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The RHP 1000-1 shot + The Two Knights

This book got a recent mention in the Chess Forum.

Two Knights Book


The Best Ever Chess Book + Duck + Roma's Leagacy + Misery

”It’s the best thing since sliced bread.”
(I wonder people said before bread was sold sliced?)

This book will revolutionise the game and it’s a must buy for every chess player.

Best Ever Book

The RHP Jewel of Doom + The Ducks' Travels Continue

The Duck has left New York. Thank you St40.
And is now staying with kbear1k in Rhode Island.

The snow blizzard which hit the USA has hampered The Duck's visit to the
Blackstone Chess Club but Kbear has sent us a few snaps of The Duck playing
their daughters Duck at the snow. ...

The Duck in America + Richard Rapport

The Duck has sent us some pictures of his visit to America.
He is currently staying with ST40 who kindly took the pictures.

Here is The Duck with the Empire State Building in the background.

Empire Building

We Have a Checkmate With No Name

In 150869 64squaresofpain posted a good game that ended thus.

herrero - 64squaresofpain RHP 2013

23. Ra1 Qxb2 24. Na2 Bxd3+ 25. Kd1 Qc...

The Duck goes to America + The Sac Back Trap

As I write this The Duck is on his way to America.
He’s going to stay with ST40 for a while who will show him the sights.

There were tearful goodbyes in the Greenpawn household on the day I
packed him up and placed him in his box. Just look at those sad sad eyes.

Boxed Duck ...

RHP Christmas Quiz + Christmas Presents.

And so this is Christmas…

…and what presents did you get?

The challenge I set my mob this was something to do with Chess.
Not a chess book, not a chess set, not a chess a clock.

I got the usual men’s things....

Frank James Marshall

Frank Marshall


The Time Travelers Hat + Fat Lady's Birthday

An interesting post from Fat Lady in thread 149921
I’ll recap. This position was reached with White (Fat Lady) to play.

5R2/pp1q2rk/2np2pp/2p1p3/2B1P2Q/P2PP3/1PP3PP/6K1 w - - 0 22
White missed.


One Queen Beats Two Queens

A great man once wrote:

“One thing leads to another.”

I’ve no idea who it was. I used to know but one thing led to another
and I’ve forgotten, But who ever he was he was right. ...

Rook Blunders and Wonders

Hi Guys.

Been a while since this last blog, been very busy.
In a moment of bravado I set up a 53 board 1 day 3 day time bank
challenge simul. I was going to go for 100 board simul but I found
it an annoying pain to keep setting up a new challenge.
You can only have a max of 15 up at a time so I’d have to wait till
some games got started then set up more challenges...

Cooked Rooks and Queens Sacs

“I bet you some lad on here has fallen for that.”

These were my first thoughts when I saw this diagram….

Chewed Diagram


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


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:


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....


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


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