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Harry Potter + Chess

1.99 for issue 1. Then 3.99 per issue.

Of course I bought one of these. I was going to be canny
and buy two. (that way I would get two Black Rooks at the
introductory cheap price. Call me Mister Thrifty).


Alas and alack. It does appear this is going to run to six issues only.
Next week you are getting a White Knight and White Pawn.
The idea being to re-create the final Chess game from the film.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.

This is not a moan by the way. A complete set would cost 94.68
and have to run to at least 32 issues. (33 with the board).

The pieces you are given have special effects.
Exploding Pawns, Magnetic bases with a magic wand to move them
about, glowing Queens and some pieces have their own sound effects.

(The magic wand has caused a wee bit of a stir in the Chandler household.
I was trying to turn the cats into greyhounds but accidently turned
my wife into a frog. She insists that I kiss her to turn her back.
Nah. At my age I'd rather have a talking frog.)

Issue One includes the rules of Chess (well explained),
leading onto a game featuring Legal's mate.

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bc4 Bg4 4.Nc3 g6 5.Nxe5 Bxd1 6.Bxf7+ Ke7 7.Nd5 mate.

In next weeks issue you will receive a cardboard
board with Chessmen and more Chess lessons.

This is great for Chess.
Harry Potter is massive and if just one in every hundred Potter fans
takes up the game then you are talking thousands of new players.

Marketing wise I think they have it just right. 32/33 issues would
be far too many and the kids would get bored. This way they are getting
the key pieces, a full set plus some Chess pointers written by someone
who seems to know something about the game.

Value for money I think. I only have the one Rook but it is
weighty and beautifully produced. I fully expect the rest of
the men to have the same quality. None of the Harry Potter
mechandise is shoddy - (don't get me started on Star Wars).

For more information call 0870 890 0130
or visit the Deagostini Website

Now correct me if I'm wrong, but is it not Harry's mate Ron Weasley
who is the better chess player.

So maybe that is the next idea.

A chess book written by Ron Weasley
'How I Won the Hogwart's School Chess Championship.'
You could have him beating Malfoy in the final.
Of course Malfoy would be cheating (topical).

Here is the final game. Ron (black) has just found out that Malfoy
has cast a spell on the board that if black still has two
Rooks at the end of the game then they will release a curse
that will turn Ron's hair ginger. (er......Ed).
This is the position with Ron to play.

18...Bd4+ 19.Kc1 Rb1+ 20.Kxb1 Rb8+ 21.Kc1 Bb2+ 22.Kb1 Na3 mate.

Here is the complete game.
It is actually me (Black) playing some Internet Bod a few days ago.
And yes I did sac my Rook rather than mate him. (18...Na3 mate).
Why not. I like using all my pieces and anyway, I pay their wages.
(my Queen sac is slightly unsound but good for a laugh in 5 minute chess).

Together white's second and third moves are hilarious.
"I think I'll play the Morra Gambit - OOPS forgot the theory.
Never mind I'll take back the pawn."

One other point of instructive interest is white's 18.Qd5.
He can see the discovered check will win his Queen so he takes
her off a black square thus missing the mate in one idea.
Sigmund Freud would make merry with such play but it's not an uncommon blunder.

"The player saves the damsel in distress (the Queen) but misses the threat, or
he does not want to see the threat to his father (the King).

Hitting the Queen with hidden tricks against a King often succeeds.

[Click here to replay the game]
Malfoy - xxxxxx

1.e4 c5 2.d4 cxd4 3.Qxd4 Nc6 4.Qd1 g6 5.Be3 Bg7 6.Nc3 d6 7.Bc4 Nf6 8.Nf3 0-0 9.Qd3 Bg4 10.0-0-0 Qa5 11.Nd5 Bxf3 12.gxf3 Nxd5 13.Qxd5 b5 14.Qxb5 Ne5 15.Qxa5 Nxc4 16.Qg5 Bxb2+ 17.Kb1 Rab8 18.Qd5 Bd4+ 19.Kc1 Rb1+ 20.Kxb1 Rb8+ 21.Kc1 Bb2+ 22.Kb1 Na3

OK that's it - The Harry Potter Chess publication is
well recommended - (get it just for the wand and zap things.)

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