The Cursed Chess Set

The Cursed Chess Set

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The Cursed Chess Set

Another Book Review.

One of the English Chess Forum some lads was saying he had read a book about a cursed chess set.

After a few days he recalled it was this one:

A Book

I got my hands on a copy and as it’s quite thin and in very large print I read it all within 15 minutes.
Here it is by comparison with ‘The Chess Struggle in Practise’ by Vainstein and Bronstein

Two Books

If you do not have a copy of ‘The Chess Struggle in Practise’ to judge the size of ‘A Game of Life and Death’
then you can tell me what chess book you do have and I'll do a picture with that book.

Another way you can judge the size is………..

(For Pete’s sake greenpawn forget about the bloody size, what was it about…………..Russ)

It’s about a chess set that is cursed. Who ever play on it and losses, dies.
I won’t tell you anymore as I don’t want to spoil it for you.

(What kind of book review is this….’it’s thin.’…….Russ)

em…...well that’s it.

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I’m fed up doing book reviews.
What’s the point of me (or anyone else for that matter) reviewing a new chess book.
You will only be able to say if it did you any good in 40-50 years time.

I’ll just stick to the tried and trusted Planet Greenpawn formula of finding
a good instructive Master game which has a Mr Sly Boots trick hiding in it.

The Master will avoid it but one or more of you lot are bound to fall for it.

I am typing this on Wednesday 5th February 2014. On that day in 1926 this happened.

Edgar Colle - Max Euwe, Antwerp, 1926

Again I express a slight surprise that this game…..

(Greenpawn are you sure about the date and the same day?....................Russ)

Of course not, I just needed a link to get into this game. The year is right and there
is a 365-1 chance I’m right about the day. Don’t worry about it, none of this lot will check it.

Again I express a slight surprise that this game is not in Chernev’s ‘Most Instructive Games’
nor his ‘Logical Chess’. I could write a good book using all the good games he left out.
(Then some book reviewer can tell us in 40 years time if it was any good.)

It’s probably too short and White’s moves are a bit loose for a player of Colle’s ability.

After six White moves this position appeared. (it’s Black to play)

There was a time when this position would have been classed as an automatic White win. Read on.

Back here:

I asked why White cannot play 10.0-0. The answer of course is 10.0-0 c4+ wins a piece.

Alas I found one RHP victim who castled in exactly the same position.
It came from a different move order, always instructive to see how.

coquette - Jaume RHP 2009

In the Colle - Euwe game I mentioned jamjamjoe - Dalradian RHP 2012 here it is.

This next game fragment is entertaining. Black sets up White for a real cutie.

jamjamjoe - Dalradian RHP 2006

And we bring the curtain down on another show with the comedy act;

cloneone - JAIROSKY RHP 2009

‘A Game of Life and Death’ by Anita Jackson ISBN 0-7487-6435

The thread accompanying this blog is Thread 157807

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Comments (7)

  • Posted 2100 days 15 hours and 24 minutes ago
    Standard memberptobler
    Might Vainstein be Garry's dad?
  • Posted 2132 days 8 hours and 31 minutes ago
    Standard memberQuickDrawd4
    Feel free - as long as they are helpful to someone else!
  • Posted 2132 days 15 hours and 8 minutes ago

    I was wondering when anyone would spot that one.

    I swapped the games over, left the names behind.

    This is fun. I'll see if I can use another of your losses QuickDrawd4 - if not I'll use that old one again.
  • Posted 2133 days 7 hours and 11 minutes ago
    Standard memberQuickDrawd4
    Another quick correction:
    In the Colle-Euwe game: 9. exd5 allowing 9...Re8+ is the coming jamjamjoe - Dalradian game which I'll show next.

    followed by: In the Colle - Euwe game I mentioned Thaba - funkydunky71 RHP 2012 here it is.

    Just my small act of retribution for an old blog...

    Keep up the excellent work GP

  • Posted 2138 days 13 hours and 30 minutes ago
    The 2010 was a hang-up from a previous attempt at a joke.
    (something about I knew in four years time I'd be getting this book....naff...dropped it.)

    Got my White's and Black's mixed up in the rewrite.

    Good and corrected.

    Keep looking, one of us has to stay alert.

  • Posted 2138 days 14 hours and 24 minutes ago
    Standard memberKyplor
    First board, move 16. Black

    "Now with all the bits active White picks his piece back from White's inside pocket."

    (sorry, I'll stop looking)
  • Posted 2138 days 14 hours and 39 minutes ago
    Standard memberKyplor

    "I am typing this on Wednesday 5th February 2010."

    Are you sure? A I recall 5 Feb 2010 was on a Friday.
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