The boards (twelve) are divided into three groups of four. The colour up from one to twelve should be (Your men) First two BLACK next t*o WHITE, next two BLACK, next two WHITE and so on. As you will at the start you go to the first board and await your opponent's opening move, when he makes this, you do not reply (make your move) yet—you pass to the next board. Again you have black so you wait for the first move to be made. Now you reach board three where you have the white and must move first—so you simply duplicate the first move as was made by board ONE. On the next board, four, you make the move from board two—

and so it goes on. Outside of remembering a couple of moves for a few seconds and being observant enough to make the correct moves—there is no skill required at all. If you forget the move—you can always look back a couple of boards and check.

A few final tips on this subject; do not allow the matches to be recorded by chess notation as they sometimes are during tournaments. If you do so, your ruse will be discovered as six games will be alike. If you are moving quickly and you arrive at a board (say No. 5) and your opponent has not yet decided his move, simply miss him out and also miss out his partner (No. 7) on that time down the row. You only make one move each time you move along the row—and each time you reach board number twelve, you then go back to number one and start over again.

The Mate in One Problem

Many years ago Tartakower a famous chess-player walked into "The Gambit" a well-known chess club and restaurant in London, and bet with all present that he could show them a Mate in ONE problem—that they couldn't solve. He won. Chess problems for a mate in two, three or four are commonplace—but mate in one is unheard of. It is taken for granted that the position would be so simple that it would be obvious. However, this position, although painfully simple—will defy the brains of the greatest chessmaster—as the answer is a trick! It is well worth knowing as it makes a very good publicity stunt to perform when you meet a chess-player.

The exact position is this:—

The ruling is "White to move and mate in One" (diagram) (Moving up the board).



The Art Of Cold Reading

The Art Of Cold Reading

Today I'm going to teach you a fundamental Mentalism technique known as 'cold reading'. Cold reading is a technique employed by mentalists and charlatans and by charlatan I refer to psychics, mediums, fortune tellers or anyone that claims false abilities that is used to give the illusion that the person has some form of super natural power.

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