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The Q.G.A. and Chess Wizardy

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I took it from the cover of this book.

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It is White to play and win. I’ll take you though it. ...

Step Into Carlsen's Shoes + Giri v DIng

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They are here at last, Whoopee! I’ll be cruising Carlsen like in my neighbour
looking cool as I shoot a few hoops. (that’s Basketball for you uncool nerds.)

The adverts promotional bit.
"A new chess-themed edition of PUMA’s iconic Clyde sneaker featuring five
time world champion Magnus Carlsen’s signature is about to hit the streets...

An Ornament, A Joke and Back Rank Mate

I’ve picked another one of these...( don’t ask why?)

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Some of you old timers might think you have seen this before.
No, this is a different from the one I showed in 380

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World Championship Tie Breaks (all 4 games)

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After some of the most exciting world title games in recent
history we finally have a new Chess World Champion, Ding Liren.

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And thank you Ding. I won £10.50 for a £5.00 stake. ...

World Chess Championship (Game Fourteen)

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So after 13 games it is 3 wins each and 6 draws and only one game,
(game 11) can we call dull. The other 12 games were full of spirit
and good play. The type of games the world title matches have been
missing since Kasparov - Short 1993. ( a magnificent match that one.)

So hopefully to avoid the dreaded tie breaks one player, sadly, has to lose this game...

W.C. Game 13..and I've got a medal!!

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Last night my Tiger Cubs, a team made up of Edinburgh Club juniors
(I’m the non-playing captain) were presented with the Division III trophy.
This is an adult league they play in and they are the only junior team in
the league. We also got medals and of all the dozens of medals and trophies
I’ve picked up over a career spanning 50 this is one of the most cherished.
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World Chess Championship (Game Twelve)

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It’s getting to an exciting stage. Ding Liren is trailing 1-0 and has two white’s
left. If Ding loses this game and Nepo draws game 13 then no more Whites left.

Before the game started I predicted a quiet opening by Ding to frustrate Nepo
who might be tempted to wrap this up right away. Of course Nepo has been
around the block and should not be suckered this way. But you never know....

Rest Day (to make up for Game 11)

Luck You - two Blogs on the same day, I thought I would make it up to
you for the non-game 11 in this match. A cartoon and an RHP game

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Altered for a chess effect from a 1972 Victor boys comic. The cartoon was not signed.

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World Chess Championshio (Game Eleven)

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No wonder the ex-champ (to be) is looking miserable.
Nepo built up a good looking position that had a lot
of potential but being one point ahead killed the game.

Ian. Nepomniachtchi - Ding Liren - Game 11 ...

World Chess Championship (Game Ten)

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Ian Nepomniachtchi is 32 and Ding Liren is 30. Ian is from Russia and
Ding Liren is from China. Both are unmarried and their hobbies include
Chess and... I don’t know. I met Ding very briefly but we never got around
to discussing each others hobbies. I’ve never met Ian Nepomniachtchi.
(I’m not too sure if both players are unmarried. Does that really matter?...

World Chess Championship (Game Nine)

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Recap after my instant notes which I do not edit.

Ding going for a Berlin Defence, which Nepo avoided. A standard looking
Lopez. Na7 and Qc7 from Ding caught me out (and Nepo) I did spot,
(eventually)a plan with Bf8 and the a7 Knight going to c5. I had plenty
of time to do this because Nepo spent 20 minutes on playing 16. Ba2...

World Chess Championship (Game 8)

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A picture taken after Game 7. A shattered Ding Liren and a relieved Nepo.

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Game 8 (recap after my instant in game notes.)

Ding Liren played an obscure 9 Ra2 which appears to have been played before...

World Chess Championship (Game Seven)

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Another twist in this match. Nepo knocks together a Kingside attack,
Ding defended magnificently and just on the point of going on the counter
he froze at the board. This is something that can happen to anyone. With
less than 5 minutes on the clock he took 4 minutes to move and lost on time. ...

World Chess Championship (Game Six)

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That fantasy variation I saw in game 5 I found a good RHP game with the same idea.

RunninScared - Caravan Man RHP 2022

39. axb4 Qa1+ 40. Kh2 Qe1 41. Qf7 {Going for it.} 41... Qxd2 {There goes a Rook.} 42. Qxg8+ Kxg8 {There goes a Queen.} 43. Rc8+ {Kh7 Rh8 mate.} 43... Kf7 44. Rf8# {But checkmate anyway.} ...

World Chess Championship (Game Five)

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The header is from a picture in April 2023 CHESS magazine
of the line up for this years World Master held at Dusseldorf.

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Thank you Wesley So and Anish Giri for holding up the board which
is now worthless because all the players in this event autographed it....

World Chess Championship (Game Four)

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This is the flag of Kazakhstan (where the chess world championship is taking place.)

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Truly a chess mad country, Note there are 32 rays coming from the sun.
One ray for every chess piece. The 32 spaces in between the each of the
rays are for the empty squares when all the pieces are placed on the board...

World Chess Championship (Game Three)

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Hi yesterday at the hospital was OK, I’m a wee bit dopey but fine.

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The Playing Schedule.
Friday, 7 April Opening ceremony (had that)
Saturday, 8 April Media day (whatever that is...

World Chess Championship (Game Two)

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I hope you lot appreciate the work I do for these intro screens.

We have a winner. Nepo. I watched most of the game at
no engine, no commentary and I can post there. I did however flick onto
Chess.24 to grab a couple of pics. The empty board is significant because
both players, especially Ding Liren spend a lot of time in their rest rooms...

World Chess Championship: Game One.


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At the opening ceremony a robot was to pick out a pawn to see what colour Nepo
would be for Game One. It pulled out two pawns of both colours at the same time

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The 2023 Chess World Championship (the intro.)

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A prelude to the coming World Chess Championship that is being played in
the St. Regis Astana Hotel, Astana, in Kazakhstan starting on the 9th April.

First I shall explain the flags. Nepomniachtchi (from now on Nepo the fully
accepted name used by everyone) is a Russian and due to sporting sanctions
imposed against Russia because of the current conflict in the Ukraine he can...

This will be 'Test Tube Chess' part II

And speaking of covers. I always try to start off this blog with an interesting
picture or drawing or what ever. Last week I did a piece on ‘Test Tube Chess’
A few days after posting I thought up a good cover for that book which, if you
recall the cover position to solve nearly put me off chess studies forever. .

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No need to applaud or PM me with praise as to how gifted I am. I already know...

Test Tube Chess

Today we meet an old friend with whom I had lost contact with many years ago.

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We recently met again courtesy of a friend unloading his chess books.

When ever this book came up in conversation I always mention that I nearly gave
up ever looking inside because the first things I did was to try the White to play...

Amazing Bishops and Knight Triangles

I came across one of these. It’s a Bishop Maze (9 moves)

1k6/8/6n1/8/4n3/1n6/8/4B2K w - - 0 1
Only the Bishop moves, nothing else. The Bishop must never move onto a
square where it can be taken and you have to place the Black King in check

If you want to give it a go then I’m giving the answer at the bottom of this blog...

Simple Chess and the Corridor Mate.

This book, quite rightly so, has been hailed as a mini classic.

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Quite a few of the older members here will have the one of the left.
For some reason, possibly a business going into administration the one
on the right (algebraic) is popping up in Oxfam charity shops all over
the country with players reporting the price varying from £2.99 - £3.99...

Chocolates, CHESS and Carlsen.

How about this for self control.

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I was sent these chocolate chess pieces...

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...15 years ago and I’ve still not eaten them....

The Tal Book WInner and Blind Swine Mate

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The story so far. Detective Paul Green (green pawn...gedditt!!) the handsome
all round athlete with a full head of hair was trying to solve the murders of six
members of the Red Hill Chess Club. He had narrowed the suspects down to ten.

Five men, four woman and a dog called Blue. All the victims had been strangled
in their sleep. (spoiler alert! The dog did it with his leash. It was a clever dog....

Tal Book Competition and Bullet Chess

To win ‘The Life and Games of Mikhail Tal’ all you need do is...

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...guess how many pocket chess set pieces are in the shot glass.

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There are three sets involved so no more than 48....

A Bonanza of Chess Blunders

Last week I promised I’d run a competition to win this book.

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Here are the rules. I put the book on E-Bay and who bids the most for it, gets it!

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I’ve not thought up anything ‘green pawnish suitable’ ye...

The Happy New Year 2023 Chess Blog

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Happy New Year and if your Birthday happens to also be on the
first of January then Happy Birthday as well. If you got married on the
first of January then Happy Anniversary. If you retired on the first....

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A quick look back at last year. (because I cannot think of anything else. ...

2022 Chess Christmas Quiz and Games

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They put a concrete chessboard outside Murrayfield Rugby Stadium
So I turned up with my blue (Scotland) and red (Wales) and chess set.




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