A Chess Competition:
Team Lego versus Team Moomin
& the Bionicle Brains
Team Lego (the
black team) is represented by
Gry (9 years old) and consists
King = Harry Potter with a top hat (hp)
Queen = Egyptian Queen (eq)
(Note: We have no female Lego faces, but make due.)
Bishops 1 and 2 = monocle guys wearing white dome hats (rb1,
Knights (or horses) = Lego guys holding swords (ks1, ks2)
Rooks (castles) = Lego guys with racing driver helmets (rd1,
Pawns = Legos with mostly white
zombie heads and no feet (zl)
Team Moomin/Bionicle (the white team) is represented by
Judith (the super competitive Mamma).
My experience with the Moomin characters is through reading both
Norwegian and English translations of the books by Tove Jansson.
If the names are different in Finnish, I do not know them.
But here I try to use the English names.
The Moomin/Bionicle Team consists of
King = Moomin Pappa
(mp) (på norsk "Moomin" er Mummi.)
Queen = Moomin Mamma (mm)
at c1 = Snufkin
(på norsk Snusmumrikken)
Bishop at f1 = Sniff (sf)
at b1 = Snork Maiden (Snorkfrøken) (sm)
Knight at g1 = Little My (Lille My) (my)
Rook at a1 = Snorkin (brother to Snork Maiden has glasses) (sg)
Rook at h1= Moomintroll
Pawns = Bionicle brains of various
The teams meet for the first time.
Little My discusses strategy with Moomintroll.
Moomin Mamma thinks about afternoon tea
and caring for Moomin Pappa.
looks on, at a safe distance for all.
It is a little bit tense before the battle.
And a little bit scary.
Start Table: 1
But finally the battle commences.
G1 -> G3
G8(H) -> F6
F2 -> f3
G7 -> g5
B1(H) -> c3
B8(H) -> c6
A2 -> a3
C6 (H) -> d4
B2 -> b4
D7 -> d6
C3 –> a4
C8 (B)-> e6
C1(B) -> b2
D8(Q) -> d7
B2 x d4
Sometimes there was so much action and the photos
came out blurry. :-)
(Rokade på norsk)
team Lego moved the pieces too far.
I think hp should be in c8 and rd1 in d8 for a
But I was not sure, and this is what she
H3 (H) x
The arrival of pizza has caused attentions to
f8 (B) -> h6
G5 (H) x h7
After this move Team Moomin
did not feel very smart.
It was obvious that “My” was in big trouble.
b8 (K) -> a8
But,the last hit was perhaps too upsetting.
ignored her Rook (racing-driver-lego)
the next move.
D4 (B) x h8
Resulting in more trouble.
Team Moomin was not getting any pizza.
c8(R) x h8
And having had her fill, Team Lego took a real piece.
c2 -> c4
“My” was still in trouble with
Another distraction was needed.
H8 -> g8
We thought Team Lego would move the knight “ks2”.
But she must be thinking of moving out her knight to
because she still does not
C4 x d5
And because My is obviously invisible,
I take the knight.
Team Lego is now grumbling at me
for taking all her pieces.
g8 (R) -> g6 (hmm, Here comes "Speed Racer".)
D5 x e6
Again, she is angry.
f7 x e6
d1 (Q) -> c2
G6 (R) -> g5 (???)
H2 -> h4
Team Moomin really wishes to move “My” to take
But Team Lego is so focused on driver-rook, we must line up a threat.
She should at least move to G7, but lego-driver is going center.
G5 (R) -> d5
H7 (H) -> f8
Now it is safe to move “My” and wait.
D5 (R) -> d4
She is not sure what to do with driver-rook
now that he is in the center.
F8 (K) x d7
“My” takes down the queen.
d4 (R) x b4
Only desperation is left.
a3 x b4
e6 -> e5
G3 -> g4
D6 -> d5
G4 -> g5
She is not following any longer.
C7 -> c6
G5 x h6
d5 -> d4
H6 -> h7
A7 -> a6
H7 -> h8
Pawn becomes a queen. King is in check.
a8 (K) -> b7
But, this is still going to take a while...
H8(Q) -> h7
E7 -> e6
D7 x E5
B7 (K) -> c8
E5 (K) x c6
E6 -> e5
B2 (K) -> a4
B6 -> b5
A4 -> b6
Finally... check mate.
Gry says it is my fault that I
picked the Moomin Team.
I think it was too hard for
the Lego team
to remember what her pieces were suppose
But Gry says it was a little fun
to play with Lego bricks.
Judith always tries (and likes) to win. :-)
We talk about our chess mistakes later.