White Hot Rooks

White Hot Rooks

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White Hot Rooks

Rook Candles!
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I bought four, lit them up and played chess in the dark with my son.
Nine moves in I castled, burnt my chin, jumped up scattering the
pieces all over the place and dripping hot wax on the chessboard.

After putting a plaster on my chin we lit up the Rooks and tried again.

A giant flesh eating moth appeared from nowhere and attacked me.
('it was one small moth about 1/2 inch long'.........greenpawns son.)

After my family chased the giant moth away we carried on playing.
My a1 Rook had not moved and around about move 30 I picked it up.
You have heard about Red Hot Pawn...well this a White Hot Rook.

Another burn plaster was added to my hand. After that we gave up.
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Here is a wee piece of A.Galitzky magic for you (it was composed in 1904)

White to play and mate in four moves. I’ll be kind and give you a couple of clues.
Always leave Black with just one legal move to make, only one of the Knights move.

*** Spoiler Alert *** Solution right after this picture.

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Gate Kamsky realising he had entered the Women’s 2012 U.S. Championship.
(in fact it is Kamsky v Nakamura in Round.10 of the 2012 U.S. Championship)

Solution to the Galitzky mate in four.

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I was reading on Face Book about an experienced player recalling how he kept
getting beat by a friend playing Scholars Mate. He came up with a cunning plan.

So of course I looked at RHP games where a Queen on a5 takes a Queen on h5.

chuke - Laponka RHP 2007

And now, just to even things up. A White Queen on h5 taking a Black Queen on a5

Ken Heikes - kilimanjarocigar RHP 2018

In case you have missed it, that was today’s instructive bit.
Look out for undefended pieces especially if there is a check
(any check) in the position. These are very basic examples but
undefended pieces often lose games even at the very highest level.

However should a good player ever think they are too good to get caught by such
banal tactics as a two move trick. (which often punishing an unprotected piece is.)
Then the rude awakening is enlightening, instructive and (for us) entertaining.

Thien Hai Dao - Garry Kasparov EUR-ASIA Rapid Match Batumi, 2001

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I mention last blog that I was playing over the games in this.

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I had a wee joke with the Carlsen - Anand, Nice 2009 blindfold game.
Here is some good and genuine analysis by Soltis from the same book.

V. Anand - M. Carlsen, Game 9, World Championship, Chennai 2013.

The final position.

Black has just played 28....Qb1-e1. Anand only looked at 28....Qb1-d1 when 29.Rh4
would win. If 29.Rh4 now then 29...Qxh4! and White has no way to get at the King.

So we look at, with the help of Soltis, how 28....Qb-d1 would have won.

The thread accompanying this blog is Thread 188699
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