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The Chess Retirement Cake


I recently retired from work. The gang baked me and gave me a chess cake!

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Not too clear, hang on I’ll put a yellow folder behind it.

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That’s better...

James Aitken, Scottish Chess Player.


Hi, I’ve been off air for a while as I have undertaken the task of entering
all 45(!) chess score books of James Aitken into the BritBase Database

The games start from the year 1931 and end in 1983.

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Yes that is a picture of me...

The Mysterious Art of Zugzwang.


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A Rook on 7th
green pawns

The first Super GM O.T.B. tournament to be held for a long time recently finished.
It was held in Norway. Carlsen won it and the final score table looks like this.

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Knighthoods in Chess


Found this floating around the net.

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Wouldn’t it be great if such a rule existed. Any pawn next to
a King can be knighted and it immediately becomes a Knight.

I did find an RHP game with the bones of the same mating pattern...

Missing the Morphy Pattern.

I pick this up on my travels around the various chess sites.

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green pawns

What game is this final position from?

1n1Rkb1r/p4ppp/4q3/4p1B1/4P3/8/PPP2PPP/2K5 b k - 0 17
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Spurious Chess.

Recently I had the pleasure of reading this:

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You will understand that a nutshell review is all I can offer because
it is a murder mystery with a strong chess theme running though it
and going in too deep may spoil potential readers enjoyment of it.

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Chess and Bonnie Prince Charlie


This virus thingy has sunk my plans for touring the Scottish Highlands
where I hoped to finally unearth the treasure of Bonnie Prince Charlie.

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The map, I bought it from a Nigerian Prince, is marked with a bright red ‘X ‘.
It is going to make me richer than rich . I shall buy a small country and pick
myself to represent my country ‘Green Pawn Land’ in the Chess Olympiad...

Chess Authors and the Gremlins.

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(photo from chessbase)
Mr. Leonard Barden, the record breaking Guardian Chess columnist
(64+ years and counting) celebrated his 91st birthday a few days ago.

I cannot stress enough the importance of a good chess column in the
pre-digital age. In the UK chess did not warrant T.V. or radio coverage
unless there was some other ‘non-chess’ news attached, for Instance;...

Chess and The Double 'G'.


At last I have ‘The Book’ this is the book that will reveal the secrets of 6.Bg5
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Recap: We first saw this line mentioned in an old chess magazine by Robert Bellin.

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And to save going back a few blogs this is what I wrote: ...

Chess Knock-Knock Jokes.


I like most of you at Red Hot Pawn so I am a bit wary about showing you this.
It was sent to me by a greenpawn (that’s me) blog fan. I am chuffed to tea breaks.

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I know the severe pangs of jealousy this will invoke amongst you all.

It was made for me by Lyonola Ashkova, a female RHP member wh...
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