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Gajiens ar Zirdzinu Mystery Cache

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Hidden : 05/27/2008
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Size: Size:   micro (micro)

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Gajiens ar Zirdzinu [Tour with Knight] is dedicated to Last Chess Romantic, 8th world champion - Mihails Tals [Mikhail Tal]. Who was born and lived in Riga.

Mikhail Nekhemievich Tal was born November 9, 1936 in Riga, Latvia. He learned chess from his father when he was eight years old. In 1953 he won his first Latvian Championship, and the following year he earned the title of Soviet Master. In 1957, he became the youngest-ever Soviet Champion. In 1960, following a string of victories in strong tournaments (including a second consecutive Soviet Championship, the Potoroz Interzonal and the Candidates in Yugoslavia), he became World Chess Champion with a match victory over Mikhail Botvinnik. Suffering from poor health, he then lost the rematch the next year. He never qualified for a title match again.

To find a cache you need to make a Tour with Knight. A tour starts in square a1, which is also one of the entrances in Vermanes darzs. How you know from chess rules: The knight move is unusual among chess pieces. When it moves, it can move two squares horizontally and one square vertically, or two squares vertically and one square horizontally. The complete move therefore looks like the letter 'L'. Unlike all other standard chess pieces, the knight can 'jump over' all other pawns and pieces (of either colour) to its destination square. It captures an enemy piece by moving into its square.

So You have a chess field 8x8 and Knight. You need to move Knight that, so he steps on each square one time. After that you will find a square with number 16 (16th move), where the cache is located. To make mission little bit easier, I give you a chess field with some steps from tour and a fields outside corners coordinates:
  • a1 - N56° 56.994 E024° 07.100
  • a8 - N56° 57.147 E024° 06.924
  • h1 - N56° 57.069 E024° 07.254
  • h8 - N56° 57.173 E024° 07.170

At some of given squares you can find an accents of the park:
1 - Tours start
7 - M.Tals monument
23 - A.Vermanes monument
34 - Stage in park
35 - Fountain
37 - G.Merkela monument
41 - Tea`s maisonette
55 - Childrens playground
64 - Tour ends

When you complete the tour and find it a square No.16, you will recognize that square in real life is ~30x30 meters, but there is not much places where to hide it. Just use the hint.

Container is micro. It contains only logbook, so bring your pen or pencil with you and also please be very carefuly, it`s a very public place. Stealth required very much!!!

Good luck, and don`t forget to take your chess desk with you to play some chess game in the park.

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