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Chess Pieces Celebrate a Goal


Went to London for a day trip and an excuse to visit the Chess & Bridge Centre.

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I bought loads of chess goodies but whilst I was away my chess pieces binged
themselves on Premier League Football. Now every time they capture a piece
the all the run to corner to celebrate. Here a Knight has just take a red pawn. ...

Viz Chess and the Siberian Mortimer


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The October 2021 Viz featured five pages on Chess.
(and you were wondering where I get my ideas from.)

For those of you not familiar with Viz. It’s an adult comic that does not take
itself seriously and contains some very near to the knuckle cartoon sketches. ...

Chess, Chicks and Rock 'n' Roll


Me promoting my new chess book at the Edinburgh Book Festival.

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‘Chess, Chicks and Rock ‘n’ Roll.’

In 1989 I found chicken wandering about the streets, apparently it had
just crossed the road. I took it home and to my surprise it laid an egg...

The Chess Buzz


I am defo...( a slang word I picked up from my granddaughter, it means, definitely.)

I am defo going to get one of these..

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I’ll be as snug as a bug in a rug and....wait for it....this next gag took
me three days to think up...I’ll have a good Knights sleep!!...

The Best Chess Problem in the World...


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...was ruined by some idiot insisting he gets into the picture.

(inspired by Gary Larson)

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The best problem in the world has been ruined. Try this. White to play and win...

Chess Training!


My latest acquisition from a junk shop. This is the best way to sharpen up your chess.

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You have to solve the puzzle your are solving before the train does three laps.
However, depending on the difficulty level, you can increase the number of laps.
‘Noises Are Us’ do a super CD of train noises for you to play in the background. ...

Chess at the Ballet

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I am sure you have all heard of Arthur Edward Drummond Bliss (1891-1975). It was
he who wrote the music for the ballet ‘Checkmate.’ which was first performed in 1937.

One of the scenes is where the Black Queen fights the Red Knight.

The fight

The Red Knight wins he but cannot bring himself to put the Black Queen...

Lasker's 'The Chess Self Tutor'


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Bishops in a Bottle.

I recently picked this up for a 50p. I t was published in 1972 to catch the Fischer boom.

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Do any of you remember or still have a copy of this...

Snow White and Seven Green Pawns

Snow White and the Seven Green Pawns
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green pawns

We start with a tricky problem by Lord Dunsany, White to play and mate in 4.
Look carefully, it is a legal position and there is only one reason why it can be.

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A Punk Rook and Fat Chess Pieces


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(picture sent in my 'Fat Lady' an old RHP member)
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A few weeks back someone posted a game in the Chess Forum that had about 6 or 7
consecutive captures. I looked for other games with more on the trot captures.

dare1 - You Have One Week RHP 200...

Chess Flags - A New Idea.


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It appears that Russia is under an international sporting ban and it looks like
Ian Nepomniachtchchi cannot play under the Russian flag during his world
championship match with Magnus Carlsen in November-December in Dubai.

Older viewers will remember the flag row from the 1978 Karpov - Korchnoi
match. Team Karpov objected to Korchnoi playing under a Swiss flag a...

How Come The Good Chess Players Are So Good?


Don’t look or work it out. You have 5 seconds.

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Imagine you can see a normal chessboard and;

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it is 6 moves, most people, me included, go for 5 moves...

The Tennison Gambit + RHP Gold Dust.


The Chess Playing Automaton.

the turk

Automen duck

Yes but I can now reveal there was actually a man inside operating it!

flipped lid
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White Hot Rooks

Rook Candles!
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I bought four, lit them up and played chess in the dark with my son.
Nine moves in I castled, burnt my chin, jumped up scattering the
pieces all over the place and dripping hot wax on the chessboard.

After putting a plaster on my chin we lit up the Rooks and tried again. ...

The Chess Slider + The Soltis Scam


You will recognise this number 1-15 slide puzzle.

puzzle

It was invented by chess problem composer and player Sam Loyd (1841 - 1911)
The numbers are jumbled up and you have the slide them into their correct order.

This is a chess version (I cannot find the composer) Only White moves, not Black...

Blessed Bishops v Rogue Rooks


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As usual we start with the results from last weeks quiz. The answers are:

1) Karpov and a Swedish submarine.
2) Rice pudding and the Ruy Lopez
3) Lasker and a horse called Brenda. ...

Using ChessBase with Red Hot Pawn


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green pawns

Try this, Composed by A. Wotawa in 1935 White to play mates in 5 moves.

8/7r/R5p1/6p1/5pPk/5P1p/5P1K/8 w - - 0 1
Not too hard once you see the idea. I’ll give you a wee clue. ...

'The Queens Gambit’ and Najdorf.


I've not yet watched the ‘Queen Gambit’ but I have been swamped by the adverts for it.

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My first thought was I’m sure I have seen the girl who plays Beth Harmon before.

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She’s the girl who played the Martian woman in Mars Attacks...

Double Rook Sacrifices. (The RHP Way)

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Over the Board (OTB) Chess is making a great comeback with the Tata Steel event.

I was fed up with how easily Over the Board Chess has given way to online Chess.
Yes it is the fault of this poxy virus but having our top grandmasters stuck in their
bedrooms giving us close up zoom shots of their sleepy eyed unshaven faces whilst
they play click mouse chess wearing gaudy t-shirts or in their pyjamas is just not on. ...

New Chess Terms


Turkish7 - AVIRAM77 RHP 2019 (Black to play)

5kb1/6p1/1p2p1P1/1P1pP3/8/2q5/r7/6K1 b - - 0 48
Looks like back in 2019 Aviram was preparing for the pandemic rules.
Black actually can mate with Qe1 or Qc1 but chose 48.Qa1 to socially
distance the Black Queen as far away from the White King as possible.
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The RHP Chess Blog 2010 - 2020


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It’s been 10 years so I thought I would knock together 10 years of the odd stuff.
No games, or positions, just a load of memories that some may not have seen or
others may have forgotten about. I will kick off with something new because it’s
quite brilliant. After that it’s a pretty long trip down a 10 year old memory lane.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I have enjoyed putting this thing together. ...

Christmas Chess Quiz (and other stuff)

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Hi All, a Merry Christmas and without any further ado:
warning

Fill in the missing words from these book covers.

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My 60 Memorable Games ...

The Chess Retirement Cake


I recently retired from work. The gang baked me and gave me a chess cake!

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Not too clear, hang on I’ll put a yellow folder behind it.

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That’s better...

James Aitken, Scottish Chess Player.


Hi, I’ve been off air for a while as I have undertaken the task of entering
all 45(!) chess score books of James Aitken into the BritBase Database

The games start from the year 1931 and end in 1983.

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Yes that is a picture of me...

The Mysterious Art of Zugzwang.


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A Rook on 7th
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The first Super GM O.T.B. tournament to be held for a long time recently finished.
It was held in Norway. Carlsen won it and the final score table looks like this.

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Knighthoods in Chess


Found this floating around the net.

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Wouldn’t it be great if such a rule existed. Any pawn next to
a King can be knighted and it immediately becomes a Knight.

I did find an RHP game with the bones of the same mating pattern...

Missing the Morphy Pattern.

I pick this up on my travels around the various chess sites.

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green pawns

What game is this final position from?

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Spurious Chess.

Recently I had the pleasure of reading this:

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You will understand that a nutshell review is all I can offer because
it is a murder mystery with a strong chess theme running though it
and going in too deep may spoil potential readers enjoyment of it.

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Chess and Bonnie Prince Charlie


This virus thingy has sunk my plans for touring the Scottish Highlands
where I hoped to finally unearth the treasure of Bonnie Prince Charlie.

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The map, I bought it from a Nigerian Prince, is marked with a bright red ‘X ‘.
It is going to make me richer than rich . I shall buy a small country and pick
myself to represent my country ‘Green Pawn Land’ in the Chess Olympiad...

Chess Authors and the Gremlins.

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(photo from chessbase)
Mr. Leonard Barden, the record breaking Guardian Chess columnist
(64+ years and counting) celebrated his 91st birthday a few days ago.

I cannot stress enough the importance of a good chess column in the
pre-digital age. In the UK chess did not warrant T.V. or radio coverage
unless there was some other ‘non-chess’ news attached, for Instance;...

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