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29Jan/20

Chess Basics

Chessboard for how to win at chess in 4 easy steps

How to win at Chess

Opening pawn moves

Opening pawn moves should exert some pressure on the middle 4 squares of the table.
Chessboard for how to win at chess in 4 easy steps

Early Moves

Develop your knights and bishops early to the 2nd, 3rd or 4th rank if white (7th, 6th & 5th ranks if black) preferably exerting pressure on the middle 4 squares again. This early development will lend itself to castling which should be done fairly early. Castling will also help one of your rooks enter the fray earlier than it might otherwise. Develop the queen after the knight and bishop.

Do's & Don'ts

Do not advance your pieces too far too early as this will likely just lead to your wasting moves in retreat when they are pushed back by the opposing players pawns or other pieces and even worse potential loss of your prematurely advanced piece.

When possible position your rook on long open files or ranks.

Middle Game Strategy

During the “middle game” (about 10 moves into the game) try to get one of your pieces to occupy the middle two squares of the fifth rank if white (4th rank if black), with adequate support of course. This makes it very hard for the opposing player to move his pieces.

During the 2nd half of the middle game (about 20 moves in) start moving your pieces with a plan for attack on the opposing players king. And in the END GAME (~30 moves in) execute your plan for checkmate.

Good habits

After each move ask what does the opponent’s newly moved piece threaten to capture or do in subsequent moves. What does your newly moved piece expose or open up for you.

What is Castling?

Moving the king two squares to the left or right and placing the rook (castle) just next to the king on the other side. The involved pieces cannot have been moved nor can the moving king or any of the squares it moves through or to be in check.

Great website for playing

lichess.org is a great site for playing and learning chess. Mouse over the Learn tab and click Training or Openings for good exercises that are moderately enjoyable 😊 You can also mouse over the Play tab and click Create a game then click the black/white king’s crown and play a game with someone else anonymously, no registration required. There’s an app for your phone or tablet too.

Downloads

Click here for a downloadable chess board with pieces and pawns and rules in Microsoft Excel format

Click here for a downloadable chess board with pieces and pawns and rules in Apple Numbers format

27Jan/20

NFL Super Bowl Squares Sheet

TRADITIONAL SUPER BOWL SQUARES SHEET WITH NUMBERS PRE-FILLED

The NFL Super Bowl squares sheets included in this download has a traditional squares sheet with the numbers entered on the axis, a traditional sheet without the numbers and a digital root square sheet. The digital root sheet gives a more equal chance of winning per square versus the traditional sheet.

Instructions:

Assign each team to an axis. Sell the squares or the blocks of squares to the participants. Once all the squares are sold then randomly assign the numbers 0 through 9 to the x-axis and the y-axis. After each quarter of the super bowl take the last digit of each teams score and find the intersecting square on the sheet. The owner of that square wins the money set aside for that quarter.

For a more equal chance for each square to win:

Use the Digital Root Squares Sheet to give each participant a more equal chance to win regardless of what square they draw. To use this sheet at the end of each quarter add the numbers together of each teams score then find the intersecting square for the winner. If the sum of a team's score is two digits add those digits to get a singe digit. With this sheet you combine the 9 and 0 into one column/row. This results in a sheet with 81 squares as opposed to the traditional 100 squares. See the table below (taken from mathgoespop.com) for the distribution of the likeliness of a particular number to hit in a superbowl squares game.

Background numbers

The background numbers in the squares are to help participants communicate to you the squares they want to purchase. They look darker than they appear when you print the sheet. Alternatively I also have included the sheets without the background numbers.

Download

Return to the Downloads page for the Squares Sheet Download

digital square superbowl sheet vs traditional

DIGITAL ROOT SUPER BOWL SQUARES SHEET
digital square superbowl sheet vs traditional

TRADITIONAL SUPER BOWL SQUARES SHEET
sum square superbowl sheet vs traditional

TRADITIONAL SUPER BOWL SQUARES SHEET WITH NUMBERS PRE-FILLED
sum square superbowl sheet vs traditional

BOOKEEPING SHEET FOR SUPER BOWL SQUARES POOL
sum square superbowl sheet vs traditional

27Jan/20

NFL Playoff Office Pool Spreadsheet


This spreadsheet auto calculates points for correct picks for the office pool participants and contains a ranking table for the participants. Simply fill in the picks and the game winner and the calculator does the rest. It also auto-fills where the game will be played based on your pick. Points awarded for correct picks is adjustable in each round and gives credit to correct picks in the wrong slot. Accommodates up to 60 participants.

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