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Hello everyone–
This is a story all about how my blog got flipped–turned upside down: I have a post, with something I hope will be interesting (I’ve been working on it for a while.) Despite that, though, this will be a quick read as I have been quite busy. (I don’t know how greenpawn does it.)

I have been working to develop a visualization on how different chess players approach the game. To this end, here is an example demonstrating the different play styles of Karjakin and Carlsen.

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(I'm sorry. I've tried, and I can't make it bigger. I know, I know....
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Karjakin - Ivanchuk and Ernie


Happy New Year and the top tip for 2016 is at all times carry a spare
Knight of both colours with you. During the game if White then slip
a Black Knight amongst the captured pieces. Your opponent will look
at the captured pieces, then notice they are a piece down and resign.

Before. ...

2016 RHP Christmas Quiz


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And from me, here I am outside my Christmas Stall
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You get three balls to knock over the cans and if you do you win a
prize. The cans are of course nailed down so nobody wins nothing.
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To get the festivities going we kick off with a chess cartoon...

Chess Computers, Taimanov and T-Shirts


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It all started in Boston in 1967 The first time a computer beat
a human being (one of the fleshy ones) in a tournament game

MacHack IV - Ben Landy, Boston 1967.

We join the game just asMacHack is wrapping it up...

The World Chess Champion 2016. The Winner!


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And the winner scoring 3-1 in the Rapid (25 minutes) games
is Magnus Carlsen who retains his crown for another two years.

So much for the myth that one should avoid chess on your birthday.
Carlsen is 26 today, Karjakin turned 26 on the 12th of January...

Carlsen - Karjakin (Game 12) Exciting Stuff?


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You like that joke. I have another it is 30 moves long.

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Magnus Carlsen - Sergey Karjakin. 2016 World Championship Game 12
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. O-O Nxe4 5. Re1 Nd6 6. Nxe5 Be7 7. Bf1 Nxe5 8. Rxe5 O-O 9. d4 Bf6 10. Re1 Re8 11. Bf4 Rxe1 12. Qxe1 Ne8 13. c3 d5 14. Bd3 g6 15. Na3 c6 16. Nc2 Ng7 17. Qd2 Bf5 18. Bxf5 Nxf5 19. Ne3 Nxe3 20. Qxe3 Qe7 21. Qxe7 Bxe7 22. Re1 Bf8 23. g4 f6 24. Kf1 Kf7 25. h3 Re8 26. Rxe8 Kxe8 27. Ke2 Kd7 28. Kd3 Ke6 29. a4 a6 30. f3 Be7 {Draw Agreed.}...

World Championship Game 11


There are two pieces of advice I want you all to take heed of.

Never take the QNP with the Queen and never walk past a second
hand shop. In the former you will end up regretting it and in the latter
you will never know what it is you are not regretting by not going in.

I walked into a 2nd hand shop the other day and look what I got...

Carlsen - Karjakin (Game 10) - Carlsen Wins


Hello again and first some pictures from our man in New York,
HikaruShindo who has been very snap happy sending us pictures.
A street billboard giving your directions to the match.
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The menu at the Fulton Market, but what is that on the table>
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It's a pile of Chess Magazines...

Karjakin - Carlsen (Game 9)


Hello Again and after all the drama of the previous round some
were predicting a quick draw here to give both players an extra
free day. Karjakin would be OK with that as it takes him a step
closer to the title and Carlsen wanting this game out of the way
so he can take on Karjakin with one of the two White’s he has left.

The players did not read the script and we were treated to another fighting draw...

Carlsen - Karjakin. (Game 8) We Have a Winner


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At last after 7 games we have a result and it’s not the one predicted.

Sergey Karjakin beat Magnus Carlsen with Black, no I shall re-write that bit.
Magnus lost with the White pieces in a game he seemed determined to lose. ...

Karjakin - M. Carlsen (Game 7) Do not blame the messenger.


We have to remember that Karjakin is not there in New York to
entertain us by losing in the style of one of Morphy victims, he
is there to take the Chess Crown away from a better chess player.

So far Karjakin all though this match has been waiting for Carlsen
to do something so he can react. I do not know if this is because he
in awe of Carlsen or feels this is his best chance. (a bit of both?...

The two players on the cover of the May 2011 ‘New in Chess’.
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Six games gone in this twelve game match and it is 0-0 at halftime.
Will either side bring on a sub or will the same two finish the match?

Game 6 follows Game 2 with Karjakin again playing one of the...

Carlsen - Karjakin Game 5 - Still Level


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Game 5 was the fifth draw and again as was the case with the last two,
it is full of interesting moments and ideas. We see for the first time Karjakin
having a poke at Carlsen and Carlsen’s reaction. No Karjakin style defence
for him. He sacs a pawn to get just as many chances as Karjakin has. ...

Karjakin - Carlsen (Game 4) - The Fortress


Hello Again and we continue our coverage of the World Championship.

Another draw but again a game full of ideas and imaginative
defensive technique displayed by the Challenger Karjakin.

It’s a rest tomorrow, the players have earned it after the last two games. ...

Carlsen - Karjakin (game 3) and it is a game.


Yesterday, the 13th of November was a rest day in the World Championship
so I took the opportunity to go to the beautiful wee village of Culross in Fife.
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Nothing has changed building wise since the 1800’s. It’s wonderful.
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A place full of wee nookies, crannies and secret streets to explore...

Karjakin - Carlsen (Game 2)


Hello again and welcome to the 2016 World Chess Championship.

I doubt if we will be hearing from HikaruShindo or TigerTony again.
Apparently the two of them were caught redecorating the front door
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and have got themselves arrested. Their defence that “greenpawn
made us do it.” has also placed me on the wanted list by the FBI...

Carlsen v Karjakin Game One


Hi, Welcome to the 2016 World Chess Championship coverage.
Fellow RHP blogger HikaruShindo (our man in New York ) has sent
us some pictures so we can get a flavour of where they are paying.

The event is being held in the Fulton Fish Market
So you go to New York, look for one of these.....
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Carlsen v Karjakin The Prediction.


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These two chess players will face each other at the Fulton Fish Market
in New York on the 11th to the 30th of November for the World Title.

(anybody from here going I need a few inside men for pictures etc...)

So who will win? Good question. I’ve no idea so I consulted a mystic...

Chess Beans and Paul Morphy


This advert appeared in the ‘Mainly About People’ magazine Oct 5th 1903.
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The highlighted bite reads....
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and the advert is for...
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So ignoring the expense and without delay I soon obtained.....

Chess Rythm and Blues


“Good for you Greenpawn, is this going to be about Chess Records
and their worthy place in the history of Rhythm and Blues music?”

You mean like this.
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“Yes”
No...

The 2016 Chess Olympiad (the blunders)

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Unless you have been living in a cave then you will know
that America won the 2016 Chess Olympiad held in Baku.

(Baku is in one them countries I cannot spell - sounds like ‘has a bad banjo’ )

Are we going to look at all the games from the top players.
No, of course not, because I, the Vulture of Hindsight a...

Halfway in the Chess Olympiad

The danger of writing blog posts about current news (and especially chess news) is that they tend to become outdated quickly. However, there’s one thing that I don’t think will change anytime soon, and that is the sadness and frustration of Aaron the a-pawn. Here he is.

Aaron the a-pawn.


Why is Aaron sad? The answer is that tickets are still not on sale for the World Chess Championship. This makes him worried, because the poor organization to this point might make a championship difficult.

However, his compatriot Beaufort is more excited. ...
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The Scotch Game + The Olympiad


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I was asked to coach the Italian Women’s Olympiad Chess Team.

I course agreed and on the first day these 10 beautiful women and me
went swimming in the Mediterranean Sea and .....EEK!......A SPIDER.

I was dragged out my dream by a mad wife screaming the word ‘Spider’...

A Response to Radio Jan and My Thoughts on World Chess

Radio Jan’s commentary at the wrap-up of the Sinquefield Cup last week was very entertaining, and, as several have pointed out, true in sentiment. It is undeniable that many top players don’t necessarily begin their games against other Super-GMs aiming to win them, or go into tournaments with the intention of providing entertaining spectacle for the fans. The commentary, by the way, is below.

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However, several of Radio Jan’s claims are false, from his assertion about Nakamura (“Now look at him: he’s playing the Catalan…” ) to his claim that Anish Giri “ have to play a lot of draws to get those forty rating points back and I don’t see it happening.”

So let’s start out by taking a look at the percentage of Catalans Nakamura has played in the last eight years. ...
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The Marshall Gambit Revisited


Here is a picture of Capablanca on a cigarette card.
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I do not have Frank Marshall on a cigarette card but this.
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is a picture from Chess World of Frank Marshall smoking.

Now you have been introduced to the players let us bust...

Measuring Improvement

Today I’d like to talk about improvement, and how it is possible. For all of us. Not only is it possible, but, especially in chess, there are measurable results. Not only in terms of rating, as is clear, but in terms of tangible performance in games against the same opponents. I’d like to examine four games to discuss how I improved from one to another, and what yardsticks we may use to determine whether we feel success has been achieved. To that end, here is the first– it started with a Two Knights, but I’ve skipped a little ways in, as the opening wasn’t anything special. I played this opponent when he was six, one of the best in the U. S. for his age, I believe.

HikaruShindo–L. F-Y. Anderson CK 2014



20. Kg1 {Forced– it’s double check, and Kh1 would be immediately mated with...
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Switchbacks and Your Chess Pass to London.


Here is my VIP pass to the 2013 London Chess Classic.
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Copy it out (use a colour printer) paste it to a piece of card.
stick it in a plastic folder, tie it around your neck and swan
about the 2016 London Classic like you are someone important.

If some jobs-worth security guard spots the 2013 and challenges...

What to do When Losing

In this blog, we’ll try to uncover ideas to use when we are losing. What can we do? We can try to make the game difficult for our opponent, rather than giving them the game. We can set problems for them, even if they are not objectively the best moves. And we can keep creating mating threats with the hope that they may stumble.

We must not resign needlessly, as below.

copiryght–dermpa RHP 2010
1. d4 d5 2. c4 dxc4 3. e4 {White plays it like a true gambit, letting Black keep the pawn.} b5 4. Nb1c3 a6 5. Ng1f3 Bc8g4 6. Bf1e2 e6 7. O-O Bg4xf3 {This exchange is unforced, and is worse for Black. Why give up the bishop for the knight?} 8. Be2xf3 Ng8f6 {A weak move: White misses a chance to either pin the piece with 9. Bg5, or, after …h6 10. Bxf6 gxf6 11. d5, develop a strong attack. Why...
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Grandmasters and Cryptographers

To begin the blog, I’d like to note two interesting coincidences. First of all, while reviewing one of Anish Giri’s games, I remembered greenpawn’s four-name grandmasters: Reti, Giri, Euwe, and Fine. What results did they have when they played each other?

Well, Reti, Giri, and Fine, in this respective triangle, never played. The only players which played against each other were Reti against Euwe, and Euwe against Fine. Each of these matches finished, excluding draws, 2-2.

If we take the names of the three grandmasters which never played, Reti, Giri, and Fine, and we anagram them, we can jumble up these letters to get several possibilities, including the following: If tieing, I err.

Unfortunately, Giri didn’t have any games against any of the others. However, if we take some of ...
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Chess Informator No1. (and it's Hall of Doom)


This is the first Informator
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They are currently up to Informator 128
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Before databases and the internet this was only real way to keep up with the
games latest theoretical wrinkles and what openings the top players were using. ...

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