by greenpawn34 on Sep 26 2022 00:28 | 1129 views | 2 edits | Last edit on Sep 26 2022 00:39
I know you come here to escape reality and it’s not too often I dip your toes into
what’s going on out there in the real world but the latest Magnus Carlsen v Hans
Niemann soap opera is rolling on. When and where it will finish nobody knows
After the walk out in St. Louis Magnus ‘I don’t want my title but you...
What a crazy past few days in the chess world. Everyone has gone mad.
Magnus Carlsen who stepped down from being world champion has
now walked out of the Sinquefield tournament after 3 rounds and leaving
behind a whole army of experts and idiots all speculating as to the why?
In years to come when all the world’s chess historians meet up at the
Royal and Ancient Chess Historians Club on The Strand in London they
will agree that the most important date in chess history is the 1st September.
It was on the 1st of September 1972 that Boris Spassky resigned, by phone, game
21 of the World Championship match and Bobby Fischer became World Champion...
by greenpawn34 on Aug 14 2022 11:26 | 3456 views | 3 edits | Last edit on Aug 14 2022 11:38
I’m not too sure...in fact I have no idea at all of what the London Chess
Club badge looked like, if indeed it had one, so I have made that one up.
I’ve also guessed at the year of foundation, it could have been in the 1790’s.
Of course their badge could have looked something like this.
by greenpawn34 on Aug 05 2022 10:27 | 5194 views | 2 edits | Last edit on Aug 06 2022 11:30
This year The Edinburgh Chess Club celebrates it’s 200th anniversary..
Rather than go into other details about events planned and ruined (Covid)
I thought here, on my blog thingy, I would just concentrate on the match
that secured the club it’s place in history. (though being the second oldest
chess club in the world that is still running, that too is quite noteworthy...
The player formerly known as the world champion has actually done what he
threatened to do and become the player formerly known as the world champion.
Kitchen table philosophy has been rife all over the net as to the why and what not.
The general consensus appears to be he needs a new target to get back his interest in
the game and the world title was just in the way of his real ambition. A rating of 2900!
by greenpawn34 on Jun 16 2022 10:20 | 8940 views | 1 edit | Last edit on Jun 16 2022 22:50
Every Thursday and Sunday afternoon there is chess in Edinburgh’s
Princes St. Gardens. I go along most days to meet some old buddies
(and I mean old), catch up with the gossip and play a few blitz games.
Last Sunday a bunch of artists turned up to sketch Edinburgh Castle.
(I have since invented the collective term for artists is a ‘paint pot’.)
by greenpawn34 on Mar 02 2022 20:05 | 8286 views | 1 edit | Last edit on Mar 04 2022 00:03
A Zwischenzug is when a player seems to have only one move at their disposal,
usually a recapture, but instead of playing it they slip in another move which has
to be dealt with right away (often a check). Then they play the expected move.
by greenpawn34 on Feb 18 2022 12:16 | 8777 views | 2 edits | Last edit on Feb 19 2022 09:29
This is me showing off my super-duper looking Edinburgh Chess Club
jersey and club cup and coaster. By all means ‘checks al checks’ and
watch out for those loose piece, but always and I mean this, look cool.
I posted this on Face Book to make them jealous but there I called the
‘cup’ a ‘mug’ very soon one wise guy quipped; ‘I can see two mugs!’
by greenpawn34 on Dec 10 2021 17:50 | 7518 views | 1 edit | Last edit on Dec 11 2021 15:21
That is it then, it’s all over. Magnus retains his world title 4-0 with 7 draws.
Nepomniachtchi took a big gamble and played 23.g3 when a draw with
sensible risk free play was on the table. A draw of course was no good
as that would leave Carlsen just needing a draw with the white pieces in
the next round and winning the next three games to just tie the match did
not appeal to Nepomniachtchi so he rolled the dice and the throw was bad...
by greenpawn34 on Dec 04 2021 15:59 | 1667 views | 1 edit | Last edit on Dec 08 2021 20:36
After yesterdays game, 7 hours 45 minutes and a Carlsen win, it will be
interesting to see how Nepomniachtchi’s reacts. He may go for a quick
strike back or play safe to recover and recuperate. One thing is for certain,
if Carlsen senses Nepo has been shaken and is unsteady, he will go for him.