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A Bulgarian grandmaster has begun 360 chess matches in an attempt to break the world record for the number of games played simultaneously.

Kiril Georgiev is working his way up and down rows of tables at which his rivals are seated, in the Inter Expo Center in the Bulgarian capital, Sofia.

He needs to win 80% of the games to beat a record set by Hungarian-American chess champion Susan Polgar in 2005.

She played 326 games, winning 309, drawing 14 and losing three.

On her blog, she advised the Bulgarian grandmaster to wear comfortable shoes.

Mr Georgiev is a three-time Bulgarian national champion and a former under-18 world champion, according to the Bulgarian News Network.

It said his opponents, ranging in age from children to pensioners, were chosen from a pool of 600.

I recently had someone ask me about the rules for Ringgz, a game from Blue Orange. They lost their instructions and were looking for guidance. Lucky for them I found the directions online, so if you need to check any of the rules for Ringgz, click here (pdf).

Ringgz has been very popular at my local game club - we’ve played it every week since we first bought the game. We created a house rule where no players may place a blocker for the first move. We found that if everyone immediately places a blocker, it makes for a really restricted (and boring) game.

Scott B Reynolds