Boo!

Boo! ~ Egg Noodles & Baked BeansHere is a recipe I created especially for those moments when you haven’t done the shopping, can’t be bothered to do the shopping and… well, shopping.

The ingredients for one person are as follows:

  • 2 nests of Egg Noodles
  • 1 can of Baked Beans

Cook the noodles and beans in separate saucepans, obviously, but whence both are ready, drain the noodles, return them to the pan and blend the beans into them. Stir them together as evenly as you can.

Serve with any drink of your choice.

And that’s… Boo!

The Phantom Of The Chess Board

The Phantom Chess Piece By Simon Jepps
Phantom

Chess is like an Opera,
The board a theatre,
The pieces the performers,
Yet the game has only just begun.
Phantom to f4.

The centuries long search for the next evolution of Chess by Grandmasters and Chessicians alike has indeed proved itself a worthy adversary to even the greatest minds.

Yet perhaps this little wonder which has boggled so many for such a long time is and always has been staring us in the face. Laughing at us. Dancing around us unawares. Teasing us with possibilities but then never materialising to grant us its existence.

Indeed the “holy grail” that is the evolution of Chess may very well have driven many a player insane with torment.

Today however, I do believe that someone, who has lurked amongst the shadows of the Chess board for so many centuries, seems to have forgotten their cape.

Elusive, aren’t they, Phantoms?

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Keytoy ~ Custom Styling By Jepps

Keytoy ~ Custom Styling By Jepps
Theatre grade glow in the dark tape applied to sharps and flats, whilst black electrician tape softened surrounding case appearance.
I simply adore my Hohner Superforce 37. In fact I adore it so much I decided it was time to give it a manicure and custom artistic makeover.

The result? A finely tuned and responsive, totally radioactive Keytoy.

It had been begging me to do it. In fact the day it arrived the first thing it said was, “Please don’t call me a Superforce 37…”

Damn right. Whilst my favourite Keytoy, or Melodica, or whatever you want to call it, the name SUPERFORCE 37 has never settled with me on any particularly personal level, at all.

Hence, in addition to the reed adjustments I spent a good couple of hours undertaking, the abominable logo has now gone from its now most graciously decorated face.

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Siomega’n Openings & Pawnspace

Siomega Chess by Simon Jepps
Black plays 14… h6.
As discussed often regarding one hundred square board variants, Opening play about this much larger arena is often observed to weaken the collective strength of Pawns, since vast spaces will grow between them reducing their ability to form defensive communities.

Yet perhaps what is more often overlooked, is the remedy within the individual player’s ability to adjust and adapt to a different style of play.

In actual fact, whence playing a 100sq variant such as Siomega, the most experienced players of such an arena will tell you, the secrets of defensive agility reside in the ability to play offensively yet at arms reach ~ recumbently so to speak, yet with a long distance catapult.

Indeed scholars of “Hedgehog” systems may find this article of particular interest.

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10×10 Checkered Boards & Pieces

Siomega Chess by Simon Jepps
Siomega Chess by Simon Jepps featuring Masters Games Jester Chess pieces
Siomega is played on a larger 100 square checkered board featuring two Wizard pieces and two extra Pawns. A traditional Chess set features a board of only 64 squares and there are no Wizard pieces or extra Pawns.

Thus in order to play Siomega one will have to acquire suitable equipment.

Luckily for us, a Wizard figurine does not have to actually feature a “Crescent Moon” in its physical design, for a Wizard may appear however a Wizard desires.

There are many Chess manufacturers selling “fairy” Chess pieces or sets, such as House Of Staunton, any of these can be used as a Wizard.

A good search of House Of Staunton website, for terms such as “variant” or “musketeer” often returns interesting results.

However, if you are looking for something more exquisitely crafted, you can’t afford not to browse Masters Games website, to see their beautiful Jester Chess sets.

These beautiful burnt wood Jester pieces are my all time favourite Wizard set and will always remain so.

With regards to checkered playing boards, of course 100 square checkered boards are not easy to find, but a good dedicated search of the interweb will often return at least some fruitful results.

Once again, our friends at Masters Games often have something suitable in that respect, such as this good selection and also various independent online artisans sometimes have such items for sale.

If you feel up to the challenge, design and make a Chess set yourself… even painted potatoes would serve their duty!

Of course a Chess board is much easier to make than actual Chess pieces, so why not make one to match? You do not need to be a carpenter to apply a bit of die to some marked out squares… so give it a try!

Good luck with your Chess hunting and if you know of a good source yourself, then feel free to post a link or two in the comments below.

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