Corporation). Sina.com is now the exclusive online media partner for the 2008 World Xiangqi Masters Tournament.

Apparently, WMM has plans to create other tournaments for games like Go, Shogi, Checkers and International Chess. If successful, these tournaments will give more global attention to abstract strategy games.

-SBR
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