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OK - watch the next blog, I'll find something.
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Hah! Can't fool me that easily. I search for each word individually.
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I thought I was in prison, but my record has apparently been expunged!
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Hi BigDoggProblem I've used 100's ofy your games but I spell you Big Dog Problem. :)
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I do a 'find' for my handle in the blogs. If there are no hits, I don't read it. :P
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The 0% Trap + Snooker

There is nothing like a poorly played endgame to cheer me up.
To me it’s better than watching Bank Managers slip in the snow or seeing
your least favourite football team sliding down the league.

Witness daniv - lausey 9375715 slip and slide about on this one
to finally produce the first RHP 2012 Championship Stalemate of Rd.2.

First we take a peek at the start of the endgame where White wins a piece...

Queen Rosaline + Sharp Practise with the Duck

Love finding games on this site that seem to break all the rules.
We were talking on the Forum about the Pin Variation of the Sicilian
and I found this game.

Look at this position.

Fnugbatter - rosaline RHP 2005 ...

Grandmaster Questions

GM Poster





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The MCO and the Brain Cell + RHP Ch Rd 2 Games

So when this position….

rnbqkbnr/ppp3pp/8/3p1p2/2PPp3/4PP2/PP4PP/RNBQKBNR w KQkq D5 0 1
…appeared in 148543 as I was clicking through the game
a wee bell rang in my brain.

That is a French Defence Advanced in reverse. ...

The Difference Between a Helpmate and a Selfmate

The Difference Between a Helpmate and a Selfmate

This was proffered as an example of a game where white decided to `selfmate` rather than just resign:



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The Twopenny Trap

I thoroughly enjoy my daily game of chance with the No.27 bus.

This is the bright red bus that takes me to work and as I hate hanging
around bus stops I always leave it until the last possible moment to catch it.

The driver of the No.27 bus is a sadistic swine who I imagine keeps
a private tally of the potential passengers he has left panting at bus stops.
He waits until you are nearly there giving the impression he is waiting and then...

RHP Championship Rd2 + My Endgame Skill.

I am without any degree of uncertainty the worst end game player
in the Edinburgh Chess Club.

“Chandler is playing an ending.”

I would hear the whisper go around the club rooms
Those who had seen this before quickly agreed draws and left. ...

Solving the 'double whammy'

Actual conversation with a friend :When I retire, I might try to learn how to compose problems.

What kind are you making?

Oh, just mate in 2 or mate in 3s. I kinda like these Double Whammies too, they might be easier to create.

Oh, ok. #2/3 is a good place to start. But what is a `double whammy`? ...

Svetozar Gligoric (1923 - 2012)

Hello Again.

Chess players everywhere was saddened to hear that Svetozar Gligoric
had recently passed away. Those of us of an older generation will feel
that another chapter in our chess childhood has been closed.

There was a time when Gligoric’s name was mentioned in chess clubs
and whose game frequented every chess magazine as often as som...

All From One Small Note....

Hello.

Last week there was not enough room to fit in all the analysis on the
exciting game between jamescott - stevie b, so we start this week with the
conclusion of this game.

jamescott - stevie b RHP 2008 ...

Spassky and the Greco + more rip offs + Prose Winner

Last week I showed you how easy it was to rip off an expert
ripper offer spotter like me. If I can get caught than so can you..

But don’t let me put you off ripping off. Ripping off is good.

Cast your mind back to end of that glorious year 1972.
Those of you who were not born then can take it up with your maker
when you meet again. (hopefully not too soon....

The Rip Off and the 11 Year Old Champion.

Hi Campers

By a quirk of fate and some rotten bad luck mine and Mrs greenpawn’s holidays
just happened to happen at the same time.

To be honest I am not what you would call the holiday type. I never go anywhere.

Why should I...

A Joke, A Trap, Missed Mates in One

Here is a joke you can play on your buddies at the chess club.
I have caught a few with, once I caught three players all at the same time.

You show them this game. It’s only 12 moves so you should
be able to remember it.


1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5 4.Qg4 cxd4 5.Nf3 Nc6 6.Be2 f5 7.Qg3 Bd7 8.Nxd4 Nxd4 9.Bh5+ g6 10.Qxg6+ hxg6 11.Bxg6+ Ke7 12.Bg5 {Checkmate. It’s important you show them the Queen sac way to mate. It puts them into a big sac on g6 mode....

Fridges + Marshall + Endgame + The Lundin Note.

The hardest bit about doing this blog is the beginning.
The chess stuff is pretty easy, pluck any RHP game at random or be inspired
by a thread. Either usually gives me something I can make use of.

But I don’t want to just dive in with a game. There is no fun in that.

So this week it’s fridges. ...

Rain + c3 Sicilian + The Chess Magazine

Hi Chaps.

Rain, Rain, Rain.
I used to think we British loved talking about the weather because it always changes.
Well it has not changed at all for the past week and all we have been talking is the
weather. Rain, Rain, Rain and Rain Again.

Apparently all rainfall records have been broken since rainfall records began...

The Torch + The Triple Hit

Do you know what this is…..?

The Torch



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Bait on b8.

I was playing through a game on another forum where a lad who was White
picked up a whole Rook with a Knight Fork on c6.

1r1q4/8/2N5/8/8/8/8/8 w - - 0 1
This was the pattern, and then went onto lose.

I advised him not to feel too bad (it happens) and made a small bet that I could find
an RHP game with the same trick using the same pattern and with the same result....

World Title Wrap Up + Why You Blunder.

Well it’s over. Vishy Anand has retained his world title after winning
the four 25 minute play off’s 1-0 and three draws.

Vishy and Boris


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Anand v Gelfand (The Instructive bits.)

Chuffed to tea breaks. That is the only way to describe it.

I am of course speaking about my latest acquisition from a junk shop.

Chess Coasters

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Chess Badges + Championship Games


Hi
Last night I spent a very pleasant evening hobnobbing with 3 Scottish Champions.
GM Keti Arakhamia Grant the current Champion, her husband Jonathan Grant
Who won the title a few years previous and IM Craig Pritchett who first won it
before some of you reading this were born (1977) and again as recently as 2005.

It was a Blitz Chess evening, all good fun...

The Duck

Hi

This picture of a coral Knight carved out by the sea....

A lump of rock

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Topalov + Endgame Ernie + The QNP

VeselinTopalov gave a simultaneous at the Edinburgh Chess Club
on Sunday the 29th April 2012.

Topalov Simul


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The Lewis Men and the Titanic

Hi

I see once again the tale of the Lewis Chess/Gaming Pieces is making
the rounds again.

I have been having fun on and off with this subject for 10 years.
The latest argument is about the Bishop. ...

6,200 RHP Championship Games

Hi

So let us look at those who have so far scored 100% in Round one
of the 2012 Red Hot Pawn Championship.

The Leaders
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It's Skull Crushing Week

The Screaming Skull






The RHP Championship has now passed the 60 day mark and this wee...

It's Viking Week! + The F-Pawn

It's Viking Week!
A Viking Ship




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Dive Bombers, Tanks and Pins.

King Arfur
Hi lads.

438 games have finished since the last blog where I gave the download.
Most of the games this week have came from the new batch.
The leader board. (the top 20) looks like this.

Top 20 Score...

Championship Games Download + The Bridge.

Man O War





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Cheapo Man + (RHP Championship No.5)

no 5 banner





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2012 RHP Championship - The Leader Board

Hi

For a wee piece of fun I have created a huge table showing how
the 1st round of the 2012 RHP Championship is shaping up.

The table is made up from 2543 games and is all the results up
to 12 o’clock (GMT) on Sunday the 26th February.
1326 White wins 64 Draws and 1151 Black wins...