Sunday, 24 November 2013

Some random observations on Transfer

Things I noticed at today's ACT Junior Chess League Transfer tournament (Bughouse to non-Australians)

  • Baker's Attack (1.Nf3 2.Ne5 3.Nxf7) still works like a charm
  • As Black 1.e4 Nf6 (intending Ne4xf2) was met by 2.Nc3 on at least 4 occasions!
  • The use of digital clocks take the fun out of 'sitting'
  • Too many players fail to use the pieces in front of them
  • Young players today are too polite to offer 'helpful' advice to their opponents
  • At least one team asked for a printed copy of the rules for transfer. I got quite an angry response when I said that the rules weren't printed, but passed down from generation to generation
  • If you keep checking, eventually you will find a mate
  • Too many young players play 'real' chess, missing the point of the game
  • But they do understand the 'fun' aspect of the game, and everyone had a good time

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