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The actual truth is. Wandering Dragons v Striling, Central league mid 1980's. Cannot recall opponents name (I really c...
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All good stuff. You've got my sympathy for the time you tried to declare mate in 4. I'd never do it for exactly that reason...
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good column - although i thought the maradona mate would be a pawn running the length of the board, riding all tackles to slo...
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These flags are the countries playing in the world cup. I triple checked that I have not missed anyone out. (I hope)
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Hi greenpawn, yes, I should have read your notes more carefully...
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The Brilliancy Prize



George Hatfield Dingley Gossip (1841 - 1907)

What jury in the free world would not be impressed by such a magnificent name.
When the prosecution call their next witness giving that name in full then you are doomed.

In the 5th round of the 6th USA Chess Congress held in New York in 1889...

A Little Bit of Fischer

Hi,
Me
A game with Damiano’s Defence appeared in the Chess Forum
and this brought up a question and an interesting moment.

rnbqkbnr/pppp2pp/5p2/4p3/4P3/5N2/PPPP1PPP/RNBQKB1R w KQkq - 0 3
Some opening books claim that 3.Nxe5 is the best move here but if
Black knows what he is doing then White may play himself into trouble...

The Once in a Lifetime Move + Martians!

Book Review No.4

Rare chess books are a speciality of mine. I don’t have any.
However I bet only a few of you have this classic from 1957
written by none other than Richard Ellington (Duke’s elder brother.)

paperback
As you can guess from the cover it all about the dangers of leavin...

World Cup RHP Championship + The Maradona Mate


The 2014 World Cup is upon us so why not do a World Cup RHP Championship report?

World Cup 1
The World Cup started off with an own goal so I will kick off with an own goal.

Thaba - ParShooter RHP Ch. 2014 (White to play) ...

RHP Championship - Stats Drastic + The Duffers Attack


RHP Banner
Hi,

Glad you dropped by. I know most of you dread coming
here to see your lemons exposed to the world but….

(Better re-phrase that bit greenpawn…’exposed lemons’…Russ...

Stats, Blunders and Traps.



RHP Ch 2014

Hi guys. The Red Hot Pawn Championship is in full swing and so are the blunders.

The stats so far: Total games: 5,444,. Games finished. 619. White wins: 329, Black wins, 283 Draws 7. ...

My Move - You Die!

I picked up this for 20p. in a junk shop.

The Eagle
The Eagle comic from October 1982.

Inside is a chess story portrayed using pictures and voice bubbles.

Here it is….(I've left out a dozen pictures but you will get the drift of it....

In Celebration of Giuoco Alfonso Piano

This is him

Man with dog
Giuoco Alfonso Piano, the man who invented the opening we know as the Giuoco Piano.

He was born in the small town of Corroma in Italy and played chess daily with
his friend Bernardo Da Vinci, the brother of Leonardo who dabbled in painting. ...

Red Hot Ants

This is the Big Blue or Common Blue butterfly.

Butterfly

It is now extinct because it laid it’s single egg next to a red ants nest.

Red Ant
A scent from the egg fooled the red ants into thinking this was one of it’s own eggs...

Chess Quiz + 1001 Combinations

So I am ploughing my way through this (again)

A Chess Book

When I hit this page.

A page from a chess book ...

One Million Moves on RHP

“We knocked the bugger off!”

Those were the words of Edmund Hillary after he conquered Mount Everest in 1953.
He got a Knighted and his mate Tenzin Norgay got not Knighted.
(Awful grammar I know but it's done on purpose to show the unfairness of it.)

Why did they do it? ‘Because it (the bugger) was there’. is the common reply. ...

The Year Was 1956 + Rooks in Jail.


Hi - who is this appearing on the cover of the January 1957 Chess Review?

(Wait….This piece is called 1956 not 1957 …..Russ)

In Dec 1956 Bobby Fischer appeared on the cover of Chess Review.

Chess Review Dec 195...

The Scotch Four Knights (The Duck's Back)


And here are the Four Scotch Knight.

Title here

Sir Development
Sir Get Castled.
Sir Check all Checks...

The Game That WIll Shut Down RHP.

Hello.

Before we get to the main event I have to reveal some jiggery-pokery
and slip-slop-dash that a few lads from chessgames.com have put me on to.

When a I was covering Mating Patterns one of the best
received blogs was the one showing the Pillsbury Mate. ...

Reti and Red Hot Pawn + Moonraker

Me and Tobbi McGuffin

That is me playing Tobbi McGuffin at a recent Fancy Dress Chess Tournament held in Edinburgh.

What did I go as?
I went as a good chess player but they soon saw through that disguise.

green ba...

The Cursed Chess Set



Another Book Review.

One of the English Chess Forum some lads was saying he had read a book about a cursed chess set.

After a few days he recalled it was this one: ...

En Passant Checkmate + The Chessboard Queen

Been ages since I did a book review.

First of all I need a chess book to review.
My local 2nd hand shops have chess books that I already have so I branched out
and went to non-local 2nd hand shops….again nothing I don’t already have.

I was going to end this book review section with no book to review when I suddenly saw
a book I do not have in the 25p basket....

Chess History Lesson No.452. + Nodding

Hi,

Chess History Lesson No.452.

Chess owes a great debt to the Muslim lads for it was them that brought Chess to Europe.
It came all the way across Africa and up into the Spain (the red line).

The Eart...

Marcel Duchamp and Spiderman

Hi Happy New Year. I’ve got the first issue of this.

The Cover

A wave of chess nerd envy is sweeping across the planet and it’s all aimed at me. With it came this.

Spiderman ...

A Christmas Detective Story

Hi.

So for your Christmas treat I have some more.

Rook Endings

(aw greenpawn give us a break. That will be three weeks on the trot………Russ) ...

More Rook Endings the RHP way + The Simpsons

Picked up one of these for £2.00 at a Charity Shop.

Simpson Set
A Simpson Chess Set, it’s hideous, I hate novelty chess sets.
I’ll wrap it up and give it to my son-in-law for Christmas.
He hates Chess and he hates the Simpsons.
(he hates the Simpson’s because he looks like and gets called Ned Flanders.)
green ba...

Rook Endings

I’m still reading this.

A Book

So this week’s Blog is…

Rooks in Brick ...

The Book That Came Out 40 Years Too Late.

I’ve got this.

The Endgame Book

And it’s good.
It came out 40 years too late to do me any real good but as a
chess book it crosses all the t’s and dots all the i’s.
Instructive with some well chosen examples and humorous...

Plachutta Power!


Plachutta Power!


An Interference Theme
Interference is a popular motif in chess composition; it's popular enough that we have named several different forms of it. Here's how this one works.

Say you have two pieces guarding two key squares...

The Duck in Africa + Is Castling Good? + GM Mates?


The Duck arrived South Africa and is being looked after by Tygert

Here is a picture of the package finally arriving.

The Duck Package

On the back the re-wrapping done by the South African Customs thinkin...

"But.....It's Mate In One" + An opening idea v The English.

Hi,

I was of course going to show you pictures of The Duck but
he appears to have got himself lost somewhere between Vietnam and South Africa.

So here is a picture of me without The Duck.

Me with no duc...

The Pinned Knight. + Lemons

Touchdown

Touchdown by Gerrard Oswald

Lemons.

The title says it all. Today it’s them tomorrow it’s you…. ...

Beware the Lone Bishop


Widget put up this picture of the In Vino Veritas Clan.

In Vino Veritas Clan

Wiget Adds:

"drdon, widget, coquette & KJCavalier... all of the other munchkins couldn't make it... ...

Updated Master Chess with RHP Games

Hi.

Someone said I should mention Clans in the blog.
As I am not a member of any clan (I’ve seen the Clan Forum) I never felt the need.

However I do have a picture of a 'Caro-Kann Defence Lovers' meet up.

The Caro-Kann Defence Lover...

Trick, Trap or Tragedy

Does anybody know what has happened to The Duck. I’ve lost it.

I know it went south for the Winter but it appears to have disappeared.

Do ducks home like pigeons do?

The RHP 2013 Championship Stats Fantastic (last blog stats in brackets) ...