Playing Chess with the Devil (part 2)

Playing Chess with the Devil (part 2)

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Many years ago for an experiment I places a mirror behind my chess set.
I’m not too sure why I would wish to do such a thing, but I tell you this.

mirror start

I’ll never do it again!

At first everything was fine and then one night I noticed something odd.
This is the image one normally sees when you have a mirror reflection.

mirror right

But that night the reflection was not true. It was this.

mirror wrong

And then to my horror I saw it was not me in the reflection of the mirror, but the Devil.

“It’s you again.” I said. “Yes” he replied, “...and this time I will beat you.”

To date I have beaten Old Nick at Poker, Scrabble, Monopoly and Hungry Hippos.
The strange thing is he never cheats. You would expect him too but he never does.

I recall in the Scrabble game he had to place in reverse every word I put on the board.
I put down ‘room’, he had to put down ‘moor’, I placed ‘trap’ he had to put down ‘part’.
We continued like this till I put down ‘dog’. He placed ‘God’ on the board and vanished!

Me - The Devil, a midnight many years ago.

I removed the mirror and wrapping it up in a newspaper I donated it to a charity shop.
If you ever buy a cracked mirror from a charity shop do not put it behind your chess set.

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Recently I won a game on RHP with this little trick.

greenpawn - lbthree RHP 2020 (White to play)

An easy to see Queen sac but always nice to play. 27.Qxg7 Kxg7 28.Rh1-h7 mate.

But it rang a bell which I could not quite place. However a few days later whilst
checking on something else I came across this finish in a game which the loser,
Keith Ruxton, noted up for me in the old ‘Chandler Cornered’ that I use to write.

I. Krush - K. Ruxton, Gibraltar Masters .2007

38.Qxg7 Kxg7 39.Rh7+ Kg8 40.Rh8+ Kg7 41.Rh1-h7 mate.

Keith was my fellow author on ‘Rampant Chess’ (not a plug, they are all sold out.)

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Do not write in asking for my chess waistcoat. It's mine and I'm not giving it away.

Now three of the same theme from RHP games. Solution is in the hidden answer.

Mydogspot - joeboy69 RHP 2017 (all with White to play)

29.Qh8+ Kxh8 30.Rxh7+ and mates.

daddyhawkins8 - cham55 RHP 2018

28.Qh8+ Bxh8 29.Rxh8+ and mates.

blainemn - flore RHP 2019

28.Qd7+ Nxd7 29.Rh1-h7 mate.

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Number the squares from a1 (number one) to h8 (number 64) how many times does the
number five appear. Do it in your mind. The answer will be at the bottom of this page.

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Anatoly Karpov gave a simultaneous display at the Gibraltar Chess Festival.
One of the players taking part was actually called Robert Fischer (they drew)

This picture of the event is NOT the Robert Fischer who took part.

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An uncanny resemblance. (Karpov appears to be getting ‘help’ via an ear phone.)
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A study by Liburkin and Bondarenko White to play and win. The first try is:

But it can be won, look at this.

One game should suffice how you win a KQ v KBP ending.

Bobthebass (1558) - FERQUIROS 2019

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The number of times a ‘5’ appears in 1 to 64 is 16 times.
(I got 15 because I forgot to count the double 5 on 55.)

This is titled Playing the Devil at Chess (part 2) . Part One is here. Blog Post 360

The thread accompanying this blog is Thread 184885
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