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  1. 07 Oct '11 11:42
    Plus Chess Spotting on a Railway Station.

    Some interesting games and positions from the Austrian Championship 2011.
    (all will become clear as to the why when you read the blog)

    Two Fischer games. One featuring Bobby playing 1.d4!

    Sprinkled throughout is the usual RHP games one ending in a fairly unique position.

    Blog 4
  2. 07 Oct '11 14:25
    Originally posted by greenpawn34
    Some interesting games and positions from the Austrian Championship 2011.

    (And on the blog, on that subject)

    Maybe Bb4 is a universal blind spot.
    I blame Nimzowitch. He caused it to have the "always a strong move" stigma.

    Richard
  3. Subscriber Paul Leggett
    Chess Librarian
    07 Oct '11 22:32
    Great Blog!

    I think the blind spot is not at b4, but it is really at d3.

    It is not a "normal" square for a knight, and sometimes experience and pattern recognition can be a hindrance when there is something anomalous in the position.

    For instance, we have all seen knights on f3 so many times that we automatically see ideas based on d4, e5, and g5, because there are a great number of patterns around those moves. We almost don't even consciously "discover" it- we automatically see it and factor it in to whatever we are thinking about at an assumptive level.

    Not so with a knight on d3, where the pattern has shifted over a bit, and things aren't exactly where we expect them to be. It's almost as though there are shades of Fischer 960 chess appearing as shadows on the board.
  4. 10 Oct '11 01:09
    I want more pics of games played in stations on icebergs etc...
    ANYWHERE BUT A CHESS CONGRESS.

    I have set up an email account for you send pics to:

    redhotpawnblog@hotmail.co.uk

    I'll check it out 2-3 times a week.
    The rule is you MUST be in the picture.