To be honest Michael, with the sad demise of Jim McLeod, you were the first Canadian ASLer I could think of. I reckoned that even if you were a fair distance away, which was always the likelyhood, you'd be able to direct him to a closer chap for assistance. My Canadian geography is almost as bad as my spelling! I have pointed him towards the canadian ASL website and that seems to have several Montreal based players. Hopefullly one of them will be able to help.
There was a game that Egyptians invented, resembling today's miniature wargames. Don't recall any data, but I think that they played it primarly for checking new tactics (kind of grandpa of Kriegspiel). So even couple of ages ago, nobody treated chess seriously. So much for "warlike chess".