Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Fictitious Chess Boards

I'm a fairly late adopter of a lot of internet trends. One fad that passed me by was Second Life, which is a free form 3d virtual world. However I thought it was time to dip my toe in the virtual pool, and decided to create a virtual me. It was a fairly easy task, so much so that after 5 minutes I wondered what the fuss was about. So I went looking for a chess club. Turns out they exist in Second Life, although when I visited, there was no one about. But the boards were set up, and as it turns out, quite usable. So with no one to play, I did a little bit of analysis of one of my correspondence games, and even found a winning line (I'll publish the game once it is over).
The place where I've spotted a virtual chess board is in the game Call of Duty Black Ops (played by my son on a regular basis). In one of the multiplayer maps there is a house with a chess set in the living room. My son even took time out from trying to shoot his 12 year old friends in the head to try and analyse the position on the board. However he quickly noticed that the designers had committed the cardinal sin of placing the board around the wrong way (bottom right hand square was black) and decided to put three shots into board instead.


OzChess.com said...

That sounds a little violent.

Anonymous said...


I'll be weary of that next time I play Harry.


Shaun Press said...

It is violent, and something his father actively discourages.

Poker Clay Chips said...

Hi Dude,

A chessboard is the type of checkerboard used in the board game chess, and consists of 64 squares arranged in two alternating colors light and dark. It is as much as a part of the display the set. Thanks a lot.