Jepps Comic #1

Jepps Comic #1
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Here is the first ever edition of the Jepps Comic, a short newspaper type strip I created some years ago. It is about two like-minded but variably friendly identical twins.

You will get to know them and discover their personalities. Mostly, whilst the guy on the right is often the maturest, the guy on the left is more often on the correct side of the Moon!

I will post the subsequent episodes as time goes on. I made a total of 18 originally, but if the mood captures me and I feel I could improve the humour, I might start making more again.

You can find all episodes of this comic at the following category: comic.

A Guide To Piece Value

piece-value-stack-1666387068.pngThere are four kinds of piece evaluation systems.

  1. FIDE
  2. Variable
  3. Aesthetic
  4. JEPPS

1. FIDE

The Fédération Internationale des Échecs or World Chess Federation is an international organization that acts as the governing body of international chess.

There is no official piece point system because the values of individual Chess pieces have no bearing or influence on game scoring.

However the following common system is the one which FIDE mostly considers standard.

King = %
Pawn = 1
Knight = 3
Bishop = 3
Rook = 5
Queen = 9

The King is given a value of % because it awards victory rather than material gain. However it is worth somewhat similar to a Pawn.

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The Mission Piece

How The Mission Moves
How The Mission Moves
The Mission is a colour bound Rook, with the ability to leap the nearest opposite coloured square. It may also move without leaping, two squares diagonally.

Thus it may move as many squares as there are available in an orthogonal direction, but may only land on those of the same colour it is bound to at the start.

If there are pieces in the way on either coloured square, the Mission’s path is blocked and must land to the nearest same colour square along a clear path, just as if it were a non leaping piece.

Only the nearest opposite coloured square may be jumped. The Mission may not jump diagonally.

The Mission, as I will explain in the following chapters, only leaps because it is a natural trait of it being colour bound. Since it has no natural instruction to leap diagonally, it does not.

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An Introduction To Missionary Chess

Missionary Chess
Missionary Chess featuring House Of Staunton algebraic eighty board and Masters Games burnt wood pieces.
Chess has been played for centuries upon centuries. It is no doubt the beginning, middle and endgame of all strategy pastimes, old and new. It is undying, and as we approach a new era of Chess evolution, the game ceases to amaze, not only in its ability to grow and inspire… but at the same time, to present a sacred determination to hold onto a divinely given trait that shapes and colours its very own destiny.

That divinely given trait is the natural evolution of peace.

As I will explain in my following Chess blog chapters, the evolution of Chess is bound by its very own nature of peace and will therefore only harbour the answer to our prayers within its very own natural design.

Yet today in this post, I would like to go straight ahead and present to you my own variant, Missionary Chess, which although is but one of hundreds I have designed over the years, it is as I can only solemnly swear, what I believe to be not just the only natural evolution of Chess, but therein… the only possible evolution of Chess.

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KEYTOI  {Melodica/Pianica/Melodion}

Jepps Keytoi Hohner Superforce 37
This all black Keytoi is the superior Hohner Superforce 37. I own more than one of these, for spare parts and for the security of a decent instrument. Both sweet and powerful, in my opinion, the SF37 is the best reasonably priced professional Keytoi on the market.
Here’s an illusive little known wonder ~ the Melodica.

Call it what you will, what I call the Keytoi is actually a divine messenger of God, born from the heart of a Child.

Once upon a time the Melodica was only found in toy stores, or fairly selective music shops. It was by no means seen to be a professional instrument, not in any way.

It was however embraced rapidly by the Reggae communities and in time became a hallmark of their music.

It was here and then whence stage pianists became interested in the possibility of a more academically encompassing Melodica, with a greater scope for novelty accompaniments and indeed teaching.

Once the guys at Hohner became aware of the interest, they set themselves a little side project, just to test the waters… of a performance grade Melodica.

Hohner released a couple of these “scouts” onto the market… they watched… and waited… looking for any sign of a cultural rustling.

And when it came… it came from the top.

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Sax In My Pocket

Pocket sax jeppsOriginally a lounge Pianist, yet forever intimidated by its inconvenience of size, expense and formality, I found myself in a passionate love affair with a new instrument.

Invented in 1972 by Brian Wittman, a Hawaiian musician, guru and gentleman, the Xaphoon®, more popularly known as The Pocket Sax, is a Trumpet sized Saxophone, that not only fits in your pocket, but whence the dedication and mutual embrace is spoken, will turn your mind inside out as it screams the blue soul of a real Saxophonist.

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Mission Pocketable

Pocket sax tutorialSome could argue the Xaphoon to be much like a Ukulele, in that its size deems it flawed by design. Yet there are many Ukulele players who are obviously not dissuaded by this, indeed myself occasionally included.

No, the Xaphoon is not flawed. It is however, very difficult to master. Oh, this is not to say the average novice will be unable to enjoy it, no, this is to say that the average professional Xaphoonist would have spent ten years perfecting it.

The difference between a Xaphoon and a Pocket Sax…? Bamboo die hards aside… depends how good you are.

First things first. I know what you are seeking. The sound of a Sax in your pocket. Yet you fear it to only raspberry, much like a Kazoo. This is a common misconception, seeded by poor examples of play, by amateurs trying too hard, as if to make a baby iron a suit.

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