Learning the Game of Chess – Meet the Game Piece Players


This article covers the basics of an ancient and unique board game that has continued to challenge, amuse and confound many people over many centuries. It is the wonderfully archaic yet paradoxically modern game called chess.The game of chess is one of strategy; it’s a mind sharpening exercise, one where in order to beat your opponent, you need to be one step ahead all the time. As with everything else in life, know-how is the key to success. In order to win at chess, having a firm grasp of the essentials is vital. Therefore, you really need to know the usage and the names of each chess game piece to become a champion.As you probably already know, the basics of the game start with 2 players who play alternately at the board. In this respect, chess is just like any other board game. One player will choose to play with the black chess pieces the other white pieces. Then, you “cut and thrust” like medieval knights; one game piece is moved at a time, with the sole intention of conquering the enemy King. He who does so is acclaimed the victor.Now let us hone in on the specifics; the piece we will look at first is called a Bishop. This game piece is restricted to moving only in a straight line diagonally. This chess piece can be moved over as many squares as you would like across the squares. Next comes the Rook. This piece resembles a miniature tower, and can be moved in both a horizontal and a vertical direction. Again, like the Bishop game piece, the Rook has no limit on the number of squares it can be moved.We come now to the piece to be reckoned with, in the enemy of many, the most potent of all…the Queen. The Queen has established quite a high reputation simply because this game piece has unbounded choices in that she can be moved in any direction at all, and across any amount of squares too. This is in stark contrast to the next ‘royal’; the King. Although the King is the key piece in the game, it is restricted to one square at a time. The only benefit the King has is that it can be moved in any direction.Next up is the Knight chess piece. As you would expect, the Knight is distinguishable by sitting atop a horse, or perhaps “morphed” is a better description! He moves in an erratic way; an L shape. This game piece is unique in that it can leap over all other pieces. Well… horses do that sort of thing!Finally, let me introduce you to the humble Pawn. I say humble, but “weak” may be more appropriate. In the game of chess, Pawns have limited movement in that you can move them only in a forward direction. Although the pawns are little workers, they play a very important role when manipulating the chessboard. If a pawn manages to reach the other side of the board, this will enable the owner/player to get back one of the pieces that were taken during the game.

Online Games – Can We Make Money Playing Them?

When we refer to online games we are normally referring to video type games that we play on a computer via the internet. Some video games are played over the internet using mobile phones and video consoles, but generally speaking online games means computer games that need an internet connection to be played. Simple text-based multiplayer games were the first of these types of games as internet connections were slow and expensive when these games were first introduced in the 1980s. Gradually these games became popular in the 1990s, with today’s online games featuring virtual communities, realistic graphics and multiplayer games where people can even play one to one or in knock out tournaments for cash prizes. We all know that the internet is the fastest growing market place in the history of the world but did you know that there is an online games sector that is growing 4 times faster than the internet overall! Yes! and it’s the “Online Skill Games” market.There are many styles of Online GamesSome of the different types of online games that exist:1. Real time strategy games: This type of game is all about strategy where, for your army to fight successfully against the other internet players you need to develop a game plan by building lots of resources2. First person shooter: Here the players compete with each other one to one. In most first-person type games, the online game allows the death match or arena style of play. In this style of game play the view you see is the one seen from your character’s eyes.3. Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games (MMORPG): In this type of game each person has to keep trying to reach the next highest level until he has reached the top one written for that game and these online games can have, simultaneously, thousands of players from every part of the globe, playing in a giant virtual world interacting against or with each other. Gamers can keep playing these types of games for months or even years!4. Browser type games: These are pastime games that are quick, simple and small that are played in your browser. The popular Java and Shockwave technologies are used to develop these games.5. Online skill games: An online skill based game is a web game played in tournament format or one to one. Each player pays a cash entry fee to play with a cash or merchandise prize going to the winner or winners. The outcome of each competition is based on the player’s ability and performance not luck.How Do Online Game Companies Make MoneyAll games today, are playable online. How do we make money? This is the question that companies making the online games have to ask themselves. The majority of companies make single-player games that are played at home and in this the player has to beat the artificial intelligence of the enemy. Today these games normally include an online multiplayer version which can be played against or with other Internet players. By selling their game DVD/CDs is how these companies earn their profit e.g. Warcraft 3 and Counter Strike. Advertising and promotions is how browser game companies make their money. MMORPG companies generally charge their players a monthly fee and continue to add content by programming new scenarios etc in their games e.g. Everquest 2 and World of Warcraft. Some don’t, but survive because their DVD/CD sales are high e.g. Guild Wars.What is the future of online games?Soon there will be a new entry into the online skill games market. According to their Free Online Games Market Report they will be the first company with their new online skill games platform, to launch a business that encapsulates three of the newest phenomena on the internet today. Online Games Entertainment, Social Networking using web 2.0 and a new way of marketing which has been described as Social Marketing 2.0. One of the core differences with this new platform over the conventional models is that we the players can if we want share in the profits while we play our games. With the market today (2007) worth approximately $5.2 billion USD and predicted to rise in the next 3 years to over $13 billion USD that’s $412 per second and with social networking sites already reaching 45% of web users and the 4 major Instant Messengers having more than 400 million users between them this potentially could be a whole lot of money.