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Star Wars


May 4 2022

May the 4th be with you! Also, I go over a short chess game.

==May the 4th be with you!==

Today is Star Wars day, because of the word play with the expression “May the 4th be with you”.

I have enjoyed all of the Star Wars movies, but my favorite remains Return of The Jedi, since it was the first movie I could fully understand when I saw it during its original release in the theaters. Of the prequel trilogy, I like Revenge of the Sith the most, and of the Disney batch of movies, I like Rogue One the most.

==Legal’s mate==

Legall de Kermeur was the best chess player in the world from around 1730 to 1755. Since records of the moves played in chess games (game scores) were not readily kept in that era, only one of his many games is still extant, a very short and famous game, which I will describe here.

All chess diagrams are interactive. Click on “>” to see the next move, “<” to go back a move. In the first diagram, it is also possible to click on “<<” to go to the beginning of a game, and “>>” to see how the game ends. “Reset” in the other diagrams will move the game back to the position being illustrated. Alegbraic notation is used to describe the chess moves made.

Let’s look at this game.

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 d6 3. Bc4 Bg4 4. Nc3 g6?

5. Nxe5! Bxd1

6. Bxf7+ Ke6. 7. Nd5#

The code and graphics to make the chess game diagram come from a variety of open source projects. There is a list of contributors and copyrights for the hard working people who made these chess diagrams possible. Also, the diagram code has a GitHub page.

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