The Once in a Lifetime Move + Martians!

The Once in a Lifetime Move + Martians!

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The Once in a Lifetime Move + Martians!

Book Review No.4

Rare chess books are a speciality of mine. I don’t have any.
However I bet only a few of you have this classic from 1957
written by none other than Richard Ellington (Duke’s elder brother.)


As you can guess from the cover it all about the dangers of leaving
your Queen with no escape squares. Here is an RHP example.

bignorm13 - Born2chess RHP Ch. 2014

And another, this time it’s the White Queen that is the patsy.

Juman - Ulf RHP Ch. 2014

Well that is the end of the book review see you next week.

The thread accompanying this blog is Thread 159888

(more games greenpawn…………………..Russ)

I’ve no more examples.

(Show them someone winning a Queen and then losing……..Russ)

In the previous example we saw Ulf winning a Queen and forcing his way to the
White King. In this game Black wins a Queen and soon has two Queens, but losses.. .

Sit back and rejoice in the once in a lifetime chance White missed.

PBSAndreas - de nar RHP Ch. 2014

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Emanuel Lasker said when you see a good move sit on your hands and look for a better one.

Lasker never played on the internet. If he had been around today he would have said:
“If you see a good move. Unplug your mouse and look for a better move.”

kingquoble - forkedknight RHP Ch. 2014

I’ll stay with this mini theme on the object of the game, which
in case you have forgotten is to Checkmate the enemy King.

alcudiajambo - RudySA RHP Ch. 2014 (White to play}

What is the first thing you see? Taking the Queen or checkmating the King

White took the Black Queen with Qxc3 and went onto win but Rd8 is Checkmate.
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I picked up this for 10p.


The New York Post for Saturday the 27th August, 1988.
Why? Because it has a Chess Column in it, that is why.

chess column

In the days before the internet this was your source for up to date news and any TN’s.

This column mentions that Dimitry Gurevich won the U.S. Open pocketing $5000.
It was run over two weeks and the main controversy was the ‘Lazy Man’s ‘ format.

This means you skip the first week joining in on the fun in the 2nd week with 4½ pts.
The plan being to encourage the working man to enter. (more than 600 had entered).
But this only encouraged the professional players to start with a 4½ pt. bye.
Those that took advantage of this included Max Dlugy, Larry Christiansen and Lev Alburt

In the given game, Bonin - Gurevich. Black had a Queen v Rook and Knight.

White should have played 37.Rf8 the Queen fork 37…Qg7 fails to 38.Rf7+.
Instead 37.Rc5 was played and Black replied 37..Qh8 winning the pinned Knight.

So I ran through the 2014 RHP Championship to see if we had any Q v R+N games.
I found this game which throws up an instructive moment. It has signposts that you look
out for in your games that tell you when to STOP! and look for tactical tricks and shots

jonesthewine - historybites RHP Ch. 2014 (Black to play)

Black should have played 35... Qa6 36. Nf4 Qa1+ 37. Kc2 Qc3+ 38. Kb1 b3.

Black will mating in a few moves. Let us see how the game went.

This one is good. Klazie - jalanopi RHP 2007 (White to play)

White plays a combination that wins a very expensive Black Queen.
Who would have thought that White’s back rank would prove weak in 6 moves time.

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If you ever get a PM from a lad calling himself Datafly offering to sell you things. Delete it.

I failed to do this and when I read his offer on of a pocket chess set for £5.00. look what arrived.

original picture

The picture of the box looks OK until you open it.


I cannot play Chess with this. I’ve been chiselled. Since when has 1.e6 been a move.

I need to do this to get a proper game:

set up one

or this….

set up two

You have been warned! Do not send this cad any money.
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We started with Queens getting mugged, we shall end on the same note.

This 400 year old trap first spotted by Greco in 1610 has so many victims (100+ on here)
I have no doubt at all that in another 400 years it will still be catching the unwary.

infomast - larry the lick RHP Ch. 2014

To make it up to the more experienced players who have seen and very likely pulled
off this trap before, I offer you this piece of merriment. Once you have seen it you will forgive me.

This game features a double check. The first time I saw a double check I thought.

“Wow! That is just like getting your flesh burned off by two Invading Martians.!


I’m always thinking of invading Martians, I rarely think of anything else.
When I have one of my disastrous opening ideas over the board it’s like…

opening idea

And when I play a really good player I feel like a…


rmajoran - Daily Knight RHP 2011

The thread accompanying this blog isThread 159888

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