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Magnetising chessmen
« on: November 22, 2010, 06:41AM »
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A few people have recently suggested fitting small magnets into the bases of their standard wooden chessmen to use on their electronic chess sets. No problem. But Beware. I read a thread in the past couple of days suggesting that small magnets sold on the internet for use on slot cars could be used. These tiny round (4mm dia x 2mm thick) magnets referred to may be the Neodymium (rare earth magnets) which are widely advertised now. These little beasts have been quoted somewhere recently as ā€¯being able to suck a black hole in spaceā€¯, and I can confirm that this is a fair description. If you have a reed switch sensor electronic chess set and use pieces fitted with these types of magnets, there is a fair chance you will destroy all your reeds and maybe even wipe your processorā€™s memory (depending on its location). Credit card and similar chips will also be wiped unusable if exposed to these little monsters. Experiment if you will but not on the surface of your beloved electronic chess set until you are certain your magnets are not trying to pull the innards out of it.
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