[blind-chess] Re: New here and interested in playing

Van,

You're in luck. Both Chess-wise and Shredder are accessible chess programs
available on IOS devices. I have not upgraded to IOS5 yet, so don't know if
Chess-wise works well on the latest and greatest version, and I don't own
Shredder,but I haven't seen anything on the viphone list saying they don't
work with IOS5.

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[mailto:blind-chess-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Glitch matrix
Sent: Wednesday, October 19, 2011 11:35 PM
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Subject: [blind-chess] Re: New here and interested in playing

Hello, Alvin,

Thanks for replying to my email.  so starting a game here is just that easy!
Now to figure out chess notation... lol!  Be right back...

I just read the Wiki page on chess notation and think I'll give it a 
whirl.  If I make a mistake, I hope it would be pointed out so I can 
learn.  My first move as white will be to move the pawn in front of my 
queen two squares forward.  I think the notation is just D4.  I'm not so 
sure if that is just it though.  Correct me if I'm wrong.

in other news, I wonder how everyone here plays their chess game.  Does 
everyone have a physical accessible chess board that they move the 
pieces to, or is it all memorized in the gray matter, or either method 
depending on personal preference?  For those that do the latter, kudos; 
that is insanely impressive.  As for myself, I am using the former 
method and hope that our cat here doesn't decide to play chess and throw 
a monkey wrench between our game.  Hey, where's my rook!

Also, how many different accessible chess boards are there?  I think I 
have the traditional full-sized chess board with the white squares 
raised higher than the black squares, white pieces with the dimples on 
top, and pegs under every peace to prevent slippage.  Ever since I 
started playing chess and became fascinated with the game, I imagine of 
different ways to play the game.  Maybe a smaller chess board with much 
shorter pieces that can be discreetly explored with both thumbs.  I 
often feel self-conscious whenever playing against a sighted person.  It 
would be nice to privately feel things out on my little personal chess 
board then make the move on the main board.  I really don't want my 
opponent noticing the possible moves I trace out with my fingers.  Could 
this be addressed somehow?  I hope so.  And the most outrageous thought 
that I entertained was to have an iOS chess app that was accessible. 
Now that would be nice.

anyway, Alvin, those are just some of my thoughts that I'm putting out 
there to an experienced group of chess players who are blind just to see 
what comments it would draw up if any.

So my move again is D4.

Talk soon,
Van
.

On 10/18/2011 3:21 PM, alvin blazik wrote:
> Hi VG,
> You found a willing partner. The name here is Alvin. Fill in your first
move below and we have a
> game started.
>
> Friendly Game
> VG - Alvin blazik   10/18/11
>
> 1. ?
>
>
> Enjoying Chess!
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Glitch matrix"<glitch.matrix.cmd@xxxxxxxxx>
> To:<blind-chess@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Sent: Tuesday, October 18, 2011 6:06 PM
> Subject: [blind-chess] New here and interested in playing
>
>
> Hi, I'm new here and have been reading the various emails and getting a
> feel for the group.  I'm fairly new to chess and have been playing for
> only a few months.  I'm not all that good yet but I enjoy the game.  I
> wish I could play more frequently but there is a lack of willing
> partners.  I don't know how chess is played here and how pairing even
> works.  I'd like to learn though.
>
> Talk soon,
> VG
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