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It was last modified on: 2002-06-21
 By Ralph  Betza. Captain Spalding Chess. Find an Elephant in your Pajamas.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
George Duke wrote on 2016-10-04 UTCGood ★★★★

Half or more of Betza's 150 games in CVPage have, as Captain Spalding does, realistic opening moves or entire game scores annotated for examples. Here too are couple pieces in Betza Notation by Betza himself that Muller and Florea have been revisiting. Captain Spalding is character by Groucho Marx in 1930 'Animal Crackers'. The first talkie at all was 1927, and most European countries had first talking movie production in same 1930. Marx Brothers play Chess: Chess.

Harpo Marx watches Chess in Moscow: Chess_Match_in_1931


Anonymous wrote on 2010-03-15 UTCExcellent ★★★★★

Yu Ren Dong wrote on 2009-07-08 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
The theme of this variant is fantastic enough. I like these imaginative power.

Charles Gilman wrote on 2003-04-19 UTCGood ★★★★
I notice that you have not used the initial G for any piece. Surely using G for Great Elephant, E for Elephant, and L for Lint would make the notation easier. The game is quite a departure from standard Chess, and the more intuitive the notation the better. I look forward to variants based on other Marx Bros. characters.

Peter Aronson wrote on 2002-08-19 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
After playing around with this game a bit, it seems to me that the Great Pajamas are somewhat disadvantaged: the Box can pull out unlimited Bats, as long as the one per column rule is followed, and the Pajamas can keep pulling out Elephants, as long as there is only one of your color on the board at a time, but once the Great Pajamas have pulled out the Great Elephant, all they can do is generate Dust Bunnies and Dust Demons. It doesn't seem fair. <p> Perhaps the Great Pajamas should also be able to pull out an Investigator and/or a Cook. Cooks, as we know from Cheskers, are Camels (Long Knights). An Investigator would be a Nemesis -- a piece that moves like a King, but only towards the opposing Royal piece. Now, in Captain Spalding Chess that would be too powerful, so perhaps it could have a Nemesis that moves like a Wazir, but can only makes moves that would leave it closer to the opposing Box. If an Investigator is captured, it may be pulled out by the Great Pajamas again.

Peter Aronson wrote on 2002-06-20 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
This does look like fun! It's an interesting question if it is better to play your Rhino and Headless Rhinos early, or to keep them safe in the box. Elephants and Great Elephants of course should come out and play as soon as possible. <p>As for Lint to Dust Bunny to Dust Demon -- you may have found another great train of evolution to rival Paperclip to Coathanger to Bicycle. <p>As for the credits, your stuff has long and often had a light-hearted (and erudite) touch -- you didn't really get it from me.

John Lawson wrote on 2002-06-19 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
My daughter has raised the question, 'If there are Headless Rhinos, why are there no Rhino heads in the Box?' I suggested that they had been reduced to Crumbs, but this explanation was rejected on the grounds that the rest of the Rhino would also be Crumbs.

Jason Shields wrote on 2002-06-16 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
ROFLMAO!! I gotta play this =D

John Lawson wrote on 2002-06-15 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
But where is the Schnorer? Or the Bromeliads?

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