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New Media Series—Guido van der Werve: Number Twelve: Variations on a Theme
September 9, 2011–January 8, 2012

Guido van der Werve, Dutch, born 1977; Number Twelve: Variations on a Theme, 2009; video; 40 min.; Courtesy of the Artist, Galerie Juliette Jongma, Amsterdam, Luhring Augustine, New York and Marc Foxx, Los Angeles; © Guido van der Werve

The Game

In Number Twelve: Variations on a Theme, Dutch artist and filmmaker Guido van der Werve interweaves the unlikely fields of chess, astronomy, and music theory using a chess game as the vehicle.

Crafted especially for the artist by Grandmaster Leonid Yudasin, the game begins with the King's Gambit, a series of opening moves once popular during the 19th century and rarely played today. The game concludes in a stalemate.

Using the notation below you can play the game on your own chess board or computer.

A note about Algebraic Chess Notation

Within Algebraic Notation, each square on a chess board is given a file and a rank represented by letters and numbers. Letters are issued horizontally from left to right, a through h. Vertical ranks are numbered one through eight. Together these files and ranks create a unique identification for each square on the board with a letter and number: for example, c1 or f6.

Each chess piece also has a short hand annotation which is represented by an upper case letter. K is king, Q is queen, R is rook, B is bishop, and N is knight. The pawns are indicated by the absence of a letter.

A move is indicated by the letter of the piece and its intended movement on the board represented by the file and number of the square it is moved to. For instance, e4 represents the pawn in file e moving up to the rank 4 on the board.

An x after the letter of the indicated piece designates a capture of another opposing piece: ex. Qxc6 would indicate that the Queen made a capture after moving to c6 on the board. A + proceeding a move signifies a checkmate.

Typically when written, the moves of the white pieces will be written on the left, and moves of the black pieces will be written on the right.

Chess Game in Three Movements

composed by Grand Master Leonid Yudasin
New York 2008


The board after 9. 0-0
The board after 26.Bxc6
The board after 80.Bxe4
Opening
1.e4
2.f4
3.Bc4
4.Nc3
5.Bb3
6.exd5
7.d4
8.Nf3
9.0–0
e5
exf4
Nf6
c6
d5
cxd5
Bd6
0–0
Middle Game
9.
10.Ne5
11.Nxc6
12.Bxf4
13.Qd3
14.Bg5
15.Rae1
16.Ba4
17.Qf5
18.Bxf6
19.Qe5
20.Qg3
21.Qf2
22.Nd1
23.Qxf6
24.Qxc6
25.Kh1
26.Bxc6
Be6
Nc6
bxc6
Be7
Qd7
Bg4
Bh5
Rfe8
Qb7
Bg6
gxf6
Qb6
Rad8
Bf8
Bg7
Bxd4+
Qxc6
End Game
26.
27.Rxe1
28.Nc3
29.Nxd5
30.h3
31.a4
32.Bb5
33.Nf4
34.Rxb1
35.Nd5
36.Bd7
37.Nf4+
38.Ne2
39.Kh2
40.Ng3
41.Bc6
42.Nh1
43.Kg3
44.Kf3
45.Nf2
46.Ke2
47.Nd3
48.Kf3
49.Kf4
50.Ke3
51.Nf4+
52.Bb5
53.Nd3
54.Kd4
55.Ke3
56.Kf4
57.Nf2
58.Kf3
59.Bc6
60.g4
61.Kxg3
62.h4
63.Kg2
64.Nh3
65.Ng5
66.Nh3+
67.Nf2
68.h5
69.Nh3
70.Bf3
71.Bd1
72.Kf1
73.Nf2
74.Bb3
75.Bd1
76.h6
77.Bb3
78.Bd1
79.Bxf3
80.Ne4+
Rxe1
Bxc2
Rb8
Rxb2
Kg7
a5
Bf5
Rb1
Bxb1
Kg6
Be4
Kg5
Bf2
h5
Bd3
f5
Bc5
h4+
Kf6
Bc2
Bb3
Bd4
Bd1+
Bc3
Ke6
Kd6
Bg7
Bh6+
Bg7+
Kd5
Kd4
Bc2
Bh6
Bb3
hxg3
Ke3
Bf4+
Be5
Bd1
Kf4
Ke3
Bb3
Bg7
Bf7
Be8
Bc6
f4
Kd2
f3
Bf8
Bxh6
Bf8
Bc5
Bxf3
Bxe4


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