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A History of Chess (parts 3 to 9)


....continuing with our history of what really matters in Chess.

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We left part II with Phildor, moving onto 1813 and we get the first
Chess Column ‘The Liverpool Mercury’ edited by Egerton Smith.

Egerton published a hand drawn diagram meant to show a checkmate in...

A History of Chess Part 1 (and part II)


So what prompted this....well it was this.

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It’s massive, by the time you finish reading it Chess will have a new history.

The book is even bigger than me! ...

Marshall, Alekhine, Nunn and Morphy.


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An early Christmas present I treated myself to was this.

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I picked it up when I down in London for the World Championship...

Yes there is something wrong. The picture of the pieces have been mirrored...

2018 RHP Christmas Chess Quiz


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A Merry Christmas to all and what would Christmas be without Charades.
All you have to do is spot the chess link from the charade. The first one is easy.
The answers are right under each picture, just click on the ‘hidden’ button.

A Famous Opening ...

The 2018 World Chess Championship...BOO!


Well that was fun.
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After 12 games, 12 draws and 3 rapid 25 minutes games Magnus Carlsen is still
the World Champion, the challenger Fabiano Caruana is now $510,000 richer and
we are all standing about, scratching our heads and wondering what just happened.

Punters on Chess Forums all over the net are coming up with suggestion...

Caruana - Carlsen, Game 5 and I was there.


I went down to London for game 5 of the Carlsen - Caruana Match.
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This is me outside the venue with people queuing up to get in.
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And what was it like inside....
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...I’ve no idea because you could not buy a ticket at the door and...

Back Rank Mates and Chess Stamps


“There are two kinds of chess player - those that have been back rank
mated and those that are going to be back rank mated.” Russian proverb.

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No amount of reading, studying or prior warnings will suffice. You
will only learn the Back Rank lesson when it has happened to you. ...

On The Trail Of The Lone Bishop Mate.


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I drew that at work. My skill in all fields has no known boundaries.

I was on Edward Winter’s Chess Notes site looking for something else,
whilst there I stumbled across a section on single Bishop Checkmates.

Mr Winter gives some nice examples a few of which I will use to set us off...

2018 Chess Olympiad and a Cardboard Box


A picture of a cardboard box with the word CHESS on it.
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...er....that’s it.
green pawns

This charming wee book dropped into my lap a few days ago.
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page 40 has this to chapter...

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A Unicorn playing with a Cyclops is an accident waiting to happen.

The Unicorn and Cyclops syndrome in Chess is a Rook and King.
Often in Rook endings the worse thing you can do is have them
playing together on adjoining squares. Accidents waiting to happen. ...
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