Chess

AFTER THE end of the main events at the World Open in Philadelphia last week, there was a session of "Doubles chess", in which each pair had to average less than 2,000 (175

BCF) and they moved not alternately, but rather in runs with one playing the opening two moves and then sequences of four.

The BCF coach David Rumens teamed up with eight-year-old David Howell for this event, which included nearly 50 pairs of players; and despite taking a half-point bye in the first round and the not entirely child- friendly schedule - it was held between midnight and 2am - they came third with 3.5/4. Included was this excellent win, in a favourite opening from the British weekend tournament circuit, in which Rumens played moves 1-2, 7-10 and 15-18 and Howell the rest.

White: Rumens and Howell Black: Dykes and Woodward

World Open Doubles, 1999

Sicilian Defence "Grand Prix Attack"

This version of "Doubles chess" is very close to the normal game, however. My own favourite team game is what is normally termed "Double Bughouse" or simply "Bughouse": but I call it by what I first encountered it as - "Baby Chess".

Very suitable for disreputable evenings after the end of tournaments, though I believe it's played seriously in several countries, this is a game for teams of two in which they play on adjacent boards with reverse colours and at the same fast time limit on each. The big feature is the treatment of captured pieces which are transferred to your partner to be placed on their board as they see fit. There are different possible rules about dropping pawns - can they be promoted and do they stay as such when captured - and whether pieces can be dropped with check.

In my (possibly rather crude) opinion, it's much better if you can drop with check and even mate, as in the following example.

Apparently about to be mated, Black to move might have a queen in hand. He would then scream (or whisper, though the former is more likely) for a knight.

1 ...Nh3+! 2 Kh1 (if 2 gxh3 Qg2 mate) 2 ...Qg1+! Now if 3 Rxg1 Nxf2 is mate, so White would have to stop and hope that his or her partner could win in time on the other board. Mayhem!

1 e4 c5

2 Nc3 Nc6

3 f4 g6

4 Nf3 Bg7

5 Bc4 d6

6 0-0 a6?

7 d3 b5

8 Bb3 Nf6

9 Qe1 0-0

10 Qh4 e6

11 f5! exf5

12 Bg5! Be6

13 Rae1 f4?

14 e5! dxe5

15 Ne4 Nd4

16 Nxf6+ Bxf6

17 Bxf6 Nf5

18 Bxd8 Nxh4

19 Bxh4

1-0

Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs People

Guru Careers: Graduate Resourcer / Recruitment Account Executive

£18k + Bonus: Guru Careers: We are seeking a bright, enthusiastic and internet...

Reach Volunteering: Chair and trustees sought for YMCA Bolton

VOLUNTARY ONLY - EXPENSES REIMBURSED: Reach Volunteering: Bolton YMCA is now a...

Tradewind Recruitment: Geography Teacher

£150 - £180 per day: Tradewind Recruitment: Geography Teacher Geography teach...

Tradewind Recruitment: Geography Teacher

£150 - £180 per day: Tradewind Recruitment: Geography Teacher Geography teach...

Day In a Page

Sun, sex and an anthropological study: One British academic's summer of hell in Magaluf

Sun, sex and an anthropological study

One academic’s summer of hell in Magaluf
From Shakespeare to Rising Damp... to Vicious

Frances de la Tour's 50-year triumph

'Rising Damp' brought De la Tour such recognition that she could be forgiven if she'd never been able to move on. But at 70, she continues to flourish - and to beguile
'That Whitsun, I was late getting away...'

Ian McMillan on the Whitsun Weddings

This weekend is Whitsun, and while the festival may no longer resonate, Larkin's best-loved poem, lives on - along with the train journey at the heart of it
Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

Songs from the bell jar

Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath
How one man's day in high heels showed him that Cannes must change its 'no flats' policy

One man's day in high heels

...showed him that Cannes must change its 'flats' policy
Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine
Letterman's final Late Show: Laughter, but no tears, as David takes his bow after 33 years

Laughter, but no tears, as Letterman takes his bow after 33 years

Veteran talkshow host steps down to plaudits from four presidents
Ivor Novello Awards 2015: Hozier wins with anti-Catholic song 'Take Me To Church' as John Whittingdale leads praise for Black Sabbath

Hozier's 'blasphemous' song takes Novello award

Singer joins Ed Sheeran and Clean Bandit in celebration of the best in British and Irish music
Tequila gold rush: The spirit has gone from a cheap shot to a multi-billion pound product

Join the tequila gold rush

The spirit has gone from a cheap shot to a multi-billion pound product
12 best statement wallpapers

12 best statement wallpapers

Make an impact and transform a room with a conversation-starting pattern
Paul Scholes column: Does David De Gea really want to leave Manchester United to fight it out for the No 1 spot at Real Madrid?

Paul Scholes column

Does David De Gea really want to leave Manchester United to fight it out for the No 1 spot at Real Madrid?