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  1. e4
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    14 Nov '18 00:441 edit
    I'll be there for game 5. Hopefully I can get a good blog out of it.

    I will not pay the ticket price. If I cannot sneak in (I have two ideas in mind)
    I'll spend all ticket money I put aside in the chess shop at Baker Street.
  2. e4
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    14 Nov '18 00:42
    I've been there Russ.

    I was phoned at my house one night to go along to Sandy Bells
    and stop a riot over a row about the En Passant rule.
    I had to carefully explain to this brute of man what the player did was legal.

    DO NOT PLAY EN PASSANT IN A PUB AGAINST A STRANGER!
    ---
    Remember that post from about 10 years ago when both players
    thought it was checkmate (it had been with a pawn and it was not
    checkmate because the mated played could play PxP en passant.)

    We tried dropping hints but both players thought one had checkmated the other.
    They blamed the RHP computer and things started getting nasty when they were
    told to study the rules of chess.

    Then a MOD happened along to tell us to stop discussing a game in progress.

    I still chuckle about that.
  3. e4
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    11 Nov '18 21:341 edit
    Those going there to watch it live are falling for an Agon scam
    Al Capone would have proud of.

    You pays your money (on average £55.00) and you get a time slot
    to attend the playing venue - 30 minutes. See picture of ticket below.

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Drp-sQUWsAEBow5.jpg:large

    After your 30 minutes you are booted out to make room
    so other luckless punters can get their 30 minutes worth.
    This way Agon can sell 300 or 450 tickets at £55.00 a pop
    to keep re-filling a hall that holds 150 seats. It's a masterpiece.
  4. e4
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    10 Nov '18 13:28
    Regarding the Capabalnca - Lasker stamp.

    In Berlin in 1914 Capablanca beat Lasker 6½-3.½ in a rapid-transit match,
    (something akin to blitz or 5 minute chess) one of the games (as yet no score)
    produced a position so interesting that the two of them tweaked it a bit and
    together composed that study. That is the position on the Cuban 1988 stamp.
  5. e4
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    08 Nov '18 14:24
    Went to see the film 'Bohemian Rhapsody ' last night.

    Halfway through someone walked in front of the projector and cast his shadow on the screen.

    I shouted out:

    "I see a little silhouetto of a man..."
  6. e4
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    02 Nov '18 00:55
    Hi 64squaresofpain,

    Well done and £500 is a good pay day.

    You did the right thing by playing where you were graded.
    Too many times I've seen players entering sections above their grade
    hoping for 'interesting games' and just getting hammered.
  7. e4
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    01 Nov '18 10:301 edit
    Hi byedidia,



    Then 8.Kf5 Kf8 9.Ke6 etc...

    But it is not mate in 9 is it. Better sort that out.
    I got the problem from Murray's 'A History of Chess'
    (even the medieval ages my endgame was crap!)

    Edit - fixed, gave you a thumb's up.
  8. e4
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    31 Oct '18 14:26

    A selection of Back Rank Mates from 2018.
    Some funny, some very sad, some incredible.

    Another medieval ‘stipulation chess problem.

    White to play and mate in 9 moves....


    ...the Rook is only allowed to move once

    (Normal rules apply, the Black King cannot move into check.)

    Then a look at some mistakes on stamps and RHP’s own stamp.

    Blog Post 401
  9. e4
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    24 Oct '18 22:34
    On the game play screen Click on the wheel thingy and it will give
    you after move preferences. You can choose what you do after you
    have moved. You appear to have it set on go straight to next game.
  10. e4
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    24 Oct '18 13:00

    A drawing done by me of a Bishop which kicks off...

    A piece about Lone Bishops Checkmates using a Fischer and Pillsbury example
    to see what one looks like. Then we move onto six glorious examples from RHP.

    A clutch of blunders due to time trouble from the latest Olympiad.

    A ‘Stipulation Problem.’ from the 15th century.

    White to play and....


    ....mate in 6 moves with the c2 pawn.

    A bit for the beginners here about looking out for their f2 and f7 squares.

    Blog Post 400
  11. e4
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    18 Oct '18 11:48
    Always seems to be the same people entering.

    These tournaments are great fun Tournament 29122
    I'd like to see a 100 all play all Hardcore. That's is proper chess.

    Get in now before it's too late.
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