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Exchange Sacrifices

A few days ago, I embarked upon a chess trail of links and games. It began two days ago when I saw greenpawn34’s post in the Chess Forum remarking on the number of decisive games in the Sinquefield cup: 165280. I saw the Giri–Grischuk game and the So- MVL game and was enthralled. I then, attempting to find similar things, searched online these keywords: “red hot pawn exchange sacrifice” and got this link: old rhp thread , and this one: online chess thread, each with an interesting game. The first one connected to a variation from a book, which I then pulled from the shelf. And that’s my rambling intro for today. Onto the games.

Anish Giri–Alexander Grischuk Sinquefield Cup 2015
1. Nf3 d5 2. d4 Nf6 3. c4 e6 4. g3 Bb4 5. Bd2 Be7 {Black claims the bishop is misplaced on d2, while whi...
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The Gambit. + Karpov - Kasparov 1985

I went to see this at the Edinburgh Fringe.
Title here

It's a play based on Karpov meeting Kasparov 25 years after game 24 in
their second World Championship match in 1985. (you can do the maths)

This first dilemma was how do I pay to get in?
Title here

You see the girl selling the tickets was very pretty and I can either pa...

Manifold Topics

Several things to attend to today: The Wei Yi game everyone is fussing about, a bit on The Thinking Machine 4, and a game by ptobler.

Here is a picture of Wei Yi: (credit: The Telegraph:

Wei Yi

Wei Yi - Lazaro Bruzon Batista, 6th Hainan Danzhou 2015
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. Nc3 a6 {To prevent knight hops to b5, creating a safe haven for the queen on c7.} 4. Be2 Nc6 5. d4 cxd4 {Black refuses to completely yield the center.} 6. Nxd4 Qc7 7. O-O Nf6 8. Be3 {This protects the a7-g1 diagonal before 9. f4, and protects the d4 knight nicely.} Be7 9. f4 {Gearing up for a kingside a...
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Red Hot Pawn Rooks


I introduced this character last blog. Let us look at him in detail.

Now we see RookMan in action v BishopGirl.

(I do hope you lot appreciate the effort that goes into creating this blog.
I'm now at the drawing and colouring in cartoons stage which is a clear...

The RHP Games Explorer

There is a new game explorer! Hooray!

With it, we are able to see that player e4e5nf3 chose his username brilliantly. When he plays 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 as White, he has a winning percentage of 100% over ten games. As Black, he has also never lost in this line. (It has, however, never been played against him.)

His game against littletwink was a good example of piece coordination.

e4e5nf3-littletwink RHP 2008
1. e4 e5 2. Ng1f3 c5 {A weakening move that undermines Black’s control of d5. It also blunders a pawn.} 3. Nf3xe5 f6 {A serious mistake now by Black. The e8-h5 diagonal is now ripe for the picking.} 4. Ne5f3 {White should have attacked further with 4. Qh5+. This wins White loads of material after 4…g6 5. Nxg6 hxg6 6. Qxh8.} Ng8h6 {Black gets out a knight.} 5. d4 {Simple, straig...
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Rook Man the Super Hero + Bullet Chess

I know what you are all thinking. What is that crazy swine greenpawn up to now.

Is this cover the prelude to a creepy beast being released on the chess board.

It could be. Good idea. I do have a game where a Black Knight goes on the prowl...

Trawling the Internet

I, casting my net over the waves of the World Wide Web today, found two awesome things. One is a game online, played by GM Max Dlugy while he commentates live. The only unusual part? Dlugy loses!

Here is the video:


The game:...
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The Games Explorer + The Eccentric Bishop

The Eccentric Bishop.

Hi, and I’ll kick off with one of those cartoons you wish you had thought up yourself.
Alien Queen

More of the artist Richard Sargent‘s work here but only this one is chess related.

Richard Sargen...

Canadian Chess

I was in Montreal and Edmonton each to watch the semifinal games of the Women’s World Cup. (My condolences, Laura Bassett.) I have a chess story from each. In Montreal, I visited an interesting cafe named Café Pi.

Café Pi Outside

Café Pi Outside

(Both pictures from ...
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GM Walter Browne

RIP Walter Browne.

Here are two games of his.

Walter Browne–Kerry Lawless San Francisco 1969 ...
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Dundee + Cool Chess + Anecdotes

I went to Dundee to see the good ship, ‘Discovery’.

Nelson lost a leg on this ship when he won the battle of Waterloo.

A few days after the battle the ship was I think sold to Captain Scott.
Captain Scott

He was a famous engineer……(he built the Flying Scotsman...

Fischer Spassky Game 6 (The RHP Way)

The cover of the June 1972 ‘Chess Life & Review’ published a few
months before the Fischer - Spassky match. Brezhnev and Kosygin
are asking Spassky, who has a pile of books for defences v 1.e4 what
he will do if Bobby does not play 1.e4. A prophetic magazine cover. ...

The CANdidates Tournament

As Caruana and Nakamura have freshly qualified for the Candidates tournament along with last year’s challenger, Anand, let’s take a look at a brilliant game each.


Tibor Fogarasi–Fabiano Caruana Budapest 2007
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 a6 5. Nc3 Qc7 {Black, having neglected development to take away squares from the White knights, can safely put the queen here.} 6. Bd3 {White puts the bishop on an active diagonal and overprotects e4.} Nf6
7. O-O Bc5 8. Nb3 {The knight retreats to gain a tempo on the bishop and assist a possible f5-push.} Ba7 {The bishop moves to avoid capture.} 9. Kh1 {To get off the a7-g1 diagonal, and so prepare f2-f4.} Nc6 10. Bg5 h5 {Black begins the attack.} 11. Bxf6 gxf6
12. f4 {...
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Oddities and Development

First of all, I apologize for not putting up a post in a long time. A month. I’ve been really busy, and I’ll post more often now.

We go to a few of the stranger positions I have recently had. (sorry if this seems a tad egotistical)

golddog2-HikaruShindo RHP 2015
2k5/p4p2/2p2p2/2p3p1/5p2/1K5P/3r2P1/8 w - - 0 34

Here golddog2 sportingly resigned. However, I was hoping for a chance to round up the h- and g-pawns. Black would then have seven (!) passed pawns, along with a strikingly bad pawn structure...
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Don't Think Ahead in Chess.

"When you don't know what to play, wait for an idea to come into your opponent's
mind. You may be sure that idea will be wrong." Siegbert Tarrasch 1862 - 1934.

(That is not Tarrasch………..Russ)

I know but all the pictures of Tarrasch are copyright. and I cannot...

LIVE Session : Middle game: I have no plan! Finished


The live chat is on youtube

I hope you enjoyed this video lesson blog

the article by Natalia Pogonina from 201...

A Fantastic Philidor Legacy

That is me standing outside John Cochrane’s Edinburgh house on George Square.

The headline from the newspaper I am holding.

In 20 years from now when you go into Joe’s Dinner and ask where
were you when greenpawn printed that famous Red Hot Pawn game...
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Tokyo (HEROZ, Inc.) – HEROZ, Inc. (HEROZ), providing mobile applications with Artificial Intelligence (AI), and Natalia Pogonina (Natalia), who is the Vice Women’s World Chess Champion, have mutually agreed to popularize Chess through a mobile app, “CHESS HEROZ”. From here on, Natalia Pogonina will be the official partner of HEROZ.

Natalia is a chess grandmaster and one of the best female chess players in the world. Since 2004 she has been a member of Team Russia and is the reigning Olympic Women's Chess Champion.

AI x mobile as the key concept, HEROZ takes on the challenge in the world stage, providing mobile applications with AI function such as Shogi Wars (Japanese Chess app) and other new apps in various fi...


...and the Case of The Dualing Knights

A long time ago, I was discovering the world of chess problems. A friend of mine, Lior, presented an intriguing idea. White, armed with a mere pawn, forces a win against a complete Black army. Naturally, this Black army would be tripping over itself a bit, while the pawn raced away to promote.

I had read enough about problems to hear of the stricture,Duals are considered a flaw in a problem's solution, and should be avoided if possible.A 'dual' is simply an alternative line that reaches the same goal, as in the following crude example.

LIVE lesson: Middle game : Tactical review - [ended]


Middle Game: How to examine the Crime Scene.


Game being reviewed:
popeyethesailor (1545) vs Archrival (1326)
event 2015 April Hardcore Grand I 1300-1400

If you would like to follow with the game being reviewed the PGN is below. ...

365 puzzles + A 125 year old Trap + Mike Lomax.

Picked this up £5.00 at the Edinburgh Congress.

Good Book and no I’m not going to repeat a format I used recently by
showing some positions from the book and then some RHP examples.

I can’t! Joe Gallagher shows a very good trick he actually walked into and...


Today, American Civil War generals do battle. Lee versus Grant! Curiously enough, there are three players in the United States Chess Federation Database named…Grant Lee! (

versus ...
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Middle game : Box Vision : How to beat it

Box Vision
Box vision1

My next guide for the middle game covers something that is something of a epidemic among chess players. The Illness I call it , is Box vision. You see the chess board is made out of 64 squares a square shape so that means you can divided that box by 4 to make 4 smaller boxes so they are 4 by 4 squares. This makes it easier for people to handle in their minds eyes. ...

Chess: Diversion


This picture I drew when I was younger from my favorite chess book at the time. A chess pawn looking at a sign post.


The next phase of the training is to start covering the middle game. There really is no point covering the end game tactics if your middle game is so bad you do not make it ten (10) moves without falling apart. ...

Aces and Eights + Four in the Hand

After the failure to find a chess player in the Hungarian pack (see last week’s blog)
I found myself at the Edinburgh Congress bookstall buying another pack of cards.
Playing Cards

This pack of 52 cards depicts the first few moves of 52 openings.

What I now need is a famous hand of cards to show you what some of the...
The final part of the series! C. H. O’D. Alexander played Alekhine four times. Alekhine was better, of world champion status, but Alexander managed to draw twice! In my opinion the more instructive of these draws is as follows:

Alexander Alekhine–Conel Hugh O'Donel Alexander Hastings 1933/34
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 {The somewhat drawish Petroff.} 3. d4 {An interesting and slightly livelier way to play this than 3. Nxe5} Nxe4 4. Bd3 d5 5. Nxe5 Bd6 {However, we return to the mirror.} 6. O-O O-O 7. c4 Nc6 {This make some sense. Black will comfortably regain the pawn after 8…Nxd4.} 8. cxd5 Nxd4 9. Bxe4 Bxe5 10. f4 Bf6 11. Nc3 Bf5 {More pieces come off. Black induces a slightly favorable trade of the bishops while developing.}
12. Qd3 Bxe4 13. Nxe4 Qxd5 14. Nxf6+ gxf6 {Alexander accepts the...
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The new RHP UI is about to arrive, and may well be in place by the time you read this. The purpose of this update has been discussed elsewhere (Far better mobile/tablet support - try it!). The aim of this post is to help you familiarize yourself with what has moved where.

New UI

The new UI has evolved from the previous design, so most things are located exactly where they were before, with the one exception of the "My" menus. These now live off a new menu, accessed by clicking your avatar icon in the top right of the page.

Infrequently accessed pages, such as "my settings", now live one click deeper, but plenty of shortcuts still exists, such as on the "my home" page. ...

The Power of the Force


Continuing onto the next logical step when something goes wrong such as losing a strong piece like our queen. We need to adjust our game style and plan. If your opponent has an advantage it is no good trying to force your way like bull in a china shop.

There is a difference between forcing the win and forcing the path the game runs through. A Weaker player will try to force the situation on you. This is something I am guilty of too where I press on the gas too much and end up doing more harm to my self.

Enjoy the latest blog video. ...

A Complicated Mate in Four

First blog. I'm supposed to say a bunch of stuff, but I can't think of a damn thing. So I'm just going to post a problem for solving.

White to move and mate in 4 moves.

If you can correctly list white's threat and all of black's defenses, you are a very thorough solver!


Recent Comments

  • Manifold Topics
    Posted 19 Aug '15 08:56 | Total Comments 4
    I probably cleaned up all the White vs Black games - they are very rare, I doubt there has been any played since the date you...
  • Manifold Topics
    Posted 19 Aug '15 04:16 | Total Comments 4
    In the game vs thinking machine, does it actually end after move 18?
  • Manifold Topics
    Posted 18 Aug '15 13:45 | Total Comments 4
    Thanks for the help, Geoff. The hardest thing about this blogging racket is the finicky PGN viewer. And yes, that's not on...
  • Manifold Topics
    Posted 18 Aug '15 01:47 | Total Comments 4
    Hi Hikar, I'd add: Wei Yi - Lazaro Bruzon Batista, 6th Hainan Danzhou 2015. To the first game, nobody knows the who...
  • Red Hot Pawn Rooks
    Posted 13 Aug '15 11:40 | Total Comments 6
    Hi Vivify, I suppose so.

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