The Torch + The Triple Hit

The Torch + The Triple Hit

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The Torch + The Triple Hit

Do you know what this is…..?

The Torch

That is the Olympic Torch going past my house on it’s way to Edinburgh Castle.

It’s not the first time a torch wielding mob have been to my house.
Thankfully this time they were not trying to chase me out of the neighbourhood.

They were partaking in some ancient ritual that dates back to 490bc when
Pheidippides, ran 26 miles from Marathon to Athens to tell everyone that the
Greeks had just won some battle. (I wonder if he was dressed up as a Spiderman)

Just round the corner from my house thousands, yes thousands, of people packed
into the Edinburgh Castle Esplanade where coincidently, between 1590 and 1700
over 300 witches were torched to death.

A few days later I was allowed to turn up late for work to take a few pics of the
2012 Scottish Blitz Championship which was being held in Surgeons Hall.

Here is Sam Collins (white) playing Simon Williams.

Scottish Blitz 2

And Danny Gormally (black) playing the tournament winner Sabino Brunello (Italy)

Scottish Blitz 1

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Greg Williams (1297)- caissa100 (1328) RHP Ch 2012

I am going to put this game through the mangle. There are some amazing
unplayed moves and ideas.

We start with a position that could have appeared. White to play.

What would you do as White here? Have a think about it.

Dropping back the Bishop to b3 looks OK. It wins a pawn.

Try something else.

And the White Queen sac mate I mentioned in case Black tried 4…Kd8.

Greg Williams - caissa100 RHP Ch 2012 (continued)
Let us see the lead up play to the next interesting position,

OK we have seen all the ‘might have beens’. Let us see what happened.

So a Black Queen nicking the b-pawn. Fact or Fiction?

The stats from the RHP -1400 DB.

b-pawns captured by the Black Queen - 38,898
White wins - 15,146
Draws - 3,137
Black wins - 20,615

From the Mega Database of over 4 million OTB games.

b-pawns captured by the Black Queen -115,432
White wins - 42,358
Draws - 22,981
Black wins - 50,066

This all seems to be a reverse of what we are being told. But wait….
It’s all about the Black Queen wasting time in the opening to nick the b-pawn.

So we do the same models but this time we look at games of 20 moves or under.

The stats from the RHP -1400 DB.

b-pawns captured by the Black Queen game ends 20 moves or less - 4217
White wins - 1912
Draws - 86
Black wins - 2219

From the Mega Database of over 4 million OTB games.

b-pawns captured by the Black Queen. game ends 20 moves or less - 4848

White wins - 1885
Draws - 1209
Black wins - 1749

The RHP DB is not showing any proof in favour of White if the Black Queen
nicks the b2 pawn.
Only in the OTB DB under 20 moves does White has a lead of over 100 games.

All this proves…um….hmmmm……Let’s talk to Endgame Ernie.


Hi fans, today we look at a basic King & Rook v lone King ending. I know it’s very
basic but there are lads out there who do not know how to do this.

Welsh Witch - Burgs RHP Ch 2012

Black to play and mate in three.

Again taking a position from the actual game here is the winning method.
As I said earlier from the following position Black chased the White King around
the board for 30 odd moves and left with a draw.

Let us talk to the Duck.

The Duck

Hi Duck Dudes. In this game we see a…..

(wait a minute Duck. I saw last weeks baldy greenpawn joke.)

The Pink Duck

(Be pink for a week and anymore beak out of you I’ll unweb your feet.)

… this game we see a triple hit. It should have won but…..

TimAmbler - haritini RHP Ch 2012

The thread accompanying this blog is Thread 147126

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Comments (9)

  • Posted 2726 days 13 hours and 6 minutes ago
    Hi Ulysses.

    Google it. It started by Nazi's.
    I knew they had a flame burning throughout the ancient Olympics
    but did not know the Torch run was a Nazi idea.

    I never knew that. You learn something everyday.
  • Posted 2726 days 14 hours and 57 minutes ago
    Standard memberUlysses72
    Hi GP,
    I am sitting idle for a long time but I am always wandering around to take a look at your blogs. Please allow the dead Greek a small comment. Pheidippides 26 miles run is "The Marathon Race" and has nothing to do with the Olympic Torch. You'll face a very nasty surprise if you search a little bit further on the origins of the "Olympic Torch" ritual (this is a quiz). If the search is unfruitful you can mail the "real me" .
  • Posted 2726 days 18 hours and 58 minutes ago
    SubscriberPaul Leggett
    About the two minutes...I can't explain.
  • Posted 2726 days 20 hours and 26 minutes ago
    Standard memberDeau
    Kingshill taught me a swift lesson after I captured on b2 out of a Modern Defence. Game 8870244

    I won't get fooled again.
  • Posted 2727 days 1 hour and 11 minutes ago
    Hi Paul

    Two minutes inbetween posts.
    So It took two minutes to come up with 'Squeezebox'. 🙂

    We never had any computers in my generation.
  • Posted 2727 days 8 hours and 16 minutes ago
    SubscriberPaul Leggett
    And the duck has a special chess engine that specializes in zugzwang positions- he calls it his squeezebox.
  • Posted 2727 days 8 hours and 17 minutes ago
    SubscriberPaul Leggett
    The duck wasn't originally supposed to be in the blog- he's a substitute for another guy...
  • Posted 2727 days 15 hours and 48 minutes ago
    The duck is a big Who fan. Favourite song: Happy Quack.
  • Posted 2727 days 17 hours and 3 minutes ago
    Standard memberpobnoonmunch
    Thanks for all that. Very kind of you to analyse. I especially liked the The Who message craftily nestled away by the little duck.
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