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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. ...

Chess Historians...Huh!

This is all the fault of the Chess Historian Edward Winter.

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Nobody knows what Edward Winter looks like...this will do.

Ages ago his site hinted that when Morphy played his famous game at the opera in Paris
1858 the opera being performed may have been Norma by Bellini. So I went and bought it...

King Hunts and Knight Forks

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A King being chased across the 64 squares with a player shooting at it’s
feet still, after all these years, brings out in me a primitive joy of chess.

So when recently a Grandmaster sent another Grandmaster’s King for a walk I just
had to share it with you lot and use it as an excuse to show some of your King Hunts. ...

Chess Shenanigans

Title here the 30 year old Chinese player Wang Hoa.

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This is what he looks like. (picture from

The candidates to find a worthy challenger to Carlsen will be held i...
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