Have Fun With Chess – Throw a Chess Party!

I confess, I’m not much of a party animal. I suppose in general that people suppose that persons who are interested in chess aren’t really so much interested in parties. However, such a supposition is not only somewhat prejudiced, it is also downright wrong!

Ever heard of a chess party? The truth is that until recently, neither did I – but they do exist – and not in tiny numbers either.

One day recently, just for fun, I decided to combine the two words “chess” and “party” and to toss them into my browser just to sit back and watch the computer cry foul. But, to my surprise – the computer was two full steps ahead of me – turning up a huge heap of indexes and beating me at my own game.

Chess parties aren’t a new fad. They’ve been around for a long time, and are usually offered as part of a club or chess themed entertainment package. But, there are an equal number of private chess parties – where private folk like you and me buy up a lake of beer and invite friends over to play chess. Now THAT’s entertainment!

Okay, maybe chess parties is not for every chess enthusiast – but you’ve got to admit that it does the heart good to know that people out there are actually having fun playing our favorite game. Usually, the whole competition thing requires the chess aficionado to be all too serious. And – it is inexpensive fun too.

If you want to throw your own chess party, all you’ll need is some chess boards and pieces, some tables, some chairs and – of course – plenty of drink. The theme of the party is up to you. It will add spice to the party, for example, to have the players to compete for a prize. Something in keeping with the theme of chess – of course.

After poking around on the Internet, I discovered these things are everywhere. YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, you name it. Why some folks even throw such events as a birthday party. Go figure.

For some reason – that even I can’t explain – this excites me – enough to write this article on the subject. Usually I am always extolling the benefits of training – but here is a chance to point out that chess can be fun, too!

Chess has to be as much about fun as it is about brains. This seems like a truly novel approach to mixing your business with your pleasure. So, the next time you are in a partying mood – you might consider a chess party. You’ll find videos, articles and whatever else you need on the net to help you to plan one.

You chess will show improvement – after you sober up – and if not – think of the years of fun you’ll have trying to push your chess rating into the zone.

Mason is a professional Engineer who administrates the onsite chess training gymnasium at http://www.chessmemoryaids.com. The site provides training tools, exercises and advice for chess players who wish to improve their chess expertise by training their mind – as opposed to by studying chess books alone. The site is also a one-stop-shop from which other chess and self-help resources can be reached.

Watson Realty Corp. Announces Grand Opening for Mt. Dora Office

Mount Dora, Fla. (PRWEB) March 12, 2015

Watson Realty Corp. is proud to announce the grand opening of its 41st sales office in Mount Dora, Fla. This office grand opening comes at an opportune time as Watson Realty Corp. celebrates its 50th anniversary.

The newly renovated office is located right in the heart of historical Mount Dora, at 639 N. Donnelly Street Mt. Dora, FL 32757.

“I am excited and eager about us taking on this new office, and believe that Watson Realty will be extremely well positioned in this area. Mount Dora is a wonderful city with a lot of historic character and traditions, which matches our Watson philosophy perfectly,” says Jeff Fagan, Vice President of Central Florida.

Robin Skaggs, the Managing Broker, has over 20 years of experience bringing a wealth of knowledge to Watson Realty Corp. The areas of her expertise include: property management, new construction single family, luxury condo sales, general brokerage sales, listing agent and office management.

Located in Central Florida, Mount Dora has an intriguing history and is considered a part of the Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford metropolitan statistical area. The city is a popular winter retreat for boating, fishing and hunting.

Also, eight major events draw thousands of visitors to the area annually. These include the Christmas lighting festival, antique boat and car shows, bicycle festival, crafts fair, golf tournament, sailing regatta and Mount Dora Arts Festival.

Watson Realty is honored to be a founding member of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World (LeadingRE), and a four-time recipient of the network’s highest honor, the Diamond Award. In addition to trusted referrals, members of the network provide exceptional marketing advantages and knowledge to their buyers and sellers.

For more information contact Jeff Fagan by phone at 407.772.3686 or via email at JeffFagan(at)WatsonRealtyCorp(dot)com.


About Watson Realty Corp., REALTORS®

Watson Realty Corp. had more than $ 2.63 billion in closed sales volume or 14,501 transaction sides in 2013, and is honored to be a founding member of LeadingRE and a four-time recipient of the Diamond Award. Watson Realty Corp. (http://www.WatsonRealtyCorp.com) has been a trusted name in real estate since 1965. Watson Realty is a full-service real estate company with more than 1,300 sales associates and 43 sales offices throughout Northeast and Central Florida, as well as St. Marys, Georgia. Services include Watson Mortgage Corp., Watson New Homes Division, Watson Title Services, Watson Commercial Realty Inc., Watson School of Real Estate, Watson Referral Realty Inc., Watson Property Management, Watson Maintenance Services and Watson Relocation Services. Watson Relocation Services has offices in both Jacksonville and Orlando.

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Summit Racing Equipment Adds Parts Combos for Season Two of Discovery Channels Fat N Furious: Rolling Thunder

Tallmadge, OH (PRWEB) February 26, 2015

Season Two of the Discovery Channel’s hit show Fat N’ Furious: Rolling Thunder began airing this past January. Now, fans of the show can see the parts used on the show’s projects thanks to the Summit Racing Fat N’ Furious Parts Combos.

Fat N’ Furious: Rolling Thunder follows the exploits of Tommy Christmas, owner of the Youngstown, Ohio-based Christmas Automotive. He and his team of large-and-in-charge gearheads resurrect old cars, transforming them into stunning street machines. These Fat N’ Furious Season Two Parts Combos are now available at SummitRacing.com:

1969 Ford Fairlane

Tommy Christmas dropped in a legendary 428 Cobra Jet big block in the Fairlane’s rolling shell. Parts from Hughes Performance, Be Cool, Doug’s Headers, MSD, and Painless Performance were used to transform the ho-hum Ford sedan into a fire-breathing street pounder.

1968 Pontiac Firebird

The Fat N’ Furious crew gave this first-gen Firebird a serious performance makeover, including a new BluePrint Engines crate engine, a TCI transmission, Right Stuff Detailing brake system parts, and a custom exhaust built with Flowmaster and Patriot Performance components.

Altered Dragster

Upon graduating from the Jr. Dragster ranks, Sarah Gruber found herself in need of a new ride. Fortunately, Tommy Christmas fixed up an old altered T-bucket for her. The Fat N’ Furious team added a BluePrint Engines crate engine making close to 500 horsepower. Other parts used to transform the old race car came from Moroso, Meziere, ATI, JW Performance, and Russell.

1964 Chevy II

When replacing the thrashed Hilborn-injected mill in the “Mind Bender” Chevy II, the Fat N’ Furious guys decided to make the switch to alcohol. They used parts from Trick Flow, Dart, Dynatech, RAM, and ARP.

1969 Mustang Boss 302

A Boss 302 is an incredible machine, but the ponycar’s owner wanted to make it even more potent so he could beat his son’s 2012 Boss. The Christmas Automotive team summarily crammed a 500 horsepower Ford Racing crate engine under the hood. The build also included upgrades to the brakes, suspension, and cooling systems with parts from Griffin, Hotchkiss, and Wilwood.

1969 AMC SC/Rambler

After 20 years, the owner of SC/Rambler wanted to return it to its former glory. The Fat N’ Furious crew rebuilt the AMC 390 engine with parts from Edelbrock and Holley, and completely overhauled the plumbing, ignition, and brake systems. The project was capped with a brand new set of Cragar SS wheels and M&H Racemaster tires.

New episodes of Fat N’ Furious: Rolling Thunder will Monday nights in March on the Discovery Channel. New combos will be introduced after each episode airs.

Learn more about Fat N’ Furious: Rolling Thunder on the Discovery Channel.

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Quaker State

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (PRWEB) January 21, 2015

FLW, the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, and Quaker State® motor oil announced today a multi-year agreement that will showcase the motor oil brand to millions of outdoor and fishing enthusiasts. The tremendous marketing benefits offered by FLW in digital advertising, social media, promotions on-site at the events and connections with top anglers in the world makes the organization a perfect fit for Quaker State.

“We are extremely excited about our new affiliation with the Walmart FLW Tour and the opportunity to grow the relationship,” said Bree Sandlin, Director of Channel Marketing, Quaker State. “We began working with their group and taking a look at the promotional possibilities early last year and quickly realized that FLW and bass fishing as a sport fit very well with the Quaker State consumer. With everything we have planned to activate around this program, there is a lot of anticipation heading into the 2015 fishing season.”

Three premier Walmart FLW Tour anglers have been selected to represent Quaker State as brand ambassadors in 2015. Scott Canterbury of Springville, Alabama, a six-time Forrest Wood Cup qualifier, and Matt Arey of Shelby, North Carolina, who has 16 career top-10 finishes in FLW competition, will be the faces of the Quaker State brand and compete in green and gold-wrapped Ranger Z520C bass boats in 2015. “America’s Favorite Fisherman” Jimmy Houston of Cookson, Oklahoma, a legendary personality in the sport, will also represent Quaker State, running a Quaker State-branded Ranger in FLW tournaments.

“I am honored to represent Quaker State,” Arey said. “The company has been around for more than 70 years and upholds the highest of standards throughout their product line. I am grateful for this partnership and extremely excited to get the 2015 FLW Tour season under way.”

Quaker State will receive exclusive exposure across all platforms of FLW, including its tournaments and expos, websites, social media outlets, FLW Bass Fishing magazine and the “FLW” television show, which airs on NBC Sports Network. The relationship also provides a variety of platforms to promote in Walmart stores as well as outside the stores where consumers attend the FLW tournaments.

“We are very pleased that a company as reputable as Quaker State has tapped into the sport of professional bass fishing,” said Trish Blake, President of FLW Marketing. “Our fans and anglers have shown tremendous loyalty to our sponsors’ products, and we are confident that Quaker State will find this partnership extremely beneficial.”


FLW is the industry’s premier tournament-fishing organization, providing anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money nationwide in 2015 over the course of 240 tournaments across five tournament circuits, four of which provide an avenue to the sport’s richest payday and most coveted championship trophy – the Forrest Wood Cup. FLW tournament fishing can be seen on the Emmy-nominated “FLW” television show and is broadcast to more than 564 million households worldwide, making it the most widely distributed weekly outdoors-sports television show in the world. For more information about FLW visit FLWFishing.com and look for FLW on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.


Quaker State® motor oil has a 70-year history as a leader in consumer automotive products and vehicle care. Quaker State is among the industry’s most innovative motor oil brands and offers a full line of products to meet every type of vehicle engine need. Quaker State is one of the first brands to develop high mileage engine motor oil. Quaker State is now the preferred service fill for Hyundai vehicles at Assurance Car Care Express service centers nationwide. For more information about the full line of Quaker State products, visit http://www.quakerstate.com.

Quaker State is produced and marketed by Shell Lubricants.


The term ‘Shell Lubricants’ collectively refers to the companies of Royal Dutch Shell plc that are engaged in the lubricants business. Shell Lubricants companies lead the lubricants industry, supplying more than 13% of global lubricants volume.* The companies manufacture and blend products for use in consumer, heavy industrial and commercial transport applications. The Shell Lubricants portfolio of top-quality brands includes Pennzoil®, Quaker State®, FormulaShell®, Shell TELLUS®, Shell RIMULA®, Shell ROTELLA® T, Shell SPIRAX® and Jiffy Lube®.

Globally, Shell motorsports technical alliances provide a testing ground for fuel and lubricant technologies and products in demanding road conditions to gain insight and develop technology for use on-track and in consumers’ vehicles. The knowledge from these and other alliances also help Shell to address tomorrow’s energy challenge with efficient mobility solutions that power and protect motorists around the world.

*Kline & Company, “Global Lubricants Industry 2012: Market Analysis and Assessment.”

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To set up the dart board you need to mount it with a soft tip face or steel tip on a wall that is sturdy such that the double bull is 5′, 8′ off of the from the floor. In order to maintain the board level to the wall, the screw that attaches the board to the wall must be centered behind the bull.

Place the throwing line of a steel tip board, called an oche, 7′, 9 1/4″ from the face of the board. The oche of a soft tip board is usually 8′ from the board. You can also mount a wooden oche onto the floor. This way the player can’t foul by stepping beyond the throwing line.

In the standard rules, the shooting order is determined by a preliminary throw. The player who shoots first is the one whose dart is the closest to the bull. Then, the players alternate turns. During a turn 3 darts are thrown. If the darts miss or bounce off of the board they can’t be re thrown.

There are 20 numbered wedges and one bull that separate the board. There are 3 sections that comprise each numerical wedge. The triple point ring is smallest section, the double point ring is the second smallest section, and the face value is the largest section. The bull has 2 sections, the double bull, worth 50 points, and the single bull, worth 25 points.

There are numerous types of dart games, but 2 of the most popular games are X01 and Round the Clock.  

Round the Clock’s objective is to hit each number on the board in numerical order. The players start at 1 and finish at 20. The players can’t move to the next number until they hit the previous number. The player who hits all 20 numbers in order first is the winner of the game.

X01 starts with a set number, normally 501 or 301. The game’s objective is to hit the wedges and then count down from the number they hit until the player reaches exactly zero. In order to win, a player needs to end the game with a double. Should the point value fall below zero, the round is broken and the player then goes back to the score that he had previously.

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