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Two neighbors went from playing chess to physically fighting - leaving one Iowa City man dead. Police charged David Christian with second-degree homicide and public intoxication.

The 1st Mind Sports Games, a multi-game competition, is being held in Beijing. The events include chess, draughts (checkers), bridge, xiangqi and go. The event has attracted more than 3,000 players from 143 countries. There are thirty-five gold medals up for grabs.

China claimed their first gold metal yesterday when Wang Yang won the men’s rapid Xiangqi competition. Russian “Chess Queen” Alexandra Kosteniuk earned a gold metal in the women’s chess individual blitz competition.

The competitions will last until October 18th.

-SBR
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Reb Fountain, a New Zealand musician created a chessboxing themed music video.

-SBR
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The third meeting of the Abstract Strategy Game Club was the best yet. We played a four player chess variant called Sceptre 1027 AD. It was produced in 1986 by a company located in Indiana called Horizon Games, Inc.

The players may use up to nine boards to create the playing environment. The openness creates a chaotic atmosphere which is a bit overwhelming at first. The board sections have both dark and light squares (checkered) like chess, but have terrain which influences the way the pieces may move. It was a lot of fun, but we invested a lot of time learning the game. There were a lot of mistakes, mostly over confusion with the terrain, and illegal moves had to be taken back. We talked about playing it again next meeting, so we’ll see if the mistakes decrease and the strategy increases. Overall, we had a blast playing it, and if you can get your hands on a set, I recommend playing it with some of your more open-minded and patient friends.

-SBR
Abstract Strategy Games