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Chess Opening Theory + (a chess joke)


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Now we know why The Duck suddenly got married.

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I drew that. I cannot draw feet so the people I draw are always in water.
Now looking at it I’m not very good at drawing hands either.....hang on. ...

Chess Mistakes (we love them really)


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Chess Review, August 1948
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This problem appeared in 1898 Scotsman by Mr W. Finlayson

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The Chess Wedding of the Year


It is celebration time here at Red Hot Pawn. The Duck has got married!

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We wish The Duck and Mrs The Duck very many happy days together.

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Now a problem from ‘The Scotsman Weekly’ 24th December 1927...

The Chess Dress and a Date with an Old Mate.


I have ordered one, watch this space for soon to seen pictures of me wearing it
(with my chess hat!) and parading along a catwalk at a fashion show in Paris.

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I was going through an old scrap book of chess cuttings from ‘The Scotsman’
dated from the mid to late 1800’s. I came across this printed a few weeks apart. ...

The Edinburgh Chess Club Hat


Tarrasch (bless his bones) said he felt sorry for anyone did who did not
know the game of chess. I feel sorry for you lot because you do not have...

...an Edinburgh Chess Club Hat.

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My hat like music, money, love and more money has the power to make me happy...

How To Get A New Chess Book


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When ever I want a new freshly printed chess book I have a number of choices.

A) Buy it from a retailer. (sometimes I have to do this but books are expensive these days.)

B) Approach the publishers for a freebie to review. This occasionally works even if
you have nowhere to publish your review. For it to work just make up a blog page,...

The Zwischenzug


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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. ...

A Cool Chess Player and Queen Skewers.

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.

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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!’ ...

The Pawns in a Goldfish Bowl Winner


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I asked you to guess how many pawns in the goldfish bowl.

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The answer was (and Russ will confirm) 71 pawns and the winner
was Contenchess who came closest when he guessed at number 72.
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Win 'Master Chess'


Last column I showed this picture with ‘Master Chess’ in the middle.

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I have come up with a competition to win this book and anyone can enter.

All you have to do is.... ...

The Curse of the Chess Blog


Red Hot Pawn member Venda won the book title competition with an
imaginative effort that is RHP based and original. I liked it because...

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...I am the Walrus by The Beatle gives me an excuse to show my Green ‘Pawn’ McCartney.
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Regular readers will recall what happened the last time I ran a win a book competition...

Chess 2022 The Musical Competition


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How about that for a nerd gold medal, look at the time for a New Year post.
One minute past midnight. This must be the first blog in my time zone for 2022.

(originally the claim was to be first anywhere but I've been reminded
that other places celebrated the New Year a long time before me.) ...

Chess Christmas Special


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Here is your Christmas treat for 2021 presented to us by Vladimir Korolkoc
White to play and mate in 10 moves (do not panic, I’m giving the solution.)

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World Championship (Game Eleven)


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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...

World Championship (Game 10)


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That is the header I was going to use for the tie breaks when cartoon chess
takes over. Now it looks very much like we will not be seeing tie breaks.

Nepo has a few games left to put a victory on the board, Carlsen won't take his foot
of the gas, the idea of whitewash will appeal so we should get a few good games. ...

World Championship (Game Nine)


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After going 2-0 down the vultures have started circling over the
head of Nepomniachtchi and everyone (me included ) has been
offering him advice on what to do next (I want him to play 1.a3.)

His team must have a few opening twists in their locker to be used
in case their man fell behind. If so then now is the time to open it...

World Championship (Game Eight)


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Just over halfway though the Chess World Championship and...

(Give the playing schedule greenpawn....Russ)

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Just over halfway though the Chess World Championship an...

World Championship (Game Seven)


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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.

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World Championship (Game Six)


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And before you start writing in and asking the answer is ‘No’
you cannot buy my chess waistcoat. I saw a picture years ago
of it being worn by an arbiter and contacted them to see if I
could have it as they surely will never wear it again. I got it!

And here is the original of the doctored picture I used above...

World Championship (Game Five)


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That picture was meant for game four but then I remembered
that it was Magnus Carlsen’s birthday so I did a cake instead.

( I spend more time on the cartoons than I do analysing the games.)

Game 5 was in my opinion a pretty dull affair. It had the makings of a cracker but...

World Championship (Game Four)


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Today is Magnus’s birthday. He is 31 today and we can all remember
what happened the last time he played a world title game on his birthday.

M. Carlsen - S. Karjakin, final rapid game, World Championship 2016
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World Championship (Game Three)


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First the answers from last weeks Chess Trivia Quiz. There were four
questions but due to some glitch (see below) only three had valid answers.

1) Karpov, Reggae and Crocodile Shoes.
2) The missing word was ‘faradisation.’
3) ‘No’ however you can on a Thursday...

World Championship (Game Two)


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First of all the eagerly awaited result of the anagram competition.
I asked for the best anagram of ‘Carlsen Nepomniachtchi’ and the
winner who came up with best answer was the R.H.P. member
‘Charlie the Racoon’ with his entry: ‘Nepomniachtchi Carlsen.’

Charlie wins a sets of door hinges and 16 self tapping screws....

World Championship (Game One)


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I was conned by a street shark who sold me a ticket for game one starting
on Wednesday 24th November. That was the date of the opening ceremony
for the important FIDE people to make speeches and everyone applauded.

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World Chess Championship (the intro)


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I’ve arrived and It’s hot, I knew it would be hot but not as hot as this.
The only people I see at midday are a few mad dogs and Englishmen.

A scenic view of the Dubai skyline.

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Book Prize + 50 move rule + Puzzles


The winner of last blogs caption competition was FMDavidHLevin
The was picked by Keith Ruxton He just saw the entries, no names.

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The winners book prize was ‘Secrets of Chess Training’ by Mark Dvoretsky.
I have two copies (both picked at different times from different junk shops.) ...

Chess Caption Competition


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The best entry - see below where to post it, will be sent a prize!

Here is a late result. Sorry about the delay, blame global warming.

The World Rapid Chess Championship for Kids took place in November 1998
at Disneyland, Paris. It consisted of 9 rounds, each player with 25 minutes each...

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...

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