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Wizard’s Chess Club: where all students of varying skill can play against each other.

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  1. What's new in this club
  2. Davis Turlough

    Welcome!

    I'd love to try a game if anyone wants to play!
  3. I see some new members are joining us for Chess Club. Anyone interested in a game?
  4. Killian Dracel

    Before You Start Your Thread

    UNUSED BOARDS If you would rather not wait for me to provide you with a link to your chess match, here are some pre-made links that you may snag. Simply edit the title of the spreadsheet to NAME vs NAME, and I will eventually delete the thread from this list. Plain Boards: Board 1, Board 2, Board 3, Board 4 Slytherin Boards: Board 1, Board 2, Board 3 Hufflepuff Boards: Board 1, Board 2, Board 3 Gryffindor Boards: Board 1, Board 2, Board 3 Ravenclaw Boards: Board 1, Board 2, Board 3
  5. Killian Dracel

    The Basics

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  6. Jaxon Sinclair

    Mati vs. Jaxon

    Jack watched one of his pieces smash through one of Mati's not long into the game. At least there was that. His game with Killian had dragged on quite awhile before he'd managed to take a piece at all. Tapping his fingers against the table, he surveyed the board from behind his glasses. How had he ended up in chess club again? Oh, right. Alister. That was how. He'd spent far too long trying to outplay his cousin, which really wasn't fair, all things considered. Alister could see the future. That seemed like a vast advantage over the rest of the world. Advantage enough that he'd given up sports at Hogwarts, at least, but somehow still found it in his heart to butcher Jack at chess every chance that he got. "Charms," he mused out loud. "Very high level charms, I imagine. Or runes, maybe. Your move."
  7. Mati Kildare

    Mati vs. Jaxon

    The Hufflepuff boy was practically buzzing with happiness as the game got underway. He stayed mostly quiet, though, content with the silent exchange happening on the board for a little while. There was little violence, only the shattered remains of one of his pawns had been moved off into the graveyard to heal. As he started to gain a strategy, Mati attempted to start up some small talk, "any idea how they make these boards magical? I was talking with @Radueriel Benson last year and I thought it would be cool to carve and magick a magical creatures chessboard. Puffskein pawns, dragon knights, stuff like that." He looked up from the board to study his opponents expression, hand blindly reaching for a breakfast sausage from a nearby platter.
  8. Jaxon Sinclair

    Mati vs. Jaxon

    Jack had spent an obscene amount of time at the Hufflepuff table the year before, crashing his sister's relationship with Nox Bordelon, but since then, he'd spent a majority of his mornings with the Ravenclaws, only occasionally interloping with the Hufflepuffs when @Adrina Althaus-Valerio said hello to him in the morning. It wasn't Adrina that morning, however, but Mati Kildare, a boy he'd only ever really interacted with in class. Still, they were in a club together and so it seemed impolite to say no. That, combined with the challenge that followed...well, Jack had never been one to walk away from a thrown gauntlet, so to speak. Shrugging his bag from his shoulder, the Slytherin sat down. "I think I can give you a difficult game, at the very least."
  9. "Ohayo! Sinclair!" Mati waved over-enthusiastically to @Jaxon Sinclair as he passed near the breakfast-laden Hufflepuff table. Mati had already been awake for a couple of hours and was quite excited to use the chessboard his aunt had sent him last year. It seems that there was enough interest in the game to start a club, and clubs meant friends. He slid a plate of hashbrowns and platter of scrambled eggs aside to make space before plopping down the wizarding chess set onto the table. "Care for a game? I've only really played @Radueriel Benson, think you can beat me?" He grinned a playful challenge, motioning to the seat across from him
  10. River Wolfe

    Killian vs River

    Move #10 A small smile came across River's face, he had never heard Killian give a complement before, more or less to him. A small boost in confidence over came River, of course for not too long a another one of his chess pieces had been sacrificed for the name of the game. Then something weird happened. Was Killian asking River how he was feeling? Outrage was the only thing the fourth year could as the other should already know why River was ' not as annoying as you were last year' "You should know why," River huffed, "I more or less asked the whole year to attend my parents funeral." A somber feeling now arose in River, it upset him that he had sent out more than a hundred cards with information, and only a hand full of their year even showed up. "Your go."
  11. Killian Dracel

    Example Match: Jaxon vs Killian

    "Yeah, well, you're related, so..." That clearly explained it. Killian wished he had grown up with other family that would have his back no matter what. "Honestly, I just don't care anymore? She was a pain in my arse in the beginning--still sort of is--but I'm not interested in starting something for the sake of starting something, y'know?" He watched his pieces, and there was that familiar sinking feeling in the pit of his stomach as he realized... "I'm so screwed." Damn, this board sucked. "Yeah, well, chess isn't for everyone," he murmured. And then he met Jaxon's gaze. "That does sound like it would suck, and I wouldn't even entertain the match-up," Killian laughed, and watched as his King was surrounded by Jaxon's pieces. "Bullocks. That's checkmate." Frowning, he watched as the little King dropped his sword in surrender. "Well, Jack--d'you mind if I call you Jack?--that was a really good game. Clearly, I need to practice more." He held out his fist for a solidarity bump. "Next week, we should play again."
  12. Jaxon Sinclair

    Example Match: Jaxon vs Killian

    "Not to me, she doesn't." He lifted his shoulders. There was a silent truce between Jack and Maggie. They may have bickered and occasionally poked fun at each other, but they were never intentionally malicious with each other. They had a united front. They had to. With a younger sibling like Adam Sinclair, a united front was a necessary survival strategy. Flinching, Jack watched one of his own knights slaughtered and dragged away. Casually, he ordered another piece forward. "Maggie doesn't have the patience for chess," he admitted, though he didn't add that he also doubted she had the brains for it. Killian Dracel didn't need more fuel to use in his little campaign against his sister. "I play my cousin. Ever played someone that can see the future?" He raised an eyebrow. "Because it sucks, man."
  13. Killian Dracel

    Example Match: Jaxon vs Killian

    "Well, this is embarrassing," Killian said as he observed the board. Clearly this lad had played a game or two in his day, and though Killian enjoyed it, he certainly didn't realize he was this bad. Still, even though it was losing, it was rather entertaining to watch the pieces fight. He just never expected Jaxon to have taken so many of his prominent pieces and he hadn't taken a single one. "Yeah, well," he said, absently, "she's in my year, so I can say it, too. Besides, she gives as good as she gets, wouldn't you say?" Maggie Sinclair... how did she come to be the topic of their conversation? Sighing, he looked at the board. "What the hell, mate? Are you a Chess prodigy and just didn't tell me? Do you... play your sister or something? I imagine she'd play chess. She seems to have a calculating mind."
  14. Jaxon Sinclair

    Example Match: Jaxon vs Killian

    Jack would not have put it past someone as seemingly high-strung as that Hufflepuff girl to have a whipping boy. Then again...there were other circumstances to consider. "I doubt it," he eventually said, watching his bishop smash through Killian's knight, dragging the figure off of the horse and throwing it sideways from the board in a heap of rubble. Oh, how satisfying it was to destroy things. "I mean, she ended up with that attitude for a reason, yeah? If I behaved like that, my mother would have dragged me away by the ear. Hers obviously didn't. No discipline? No whipping boy." He lifted his shoulders in a shrug. "She probably belongs in a cage with the other base primates, anyway. Flinging literal sh...never mind." The appearance of their staff sponsor silenced him quickly. Jack's face lifted, surprise in his features, and he flashed a brittle grin. "Hey, I can say that because she's my sister. I mean, you're right, but still..."
  15. Killian Dracel

    Example Match: Jaxon vs Killian

    To Post #10 Killian raised his eyebrows as the lifestyle of one @Margot du Courtois was becoming oh so clear. "She probably has a Whipping Boy, too," he mused aloud. This game felt like it was building towards something. He could see the precarious position many pieces were in now, but he couldn't afford to lose his cool now. It was just a game, after all. "You know, for when she does the crime, the Whipping Boy takes her punishment. "Good lad, but it's also not hard to beat your sister," he said, knowingly. "It really irks her. My mums are constantly on me to keep my grades up, and start researching things outside of what Hogwarts teaches us. D'you think I should trap her in a cage again? That Margot girl, I mean."
  16. Jaxon Sinclair

    Example Match: Jaxon vs Killian

    Jack hummed thoughtfully, surveying the board as Killian spoke. He had heard of it from Dorian, who had heard about it from another first year, all of it regarding some Hufflepuff brat named Margot. "Word travels fast when someone is as awful as she's supposed to be," he drawled, propping his chin up in his palm. "Another first year talked to me about it in the dueling chamber. Something about she wants her 'handmaiden' to come with her to Hogwarts." He paused for a moment and wrinkled his nose. "Who even calls people handmaidens anymore?" The further questioning caught him off guard as Jack ordered his Knight to another square. Still no smashing, unfortunately. "Os," he answered flatly. "Anything less would bring down the ire of my father. Also...I like being better than my sister."
  17. Killian Dracel

    Example Match: Jaxon vs Killian

    To Post #5 "I did," Killian confirmed with a nod. He looked from the board to Jaxon, curiously. It wasn't like he was in that class, so that must mean word was traveling around the castle. Oddly, it was satisfying to know. "But, I didn't leave her there," he added for good measure. "She just deserved a little time out. I don't think I've ever known any other student demand to have someone else do their homework for them because 'they were above such things'. Oh yeah, she said that," he continued. Shaking his head, he peered at the board, watching the white King with keen interest. "I just wanted to show her....... that there are no free rides at Hogwarts, along with the fact that she could do some interesting things if she just applied herself." He chuckled. "How are you in your classes? Good grades, hopefully. Slytherin has high standards. Pawn to G5."
  18. Jaxon Sinclair

    Example Match: Jaxon vs Killian

    As of yet, nothing had been smashed. That was unfortunate. Jack eyed the board suspiciously. Truthfully, he didn't play chess as often as he would have liked. He lacked the patience required for a game like this. Strategy was all well and good, but when it came with blinding an opponent, making them cower in fear, or setting them on fire...well, that just made for better entertainment. It was fine to watch stone pieces smash each other apart...but that only held value for so long and neither of them had managed it quite yet. The second year tapped his fingers against his bottom lip, waiting not-so-patiently for Killian's next move before he finally (finally) said something. "I heard you put a first year in a cage," he said flatly. "Did you leave her there?"
  19. HEY EVERYONE! Thanks for joining Chess Club. Whether you've played your whole life, or wish to play for the first time, everyone is welcome to join this club. Due to privacy issues with Google docs/spreadsheets, I've decided to operate this club like the dueling chamber. To that end, if you wish to play a game, two players should simply post once each in a thread as a sort of introduction post. I will then come along and post with a link to the Google Spreadsheet you'll be using. The reason why I am doing it this way is because, if you happen to use a personal account for google drive and host the spreadsheet yourself, your name will not be hidden (the owner of a spreadsheet is not anonymous). My own account is VH-centric, and therefore there is no issue with privacy there. Everyone will appear as anonymous by using the links that I provide for you, regardless of whether you're logged into your account. So you needn't worry about logging in and out every time. ***IMPORTANT*** Under no circumstances are you to use the comment feature in the google spreadsheet, especially if you are using a personal/private account. Using this feature will show your google user name, OTHERWISE YOU WILL REMAIN ANONYMOUS.
  20. Jaxon Sinclair

    Example Match: Jaxon vs Killian

    Having never actually formally met Killian Dracel (but having heard plenty from his sister) Jack was a little bit...less than enthusiastic about the prospect of being involved in a venture that meant spending time with him. However, the boy had always been logical minded and chess, muggle or wizarding, provided an outlet for such a thought process. He hadn't expected to run into him quite so soon though and a set of blue eyes widened behind thick glasses, which Jack carefully adjusted before blinking down at the board spread out before him. Jack had managed to piss Damaris off in about 2.3 seconds, so he suspected this encounter would be equally productive in terms of civil conversation, but he motioned for the chair across from him anyway. "Go right ahead," he offered quietly.
  21. Killian was crazy. He had a full plate as it was, and now here he was, adding in a Club on top of everything else he had going on in his life. He was a hard worker. Diligent in his research for Professor Bourdelle a couple years ago, and now here he was, teaching assistant to Professor Knaggs, working hard to help teach the younger students how to pass the tough Professor's class unscathed. It was not an easy job. This week, the club was meeting in the Great Hall after dinner, and there were a few boards set up at the end of the Ravenclaw table. He nodded to a few people on his arrival, and sat down at a board with a younger student, waiting for an opponent. "Jaxon," Killian greeted, dropping his bag off to the side. "Mind if I join you?"
  22. Killian Dracel

    The Basics

    GENERAL RULES OF THE GAME White moves first, so players should decide which color they wish to play. Players take turns moving one piece at a time, and movement is required. You cannot pass on a turn. Move a piece to a different square or capture an opposing player’s piece, following the rules for how each piece may legally move on the board. To capture a piece, simply remove the opposing player’s piece and place your own on the exact same square. The only exception to this is the En Passant rule. The Knight is the only piece on the board that may jump over other pieces. Every other piece may not. If it is a player’s turn and the King is not in check, but also has no other legal moves, the game ends in a draw/stalemate. If the King is being attacked, or in a position to be captured, this is called ‘Check’, as long as the King can protect itself, escape, or be protected by another piece. The threat must be eliminated immediately. The King cannot be left in check. If the King cannot be protected, and cannot escape, the game ends in Checkmate. The ultimate goal in Chess is to capture/trap your opponent’s King.
  23. Killian Dracel

    The Basics

    RULES OF A SPECIAL KIND Promoting a Pawn When a pawn reaches the other side of the board, the pawn may be promoted to any piece. Queen is usually the common choice for a pawn’s promotion, for its power on the board, but the player may choose any piece. En Passant French for ‘In passing’. If a pawn moves forward two spaces in its first move, and happens to skip over the square in which an opposing pawn could have captured it, then the opposing pawn has the option of capturing that pawn as if it had moved forward one space, instead of two. This move must immediately follow the first pawns move, otherwise the option to capture on the next turn is no longer available. Castling This is the only move in the game that allows you to move two pieces at once. It is used primarily to get your King to safety and bring your Rook/Castle closer to the center of the board. Castling involves moving the King two squares over to either side, and bringing the castle in towards the center of the board on the other side of the King. There are certain conditions that must be met before this move is allowed. It must be the King’s very first move. It must be the Rook’s very first move. There cannot be any pieces between the King and Rook to move. The King may not be in check, and may not pass through check. Kingside Castle Queenside Castle
  24. Killian Dracel

    The Basics

    THE PIECES AND WHAT THEY DO The King (Likely not to engage in battle. This piece will attempt to advise you on which moves are sound, and which are not.) This piece is the most important piece on the board to protect. If a King is in a position to be captured, it is called “check”. If a King is in a position to be captured and there is no way to block, or escape, then it is called “checkmate” and the game is over. So, while the King is the most important piece on the board, it is also the weakest. A King may only move one square at a time in any direction. A King may not move into ‘check’. The Queen (One of the most vicious pieces on the board. She is violent, calculating and eager to kill off any other offending piece on the board.) Truly a marvelous piece to have on the board. The Queen can travel in any straight direction on the board. Forwards, backwards, sideways and diagonally. She cannot jump over her own pieces, and when she captures an opposing piece, her turn is over. The Rook/Castle (The guardian. Defender. Protector. This piece watches over the board carefully.) This piece can move forwards, backwards and sideways as many spaces as it wants without jumping over other pieces. The Knight (Valliant. Daring. Brave. Ready and eager to strike.) The Knight is the only piece on the board that can jump over other pieces. The Knight moves in an ‘L’ shape, going two squares in one direction, and one more square at a 90 degree angle. They can do this in any direction. The Bishop (Advisor to the King and Queen.) This piece can only move diagonally on the board, for as many spaces as it can without jumping over other pieces. Each side as a bishop on different colors, and they will never leave those colors. The Pawn (The grunts. The foot soldiers. Sometimes these pieces will quiver in fear, and other times, they charge right in without thinking. They are hardly tacticians, but are capable of great things [such as promotions] if they have what it takes to go the distance.) Pawns are more limited in what they can do on the board. They may only move forward one space at a time, never backwards. If they are to capture an opposing piece, it must be diagonally in front of them. A pawn may move two spaces forward in its opening move only (or a single space, if they choose). If there is a piece directly in front of a pawn, it may not capture or move forward.
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