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Caleb's 4x4 Contest Round 3 -- Matt Bace vs. Alex Rode: "Kasparov's Immortal"
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Caleb's 4x4 Contest Round 3 -- Matt Bace vs. Alex Rode: "Kasparov's Immortal"
About this creation
This MOC is my entry for Round 3 of Caleb's 4x4 Context. My worthy opponent in this round is Alex Rode. The category is "Battle of the Minds".

Background: In 1999, Garry Kasparov and Veselin Topalov met in Wijk aan Zee, The Netherlands to compete in what has since been regarded as one of the greatest chess matches ever played. The game, dubbed "Kasparov's Immortal", was marked by extremely aggressive play on the part of Kasparov, who successively sacrificed a rook, a knight, and then another rook to gain positional advantage and keep his opponent on the ropes. By the end of the game, Kasparov had chased Topalov's king clear across the board.

The MOC: This MOC shows the positions of the pieces at the end of the game, just before Topalov (black) resigned. Kasparov had just moved his queen to a7, essentially guaranteeing the capture of Topalov's rook. I have divided the board into two pieces so that it will fit within the 4x4 footprint. The right half of the board is on the bottom and the left half of the board is on top. In between the two halves is a chess clock. On top of everything, I've placed a large version of Kasparov's white king.









Given the small size of the board, I had to get a little creative to represent the pieces. The following picture is a key, showing how I built the king, queen, rook, and pawn pieces.



Finally, we have the two "proof of dimesional constraint" pictures, showing that the MOC fits within the height, width, and depth limits.








Comments

 I like it 
  November 26, 2013
@Matt: Thank you; same for you. It was an honor facing you; I'm rooting for you!
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  November 26, 2013
Quoting Caleb in the Philippines w/internet) Very nice work! I know you've already got the votes to advance, but you've got my vote.
Thank you, and I wish you a safe return from the Philippines, whenever the good work you are doing there is done.
 I like it 
  November 26, 2013
Very nice work! I know you've already got the votes to advance, but you've got my vote.
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  November 25, 2013
Quoting Matt W. I love this MOC! So far in the contest, your builds have been my favorite, and you have won my vote! Great build!
Thanks. I don't know what the next round will hold, but I hope I'll be able to continue to come up with good ideas (which I think is really the key here, since all of the contestants are great builders).
 I made it 
  November 25, 2013
Quoting Alex Rode @Matt: In your response to David's comment, I think you really hit a good point. For some reason my creations generate a lot of likes, even if the build isn't the best. I think you deserve more recognition, and I can't wait 'till you hit 100. Best of luck with the rest of the judges.
Alex, your MOCs are excellent, including your entry for this round, and I'm definitely looking forward to seeing more from you in the future. Keep building!
 I like it 
  November 24, 2013
I love this MOC! So far in the contest, your builds have been my favorite, and you have won my vote! Great build!
 I like it 
  November 24, 2013
@Matt: In your response to David's comment, I think you really hit a good point. For some reason my creations generate a lot of likes, even if the build isn't the best. I think you deserve more recognition, and I can't wait 'till you hit 100. Best of luck with the rest of the judges.
 I made it 
  November 22, 2013
Quoting Thomas of Tortuga Ingenious idea, and great presentation into the bargain!
Thanks! I came up with this idea pretty quickly and decided to just go with it, and, as it turns out, I still haven't been able to think of anything better.
 I like it 
  November 22, 2013
Ingenious idea, and great presentation into the bargain!
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  November 21, 2013
Quoting David FNJ This is just a nice looking MOC - the presentation is pretty good, the techniques and details are nice, and you fit the category excellently! I do believe that you out-built Alex on this one despite his nice midi figures. Congratulations! You have my vote! Good luck with the other judges. ~FNJ
Thanks. After seeing Alex's entry, and the wave of likes that it generated, I started to doubt whether this MOC would be good enough, even though I still can't think of anything better to do with this category.
  November 20, 2013
This is just a nice looking MOC - the presentation is pretty good, the techniques and details are nice, and you fit the category excellently! I do believe that you out-built Alex on this one despite his nice midi figures. Congratulations! You have my vote! Good luck with the other judges. ~FNJ
 I like it 
  November 20, 2013
Excellent take on the category! Nice micro chess pieces as well as the normal LEGO built king piece!
 I like it 
  November 16, 2013
Really creative idea.
 I made it 
  November 13, 2013
Quoting Nick Barrett An inspired choice of subject, beautifully done. Good luck!
Thanks! I had a few other ideas, but went with this one because it fit the category so much better. I hope the judges agree.
  November 13, 2013
An inspired choice of subject, beautifully done. Good luck!
 I made it 
  November 12, 2013
Quoting Josh Walter Fantastic! As a chess junkie, I totally appreciate this build - and it looks great too!
Thanks. I have to admit that I have only a limited knowledge of chess strategy myself. Most of what I know I acquired by "osmosis" from my friends who were on the high school chess team. But I definitely know enough to appreciate Kasparov's legacy, and I was happy that I could figure out a way to work it into a MOC.
 I like it 
  November 12, 2013
Fantastic! As a chess junkie, I totally appreciate this build - and it looks great too!
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  November 11, 2013
Quoting matt rowntRee Matt, this is truly inspirational! Kasparov's Immortal was the single most amazingly aggressive match ever. The accomplishment of rendering it in Lego, in the 4X4 footprint is genius. I love the fact that it represents something unobvious and yet so completely cerebral. Fantastic idea perfectly executed! Madness!!!
Thanks, Matt. To be honest, it's been a long time since I've played a game of chess. I figured, though, that most people would have at least a some vague familiarity with Kasparov, if not the Immortal game itself. Once I conceived of the idea, I pretty much knew that it would be the one I'd go with -- chess pretty much epitomizes the theme "Battle of the Minds".
 I like it 
  November 11, 2013
Matt, this is truly inspirational! Kasparov's Immortal was the single most amazingly aggressive match ever. The accomplishment of rendering it in Lego, in the 4X4 footprint is genius. I love the fact that it represents something unobvious and yet so completely cerebral. Fantastic idea perfectly executed! Madness!!!
 I made it 
  November 11, 2013
Quoting Caleb of Enalica Great work! Fits quite nicely in the category :) Good luck!
Thanks. It was a tough category, to be sure. My other choices for a MOC in this category were nowhere near as good. They might have made better builds, but they definitely would not have represented the category as well.
 I made it 
  November 11, 2013
Quoting clayton Marchetti Wow! This is positively brilliant entry! The pieces are so easily recognizable and the idea of splitting the board was genius! I love the clock in the center and the white king on top. Most impressive!
Thanks, Clayton! The idea really just came to me all of a sudden, but after it did, I had a pretty strong feeling that I wouldn't think of anything better in the next two weeks.
 I like it 
  November 11, 2013
Great work! Fits quite nicely in the category :) Good luck!
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  November 11, 2013
Quoting Alex Rode Wow, absolutely fantastic! The clean look you portray is stellar, and so is the idea. I'll really have to work hard to match this; well done!
Thanks, Alex. I'm looking forward to seeing your entry as well. I know it will be something great.
 I like it 
  November 11, 2013
Wow! This is positively brilliant entry! The pieces are so easily recognizable and the idea of splitting the board was genius! I love the clock in the center and the white king on top. Most impressive!
 I like it 
  November 11, 2013
Wow, absolutely fantastic! The clean look you portray is stellar, and so is the idea. I'll really have to work hard to match this; well done!
 I made it 
  November 11, 2013
Quoting Achintya Prasad Great work! Quite unconventional, if you ask me; I would've done something like the Manhattan Project, or the Saturn V build. The pieces look great!
Thanks! When I first saw this category, I didn't know what to make of it, then I got a sudden wave of inspiration. After thinking about it for a day, I couldn't come up with anything I like better, so I went with the chess game. Your ideas aren't bad either -- I could easily see how the Saturn V could be done inside the 4x4 limits.
 I made it 
  November 11, 2013
Quoting Mister Lego ~ Neat idea!
Thanks!
 I like it 
  November 11, 2013
Great work! Quite unconventional, if you ask me; I would've done something like the Manhattan Project, or the Saturn V build. The pieces look great!
 I like it 
  November 11, 2013
Neat idea!
 
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