These guys are what brings chess to another level!
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Age: Almost 2000 years old
Favorite Childhood Memory: Once, while learning how to castle, the King only moved one square over and when the Rook went to jump over his head, the Rook tripped and fell, knocking over all of the pawns.
Biggest Fear: Sitting across the file from an enemy rook or being caught in a knight fork.
Advice to Chess Players: "Honestly, I am darn scared of rooks and queens. I like to hide away in the corner of the board until there aren't many pieces left on the board. After that, I love to come out and capture enemy pawns, chase knights, and help my own pawns reach the other side of the board. That is what I am best at." (The King quoted from an interview in London, 1889.)
Favorite Activity: Putting on her spiked rollerblades and scaring the enemy with her big hair.
Favorite Holiday: Halloween, because she always wins a prize for scariest costume.
Worst Memory: Starting a war on the wrong colored square and getting her shoes and dress dirty before it even started.
Biggest Fear: Getting brought out to war too early and getting forked and skewered by enemy knights and bishops.
Advice to Chess Players: "Hmmm, I'm not a women of many words. I usually let my actions speak for themselves. Lets just say keep everyone out of my way so I can move fast and far. Back me up with a rook, bishop, or knight and slide me in for a checkmate.
Favorite Dance: Anything Disco
Favorite Place to Buy Clothes: Vintage thrift stores and a New York shop called "John Travolta's Closet".
Worst Memory: The first time he tried to jump onto a different colored square and blew up hundreds of feet into the air.
Biggest Fear: Being treated like a pawn and being trapped behind slower pieces. The Bishop needs room to boogie.
Advice to Chess Players: "Brothers and Sisters - you know I love to dance! Get me onto a big'ole long diagonal and watch me shine. Don't you be treatin' me like some measly wimp pawn by blocking me in. Best of all, aim me toward the enemy king and I will disco-twist him into chess jail!" (Overheard speaking to a group of youngsters at a New York breakdancing convention, 1982.)
Favorite Activity: Putting King and Queen in a Royal Fork
Worst Habit: Accidentally slobbering on King and Queen
Favorite Memory: The first time he tried to jump over the King and didn't fall on his head.
Biggest Fear: Being trapped on the sides of the board
Advice to Chess Players: "Neigh neigh, whinney whinney, bppugh bpughh." (Translation: 'I like to jump jump jump and be near the enemy king where I can help deliver checkmate. Place me in the center of the board where I keep an eye on everything, and back me up with a pawn or two. From my central outposts I am very valuable. Don't you forget it!')
Favorite Activity: Teaming up with another rook or the queen and aiming at the enemy king.
Favorite Food: Warm rocks and milk.
Most Embarrassing Moment: Accidentally moving diagonally during his first time on the chess board.
Advice to Chess Players: "Two rooks are better than one. If you get two of us rooks lined up on a file we can be very powerful. Almost as powerful as a queen (but don't tell her I said that!) We don't like being stuck behind pawns, so open up some space for us to move up and down, side to side."
Size: Small and wimpy
Lifelong Goal: Get to the other side of the board and become a powerful queen.
Favorite Memory: Figuring out how to do pawn power and peform the tricky "En passant"
Most Embarrassing Moment: Getting caught sucking his thumb when he thought the other pieces weren't looking.
Advice to Chess Players: "I don't know what to say. I am kind of nervous. Well, even though everybody calls me wimpy, they sure hate it when I take them to chess jail. My buddies and I control the chessboard by forming strong pawn chains. But we really want is to become powerful like the queen.... (sigh)..." (Interview with World Champion Bobby Fischer prior to the 1972 Rekjavik Match.)