Manifold Topics

Several things to attend to today: The Wei Yi game everyone is fussing about, a bit on The Thinking Machine 4, and a game by ptobler.

Here is a picture of Wei Yi: (credit: The Telegraph:

Wei Yi

Wei Yi - Lazaro Bruzon Batista, 6th Hainan Danzhou 2015
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. Nc3 a6 {To prevent knight hops to b5, creating a safe haven for the queen on c7.} 4. Be2 Nc6 5. d4 cxd4 {Black refuses to completely yield the center.} 6. Nxd4 Qc7 7. O-O Nf6 8. Be3 {This protects the a7-g1 diagonal before 9. f4, and protects the d4 knight nicely.} Be7 9. f4 {Gearing up for a kingside a...

The RHP Games Explorer

There is a new game explorer! Hooray!

With it, we are able to see that player e4e5nf3 chose his username brilliantly. When he plays 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 as White, he has a winning percentage of 100% over ten games. As Black, he has also never lost in this line. (It has, however, never been played against him.)

His game against littletwink was a good example of piece coordination.

e4e5nf3-littletwink RHP 2008
1. e4 e5 2. Ng1f3 c5 {A weakening move that undermines Black’s control of d5. It also blunders a pawn.} 3. Nf3xe5 f6 {A serious mistake now by Black. The e8-h5 diagonal is now ripe for the picking.} 4. Ne5f3 {White should have attacked further with 4. Qh5+. This wins White loads of material after 4…g6 5. Nxg6 hxg6 6. Qxh8.} Ng8h6 {Black gets out a knight.} 5. d4 {Simple, straig...

Trawling the Internet

I, casting my net over the waves of the World Wide Web today, found two awesome things. One is a game online, played by GM Max Dlugy while he commentates live. The only unusual part? Dlugy loses!

Here is the video:


The game:...

Canadian Chess

I was in Montreal and Edmonton each to watch the semifinal games of the Women’s World Cup. (My condolences, Laura Bassett.) I have a chess story from each. In Montreal, I visited an interesting cafe named Café Pi.

Café Pi Outside

Café Pi Outside

(Both pictures from ...

GM Walter Browne

RIP Walter Browne.

Here are two games of his.

Walter Browne–Kerry Lawless San Francisco 1969 ...

The CANdidates Tournament

As Caruana and Nakamura have freshly qualified for the Candidates tournament along with last year’s challenger, Anand, let’s take a look at a brilliant game each.


Tibor Fogarasi–Fabiano Caruana Budapest 2007
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 a6 5. Nc3 Qc7 {Black, having neglected development to take away squares from the White knights, can safely put the queen here.} 6. Bd3 {White puts the bishop on an active diagonal and overprotects e4.} Nf6
7. O-O Bc5 8. Nb3 {The knight retreats to gain a tempo on the bishop and assist a possible f5-push.} Ba7 {The bishop moves to avoid capture.} 9. Kh1 {To get off the a7-g1 diagonal, and so prepare f2-f4.} Nc6 10. Bg5 h5 {Black begins the attack.} 11. Bxf6 gxf6
12. f4 {...

Oddities and Development

First of all, I apologize for not putting up a post in a long time. A month. I’ve been really busy, and I’ll post more often now.

We go to a few of the stranger positions I have recently had. (sorry if this seems a tad egotistical)

golddog2-HikaruShindo RHP 2015
2k5/p4p2/2p2p2/2p3p1/5p2/1K5P/3r2P1/8 w - - 0 34

Here golddog2 sportingly resigned. However, I was hoping for a chance to round up the h- and g-pawns. Black would then have seven (!) passed pawns, along with a strikingly bad pawn structure...


Today, American Civil War generals do battle. Lee versus Grant! Curiously enough, there are three players in the United States Chess Federation Database named…Grant Lee! (

versus ...
The final part of the series! C. H. O’D. Alexander played Alekhine four times. Alekhine was better, of world champion status, but Alexander managed to draw twice! In my opinion the more instructive of these draws is as follows:

Alexander Alekhine–Conel Hugh O'Donel Alexander Hastings 1933/34
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 {The somewhat drawish Petroff.} 3. d4 {An interesting and slightly livelier way to play this than 3. Nxe5} Nxe4 4. Bd3 d5 5. Nxe5 Bd6 {However, we return to the mirror.} 6. O-O O-O 7. c4 Nc6 {This make some sense. Black will comfortably regain the pawn after 8…Nxd4.} 8. cxd5 Nxd4 9. Bxe4 Bxe5 10. f4 Bf6 11. Nc3 Bf5 {More pieces come off. Black induces a slightly favorable trade of the bishops while developing.}
12. Qd3 Bxe4 13. Nxe4 Qxd5 14. Nxf6+ gxf6 {Alexander accepts the...

C. H. O'D pt. 2–Smoking Botvinnik+Pipes–Bletchley Park

This section thanks to moonbus, who pm’ed me with the moves and pictures of a chess set he owns that was used by A. L. Moir in a simul against C. H. O’D Alexander. Thanks, moonbus!

THe pieces touched by two British champions!

The knight and rook can be identified as the kingside K and R for notation purposes

C. H. O’D Alexander–Rev. A. L. Moir 1953 Simultaneous ...
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