The most fragile and protected piece on the Chess board is the King: I find it interesting that the king has almost the least maneuverability of any piece (bar pawn), yet is often put in the position of having to run for his life from more mobile pieces near end-game.
My favourite on-screen monarch of all time is Miranda Richardson’s character “Queenie” from “The Black Adder II”: She portrayed an incredible mix of insanity, toddler and antichrist which will always make me giggle.
It is a well known fact that the clergy can be shifty: Moving on the diagonal, rather than straight up and down, this i the Bishop.
The knight is the most awkward of the court pieces at times, with it’s trademark “L” shaped move: I play reverse chess with a mate (*waves to Winston O’Boogie*) – the aim of reverse chess is to LOSE everything but the king. I find the Knight useful in this game indeed.
Continuing the exploration of court pieces, we move on from the Pawn to the Rook or Castle: I like this series – there is a visual similarity with the bases on all of these pieces and the tops are fairly easy to recognise. this one has a simple geometric turret atop the pillar.
We begin another Chess set, this time designed by Mark Kirschenbaum. This is his Pawn: A lovely little figurative foot soldier, lovely circular base and an interesting fold.
I once had a friend that could comfort me when I was sad, that I told all my secrets to, that kept me company when the lights went out, that never complained or criticised me, that joined in on all my adventures, that I loved completely and unconditionally. This is Ted, my bear: So a […]
Now I had relegated this model in to the “yeah, prolly not” pile but on a whim this morning thought I would give it a whirl: The detail here is amazing – propeller, landing gear, double wings with strut to keep them apart, tail, engine, reasonably shaped fuselage I would like to pretend this model came […]