The Scheming Mind


The Scheming Mind

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Normajean Yates    (2009-07-03)
The Scheming Mind

I provided a quote from Arthur Conan Doyle where Sherlock Holms says that excellence at chess is a mark of a scheming mind.

Voila, there is a correspondence site called 'the scheming mind', and its motto is precisely that quote! . This offers some variants also; it is the only site I have seen which offers the 7th century persian chess 'shatranj' at correspondence time controls.. [engines won't help in that one!]

Thibault de Vassal    (2009-07-03 01:55:36)
The Scheming Mind

This is a well known website ! I did not know how to play "Shatranj", but it is fully explained on Wikipedia :

Maybe it is worth a try.

Hannes Rada    (2009-07-03 13:52:10)
Match vs. Scheming Mind

Maybe we should try a FICGS vs. Scheming Mind match :-)

Normajean Yates    (2009-07-03 14:03:22)
ficgs v 'the scheming mind' ..

well 'the scheming mind' seems to be a no-engines no-tablebases site. But, for ficgs v 'the scheming mind' engine-use a matter of negotiation..

Mladen Jankovic    (2009-07-03 17:38:32)

I played it once, and got beaten by following the instincts from regular chess.

Strange and slow game. It's much more a simulator of a battlefield than a game.

Normajean Yates    (2009-07-05 23:39:17)
to: Mladen Jankovic : shatranj was...

shatranj *was* the regular chess once (long ago) ;) I wonder if Al-Adli, Firdawsi et al would be befuddled by today's regular chess (just assume they were resurrected today, for the sake of argument)? Or would they pick it up and become superGMs in a year's time? ;)

William Taylor    (2009-07-08 00:04:04)

Shatranj is offered at live time controls on ICC ( and I've played quite a few games of it there.
The match vs was fun so a match vs Scheming Mind could be too.

Normajean Yates    (2009-07-09 04:25:46)
icc offers live shatranj, that's why...

that's why I said 'theschemind mind' is the only site i knew that offers correspondence-time-control shatranj...

(should have made it explicit - anyway William Taylor has now...)

Mladen Jankovic    (2009-07-10 17:37:51)

Yes, I know it was the regular chess a long time ago.