Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Prevent Cruelty to Chess Players

In honor of Garry Kasparov's entrance into the Russian presidential race, I wanted to talk to designers about their game boards.

There are rules! You can design all the damn gameboards you want but they will be useless unless you get it right. Let's just check out what the geeks over at the US Chess Federation have to say. When it comes to gameboards, it's "light on right." It's not just the USCF, either; those crazy kids over at the World Chess Federation (FIDE) say so too; see rule 2.1 in the FIDE handbook. Even the idiots at wikipedia get it right.

I know there are at least two designers who check in here every now and then. I hope they will help me spread this important message.

Help prevent cruelty to chess players.
Help prevent cruelty to chess players.
Help prevent cruelty to chess players.
Help prevent cruelty to chess players. (It would have been fine if she stopped at 8!)
Help prevent cruelty to chess players.
Help prevent cruelty to chess players.
Help prevent cruelty to chess players. (Eight, people, eight squares by eight squares.)

11 comments:

Kim said...

Hilarious post. Thank you for the PSA! I was considering stitching my first game board and didn't even think to check if it fit the regs.

anniebeez said...

OMG!!! You never cease to crack me up!! I wasn't going to do it...was resisting with every fiber..but that's it! I'm designin' a game board now!!! See what you've done!

Red said...
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Red said...

Primitive Needle gets a pass on their Hallow Game Board. They self-disclose a regulation game board is 8 by 8 squares and attribute theirs to "witches" checkers because 7 is a "magickal" number (their spelling not mine oh great English guru). :-)

Coral said...

Good call!

Mindi said...

I'm laughing out loud right now and the rest of the people in the office are wondering why! Hopefully your post will stop this horrible cruelty.

Michelle said...

I had no idea there were so many offenders!

Chelle said...

What a hoot! I didn't realize the LHN freebies were so out of whack. Of course, they would be simple to fix.

On the other hand maybe the chess players can just relax a little. Heck, it's only a few more squares. You know, kick back and go with the flow... Ok, maybe not.

monique said...

You don't know how much this makes me want to design a gameboard now LOL

I'd run it by you first, of course ;)

Anna van Schurman said...

I just want to share the message the dude sent me about this post:
"There you go--improving the world, one chessboard at a time."

At least someone appreciates me. :)

jo said...

I noticed another one in the October issue of the Gift of Stitching online magazine.

Now I'm going to go through my life noticing this thanks to you!