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The fifty-move rule is a rule in chess which states that either player may declare a draw if no pawn has been moved and no piece has been captured within the last 50 moves.

This fairly simply rule has a somewhat contentious history. It was originally stated by Ruy López in his Libro de la invención liberal y arte del juego del Axedrez (1561), and has been questioned ever since, with Pietro Carrera arguing for a 24-move rule and Bourdonnais arguing for a 60-move rule. Eventually it was formally shown that some endgames could require more than 50 moves to play out, and a hundred-move rule was introduced, but later it was shown that some endgames could take over a hundred moves, and so everyone threw up their hands and went back to the fifty-move rule.

Over time, the exact criteria of enacting this rule have also been flexible; in some cases the fifty moves did not start being counted until one of the player requested the count start, while in…

This nodeshell was an interesting premise, and one that made me stop and think.

Besides myself, I know of two other E2 noders that are full-time writers. On top of that, I know there are between one or two dozen folks who have actually jumped through the hoops and published a book. So I sat and I puzzled until my puzzler was sore, thinking that professional author meant a little bit more.

I drifted away from E2 for a long period. After the death of…

American comic strip, created by Ernie Bushmiller and distributed by United Feature Syndicate. Nancy Ritz, a chubby little girl with a red bow in her frizzy black hair, made her debut in 1933 as the niece of the lead character in Bushmiller's "Fritzi Ritz" strip. Her popularity soon pushed Aunt Fritzi into the background of her own comic strip, and it was renamed "Nancy" in 1938. 

Besides Nancy, the main characters of the strip include: 

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