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Chess is an ancient game of luck played with small figurines
and dice in dark cellars by people who were rejected by their school's other clubs. It should not be confused with Checkers, a game known for being played by people significantly less intelligent than Chess players. The game was a popular pastime for centuries among prisoners, each of whom sought to topple their king the fastest. However, the game was barely known among the middle and upper classes before Bobby Fischer's singlehanded efforts to popularize the game in the mid-20th century, climaxing in 1972 when he convinced Boris Spassky to make chess the official game of Russia despite fierce opposition from covert and well-funded Jewish lobbyists.
Historians agree that the game's name is widely held to be a derivation of "chest," and that the first games were played on diagrams carved on the chests of dead bodies. These bodies came to be referred to as "boards" for their stiffness. The smell and possible maggots might have made the game unpleasant, and it was considered difficult to play on the corpses of well-endowed females.
Given its smelly origin, the game naturally acquired several French terms over time, the most well known of which is "checkmate", derived from "j'ec matte", meaning "I grope you" or "Surprise! You have been groped". This may refer to an endgame ritual of which French historian Tacitus IV wrote:
- "A victor having been established by fair processes, that person does henceforth receive the liberty of fondling the hidden parts of the vanquished, who may at appropriate times reposition himself, saying 'I adjust', and who, when sufficient time is deemed to have elapsed, may demand that the victor desist forthwith, at which point the vanquished assumes the role of the victor, and vice versa, and so on."
French players have received widespread acclaim for refining the act of mating and for discovering hundreds of previously unknown checkmate positions.
Most recently, silicon-based life forms have begun to dominate the world of chess, including Deep Blue, Deep Fritz, Deep Fry, Deep Throat, and Deep Jew, a program created entirely to annoy Bobby Fischer. Deep Fritz has invented a novel checkmating pattern so effective that it defeated a World Chess Champion, Vladimir Kramnik, who was generous enough to allow the shallow Deep Fritz to execute the checkmate 35.Qh7.
Chess is played by two pathetic nerds. They sit opposite each other with a checkered board between them that has a bunch of pieces on it. These pieces move in various confusing ways that nobody really understands. However, the bored, lonely, undersexed losers that for some reason waste their time playing this worthless game eventually get good at making non-players think they actually know what they're doing. Each player takes his or her turn, moving a piece somewhere until one of two conditions is satisfied: 1.) a player clearly humiliates his or her opponent, or 2.) both sides agree that it's been 2 whole hours since they watched their last episode of Star Trek and since they need to masturbate to Captain Janeway from the Starship Enterprise, impatiently finish the game by agreeing to a draw.
There are a few other rules, according to the FIDE Official Tournament Rules:
- White first rule: White always goes first. This rule can be traced back to the time of slavery, when whites always got to go first, and blacks pretty much never got to go at all. Note that there were very few good black players to arise out of this period of chess.
- The Touch-Move rule: if a player attempts to molest their opponent before a checkmate is declared, they must immediately move to another playing area. Usually to touch some other 5 year old boy.
- 'J'ajuste': 'I adjust' - an exception to the 'Touch-move' rule. If a player purrs at another player in French, he or she may touch his or her opponent in various ways.
- Before making each move, a player must always have an agonized look on his/her face, as though constipated. This lets everyone else know that the player is thinking REALLY hard about...uh, well something. Probably about how big his opponent's penis is, given that only fags play chess anyway.
- Players are not allowed to make up their own rules. Fortunately, this rule does not apply to you, but it does apply to that chess club geek who keeps insisting that 'castling' and 'en passant' are actual rules and perfectly legal during games.
- Do-overs: international tournaments vary in their application of this rule, but it is commonly accepted that no less than three do-overs are applicable if the purported loser didn't mean to make a certain set of moves, and actually meant to perform superior ones. However, it's worth noting that these do-overs usually only apply to post-mortem analysis, since your opponent always had a way of beating you all along. Or so he insists.
- King - The King is the most important piece on the board. It is also the slowest and most useless one as well. The King can only move one space in any direction. However, if your opponent is Jewish and you tell him, "Look! There's a nickel!", after this you may move it to any part of the board while the dumb Jewbag stupidly looks on the ground for the non-existent coin. In this latter case, you may be able to jump over a wall of pawns to conveniently avoid checkmate, or fly around the board and knock down all the opposing pieces just when it appears all hope is lost. If your King is attacked by any enemy piece, you are in check. What this means, particularly if your opponent is the Obama Justice Department, is the NSA gets to spy on all of your detailed phone and internet records for the past 2 months. In other words, your opponent gets to 'check' on you. Hence the lingo. ONLY ONCE per game may you or your opponent summon an explosion to blow back all of the other side's pieces back into the capture zone, where they fall in and are never seen again for the rest of the game. Because you know, that's what it's like to be King. And it's good to be the King. Hail to the King, baby.
- Queen - The Queen is that useless figurehead in England. She's also the chess piece that you move directly in front of your opponent when you want to tell him, "Ok buddy...NOW I mean business." Of course, you could always just say the phrase to him instead, but the latter approach makes people think you're all smart and cold and calculating or something, particularly to people who don't understand anything about chess. The queen is also widely regarded as the game's sex symbol, or Billy Idol piece, probably in large part because for most chess nerds it's also their girlfriend.
- Pawn - Pawns are the "foot soldiers" of chess, in that, like actual foot soldiers, they line up and mindlessly march forward to their slaughter. The name of the piece is derived from the 1337-language "pwn," meaning "to dominate," and suggests the piece was named ironically. All of the pawns seem to share a goal of marching to the end of the board and performing an SRS (Sex Reassignment Surgery), after which they become eligible to become that prostitute the King constantly sleeps with but denies whenever his legal wife asks him about her. It's also an additional sex partner for the nerdy chess loser in charge of moving the pieces.
- Bishop - The bishop is the only chess piece that looks like a standing condom. Although to be fair, that's because in most cases it literally is one...happens when faggot chess players run out of dildos to shove up their ass and they start using chess pieces instead. Generally considered the most pious of all the pieces, bishops move diagonally to represent their historical practice of squeezing through small cracks in cathedral walls in order to sneak out during the recessional to molest 12 year olds.
- Knight - In modern day chess sets, this piece is typically shaped like a horse. Or maybe it's supposed to be a cow. Or maybe a unicorn. In any case, whatever animal it represented now makes for a fine marriage partner for residents of the state of Tennessee. Unlike all the other chess pieces, the knight moves like a letter in the alphabet. Except that the player whose move it is can randomly choose which letter of the alphabet it takes on, so the opponent never actually knows in advance where it can legally go to. This is typically where the most controversy exists between two nerds in a chess game, although any disputes inevitably devolve into some frivolous argument about which Star Trek Captain was cooler, Picard or Janeway.
- Rook - A rook (Corvus frugilegus) is a crow-like bird. In chess, however, they're shaped like castle towers. Although designed to appear as buildings, rooks are inexplicably capable of movement...probably because the original inventors of the game loved that feeling of, "Yo, bitch! Yous in my castle. Get outta my castle!" whenever they won or something. Ok, so maybe this one's kind of lame but what do you want? You're asking for an explanation on why the inventors thought stationary castles could move when they clearly thought nothing of routine sex change operations to promote pawns into queens, ok? Sheesh...
Although it has recently been proven that chess does not require much strategy or skill, there were a few cultures in history that strongly believed otherwise. Here are some of the strategies that they thought would work:
- Najdorf - Memorize 35 moves of opening theory, and then lose the game in 23 moves after your opponent plays the Sveshnikov, which you forgot to memorize. And yes, it really is pronounced "Nye-dorf".
- King's pawn gambit - Sacrifice your King's pawn in order to gain an advantage somehow. Not to be confused with the even more successful King's bishop pawn gambit.
- King's bishop pawn gambit - Nobody cares. Not to be confused with the somewhat less successful King's gambit.
- King's gambit - Sacrifice your King in order to gain an advantage in development. Often considered an unacceptably risky move.
- British Defense - This play only works when you play white. Declare yourself owner of all the squares and subject the black pieces to slavery, thus making their king your pawn.
- French Defense - Line up five of your pawns in front of your king. Express shock when your opponent simply moves his queen around them. Then proceed to scream stridently like a 7 year old girl and proclaim your immediate, unconditional surrender.
- Cold Shoulder - An extremely effective and annoying maneuver which involves doing absolutely nothing during your turn until your opponent gets fed up and leaves, automatically making you the winner. Not to be played in a timed game.
- The Reverse - Playable in an informal setting or after a formal adjournment when your opponent has obtained the stronger position. Upon returning to the table sit down in your opponent's chair. Appear engrossed in the position and do not respond to your opponent's objections until he resigns or accepts the reversal.
- R2-D2 & C3PO defense - Let the wookie win.
- The "Look Over There" Defense - Exclaim "Look over there!", and move around the pieces so that you have an advantage.
- The Big Fuck You - When your opponent appears to be winning, make a devastating, but illegal, move. When he protests, do nothing. He'll move it back. Make the same move again. Cross your arms. Not advised if your opponent is physically larger or well-armed.
- Knocking All The Pieces Off The Board And Spitting In Your Opponent's Face - This one is usually considered a last resort.
- Castling - taking one's pieces and stating that they are in another castle so that one is completely safe and can chortle at one's opponent as they try to assault one's impenetrable fortress. This tactic was made popular in 1922 by Sir Noel Coward, an English actor and the founder of Cowardism.
- Fork - positioning a piece such that it attacks two of the opponent's pieces at once, then closing one's eyes and reciting, "eenie, meenie, miney, moe...", before attacking one of the pieces with cutlery.
- Skewer - thrusting a lance across the chess board and impaling one's opponent. Note: May result in the filing of criminal charges.
- Pin - employing Greco-Roman techniques by removing your clothes, throwing your opponent to the carpet, and sitting on him or her. Most effective in a timed game, especially when done at the beginning of your opponent's turn.
- Check - telling your opponent that you're going to win on the next move if he or she doesn't prevent it. This is generally considered a stupid thing to do.
- Double Check - pushing an opponent against the boards and body slamming said opponent twice. May result in boarding and/or cross-checking penalties.
- X-Ray Attack - very effective at giving your opponent bone cancer, although the machinery can be expensive.
- Zugzwang - It's a complicated German word which means that your opponent has to make a move no matter what and the move he makes will be a great advantage to you and you can blow him to smithereens if you want.
- Staling - When the only move a player can make will checkmate or check their king. This player may cheat. This player may also throw a tantrum. But, whatever you do, do not attempt to move for him, or all hell will break loose.
Chess is viewed by some as a workout. Moving your fingers to and fro, up and down the chessboard, is believed to build your lats and traps and generally get you massively "pumped". Others view chess as a philosophy. They see chess a a perfect convergence between the realms of psychology, meta-physics, and raw intelligence. These ideologies are incorrect due to the lack of evidence of any knowledge ever gained from playing chess. The real point of chess is to waste your time in a "productive" manner, as apposed to video games, watching TV, or editing Uncyclopedia. There is also believed to be an aspect of mental abuse, as some kings and bishops have claimed that "chess size matters." The moral of chess is that you can learn the rules in an afternoon, and learn to beat the basic computer programs in a few weeks... and then you realize that you could spend a million billion trillion bajillion skatillion zillion fecktillion years hacking away at that stupid board and you still wouldn't get any better at it, no matter how easy the motherfucking chess masters claim it's supposed to be. People don't get any better at shit - they just rack up criminal records, bad credit, red flags on their resumes, wrinkles, dentures, and clever politicians who come up with ways to euthanize them. The so called wisdom of age is realizing that this chess shit has no future for you.
Women's titles are also offered for skilled female chess players; these are WGM, WIM, WFM and WCM. Chess is considered to be a male-dominated sport, which is why FIDE offers female titles to encourage more women to play chess. Also, the pieces in men's games can be pretty heavy and rough, so the women's tournaments use lighter and better lubricated pieces. Women, unlike male chess players, are allowed to dress pretty casually while playing in tournaments. Also, women's tournaments are watched more, because the checkmate procedures are believed to be considerably more interesting when two women are engaging in them.
Various variants of chess have been created, largely because the game can often get really boring and some rules weren't good enough. Examples are as follows: