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Magnus Carlsen Question and Answer Session


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What a scoop for Red Hot Pawn. We can ask the current World Chess Champion
questions, hopefully if he reads this and joins Red Hot Pawn he can answer them.

The first question comes from Mrs. B. Knight on the Rim.

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Chess Merchandising


I have decided to go into Chess Merchandising.

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Print this out, glue it too a piece of stiff cardboard and pin it to your chest.

Or wear one of these. A Sock (£19.00) ...

I've Got A Chess Biscuit Tin!


I bought a Biscuit Tin! Not any common seen in your granny’s parlour
every day type of biscuit tin, but a genuine 100% Chess Biscuit Tin.

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Here is a better picture of the lid.

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The Rook and Knight Epaulette Mate

When I was having my massive clear out (see the previous blog)
I found a few decades worth of CHESS magazine so we kick off
this weeks blog with four covers. You have the guess the year
the Chess event on the cover took place. (the last one is hard.)

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(Magnus Carlsen sensational winner of the Grandmaster Tournament at Wijk aan Zee...

The Hunt for a 1990 Chess Magazine

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I have been clearing out my wee study, actually that is a lie. I was looking for
something else and became amazed at all the junk I have that I no longer need.

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Loads of notebooks full of master games from the 70’s. I used to copy them
out from library books, now days of course we have home computer databases.
I bravely binned the lot along with old tatty/torn football/speedway programmes...

The Ghosts of Old Chess Masters.


It was Thomas Alva Edison who wiped out more ghosts, ghouls and goblins
than Van Helsing when he invented the electric light bulb in the year 1879

Before we all saw the light we had to make do with wax candles and these things
were not to good at lighting up rooms or corridors. They shimmered with the any
soft breeze causing moving shadows on the walls and our imaginations did the rest. ...

1,000 Wins = 1,000 Chess Traps


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Outside Sandy Bells in Edinburgh. The position was mean to be this:

k1B5/p3R3/1p6/1K6/8/8/8/7q w - - 0 1
But someone came out when I was setting it up and a dog ate some of the pieces.
A study by A. S. Kakovin It is White to play and draw (solution at the bottom)
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One Million Moves and a New Chess Magazine


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OOPS! Correction. Aliens have abducted both Fischer and Spassky.

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Yes it is true! On the 29th of December 2019 texasnurse 748651
made her one millionth move on Red Hot Pawn. Move one million wa...

Chess Trap Man. A New Super Hero


Hello and I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and a Good Year.

Last post was my Christmas Quiz. Looks like most of you enjoyed it.
I am going to show you a puzzle that did not make it because I know
a lot of my audience (that is you the readers) are mostly home and
casual players and I thought it may be a bit too difficult. It is hard. ...

2019 Christmas Chess Quiz


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Hello, Merry Christmas etc...etc... some of the answers are right below the questions`.
Those that require a more detailed answer are in the 'Answers' section at the bottom.

(1) One condition in Santa’s contract was not only to deliver toys to every corner
of the globe but to also take out ‘The Grinch.’ This is known as Santa’s clause. ...
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