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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.

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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).

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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
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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
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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 a nice touch of humour...

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.

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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.

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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) ...

Common RHP Blunders + Another Vid

Let us catch up with The RHP 2013 Championship statistics. (last blog stats in brackets)

Games in the Championship 5430

White wins so far 1901 (1422)
Black wins so far 1753 (1285)
Draws = 126 (78) 4% of all games finished so far! ...

RHP Lesson No.179 (The DVD)

Hi

Five games and a link to an RHP YouTube Video.

So let us start of with:

marikinaboy (1711) - Zugswangzuks (1618) RHP Ch. .2013 ...

Blondie, Phobias and Daft Knights

Me and Mrs Greenpawn saw Blondie.

Blondie Ticket



...

Let's Stay in Touch on Social Networks!

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Hi! I just wanted to let you know how we can communicate on all sorts of social networks. Don't talk to impostors! ;-)

My official accounts:
Twitter
YouTube
Facebook: Account 1, Account 2, Account ...

Duck's In Thailand + Ernie is Back + The Pearl of Pins


The Duck arrived safe and sound in Thailand and is staying with Mikelom.
Mike took The Duck around the market place near his village.

The Duck

Here he is amongst the fruit and veg.

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Borislav Ivanov + RHP Championship Games


Borislav Ivanov




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RHP 2013 Championship + The Blunder Bird


The Green Pawn




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Luck and the Duck + Drunken Knights

The Duck spent a few days in Oregon with Kareemelbadry and was actually
a spectator at the Maryland Chess Congress.

The Duck onboard


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Highlights

Recent Comments

  • Trawling the Internet
    Posted 27 Jul '15 17:57 | Total Comments 7
    Thanks for the help, Russ!
  • Trawling the Internet
    Posted 27 Jul '15 15:25 | Total Comments 7
    This blog incorrectly appeared as if I was the author. This was after an edit to fix the YouTube links. Now corrected!
  • Trawling the Internet
    Posted 21 Jul '15 18:53 | Total Comments 7
    Ah. I see what you mean. It deleted part of the pgn. Sorry, fixed.
  • Trawling the Internet
    Posted 21 Jul '15 15:46 | Total Comments 7
    There is no Black queen after 2. Nxg6+.
  • Trawling the Internet
    Posted 21 Jul '15 14:46 | Total Comments 7
    I addressed your first comment. Unfortunately, your 'pretty finish' is unforced! 4… Qxh7 is why White must take the queen.

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