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  1. e4
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    31 Jan '23 20:21
    I've not gone through all the games there yet (Giri won it) I'll look out for it.
  2. e4
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    31 Jan '23 01:271 edit

    We finally conclude the story of ‘Murder at the Chess Club’

    The winner of the Tal Book. The answer was 38 the relevant point
    regarding Tal is revealed in the blog. Nobody got it but Malky58 was
    closest with 37 so they win - PM me your address Malky I’ll post the book.

    Then we move onto Unheard Melodies featuring games from Tal,
    Ray Keene, Me! and a whole host of Red Hot Pawn characters.

    Do look at Celsius - woody65 it's a calssic example of some the positions you
    lot get into but let pass by. That one (it was missed) would have been a cracker.

    Blog Post 544
  3. e4
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    18 Jan '23 11:202 edits
    "If a chess player is a woodpusher...what is a chess player who only uses digital?"

    A Pixel Pusher.
  4. e4
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    17 Jan '23 18:15
    ....that Giri last beat Carlsen in a classical game (Tata Steel Rd.3 17th January 2011)

    Today he has just won his 2nd game v Carlsen.

    A.Giri - M. Carlsen, Rd. 4 Tata Steel (2023)

  5. e4
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    16 Jan '23 21:55

    Win Tal’s ‘Life and Games’ no skill what so ever is required.
    Then by way of an imaginative link, a Tal Unheard Melody.
    Two RHP games with the same idea Tal was thinking about.
    A Carlsen - Caruana bullet game with some delightful play.

    I’ve just had a thought (it happens) I could have named my daughter Chantal.
    CHAN (dler) Tal gedditt? Instead I called her Banana Chandler. She hates me.

    Blog Post 543
  6. e4
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    16 Jan '23 14:33
    Nigel Short of Twitter today.

    "I never thought I would mention Anish Giri and Mikhail Tal in the same sentence,
    but there is something Tal-like about his sacrifice and, in particular, the subsequent
    material imbalance - a queen fighting against a variety of uncoordinated pieces"
  7. e4
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    16 Jan '23 09:35
    Giri sacs on g5 and e6 to get at the black king.

    A Giri - D Gukesh Tata Steel Masters 2023

  8. e4
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    10 Jan '23 15:01
    But if someone waits till a few guesses are in then they might be too late.
    Also the square I choose will not be random. It will have a Tal significance.
    But I'm running with another idea at the moment. (nor chess board squares.)
  9. e4
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    10 Jan '23 11:00
    Hi Booger,

    I had something like that in mind a few days ago but only 3 squares (Tal = 3).
    Then I thought just one square (odds are 64-1) first to get it wins the book.
    I'll think of something before the next blog.
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    09 Jan '23 18:36

    The competition to win the Tal Book. ‘My Life and Games.’
    (well not quite, I have not thought up a competition yet but
    I do give you a picture of the book prize waiting to won!)

    Next an unheard melody from a Spassky game.

    And then for some reason I start talking about coaching. I really
    must plan these things instead of making them up as I go along.

    Finally we see four positions where an RHP has played a unforced move
    allowing mate in one. An example of what’s on offer (it’s not on the blog).

    brisbaneboy - TemplarExemplar RHP 2022

    White played...
    Reveal Hidden Content
    49.Kh3 Qh1 Checkmate.

    Blog Post 542
  11. e4
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    08 Jan '23 12:083 edits
    Hi Booger,

    I was agreeing with you and given you some examples of odd harmless behavior.

    Bobby on the other hand had problems that nobody understood (or ignored).
    Having won the title after being obsessed with it since he was young there was only
    thing that could happen, he was going to lose it, and that was not going to happen.

    Carlsen, who came from a more stable background, is a millionaire. He wants to
    enjoy life without the burden of the title and possibly one day standing on the
    rostrum as the ex-champion. Anand and Kramnik seemed to accept it. Kasparov
    waited a few years then retired when he too was number one on the rating list.
    (also a quitter?)

    I do not think Carlsen will return to the world title cycle. He may take part in some of
    the qualifying events. The World Cup etc but give up his qualifying spot.

    I, like many others am disappointed that Carlsen turned his back 150 of chess history
    and in a way demeaned the title without any valid reason other than he cannot be bothered.
    Comparing him to Fischer is not quite correct. Carlsen willingly retired the title.
    Bobby still called himself the World Champion till the day he died.
  12. e4
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    08 Jan '23 00:45
    Hi Booger,

    Fischer crazy as bat shyt

    Quite a few people were worried about Bobby's mental state when he was young.
    In the late 1950's a meeting was held to discuss how best he be treated.

    "Then someone raised a question: What if therapy worked? What if treatment sapped
    Fischer's drive to win, depriving the United States of its first homegrown world champ?
    Meeting adjourned. No one, Kaufman recalls, wanted to tamper with that finely tuned brain."

    https://psmag.com/social-justice/a-psychological-autopsy-of-bobby-fischer-25959

    So people were concerned, but they left him untreated because they wanted an
    American chess champion...and make money out of him.
    As time went on he got worse. It was not his fault he was mentally ill.
  13. e4
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    08 Jan '23 00:182 edits
    Hi Booger,

    "Botvinnik was also well rounded"

    Paying someone to blow smoke in his face whilst he studied. Normal?

    And this from Averbach. Botvinnik was paranoid about being poisoned...even by a friend.

    'Once, on Sunday, my wife came to Botvinnik's dacha with a fresh cake from Cafe
    National, which was famous for its sweets back in the day. You should have seen
    how glad were all the guests when they started to eat the cake. But the host didn't
    even touch it. Only during supper, when the cake was placed on the table again,
    Botvinnik did eat some - after he was sure that everyone who ate it at the dinner were all right.'

    https://www.chess.com/blog/Spektrowski/yuri-averbakh-remembers-mikhail-botvinnik
  14. e4
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    08 Jan '23 00:09
    Hi Booger

    "Smyslov seemed normal ."

    '...He [Smyslov] seemed to believe in astrology and the prophecies of
    Nostradamus, and was convinced that chess originated on Atlantis. '

    http://britishchessnews.com/2020/04/16/smyslov-on-the-couch/
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