1. e4
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    30 Jun '23 09:19

    A picture of me and my Chess Set at Pennan village in the remote
    Scottish Highlands. It is where they filmed a lot of the scenes from
    ‘Local Hero’ and I’ve set up right next to the red telephone box.

    Then three themed puzzles for you to solve. After that I’ve found
    more examples of RHP players promoting a pawn without thinking
    and finding themselves getting checkmated on the next move

    How many times has this mating pattern appeared on Red Hot Pawn.

    The number is quite high and it is four times higher with
    White getting checkmated than Black in the mirror image.
    Apparently going first on RHP means you will be first to blunder.

    Finally, try this one. Compose the shortest checkmate with
    an under promotion to a Knight. Black can do it in 5 moves.

    Blog Post 573
  2. Joined
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    01 Jul '23 16:06
    Geoff's blog post reminded me of a sequence I saw decades ago, probably in Wonders and Curiosities of Chess by Irving Chernev, in which Black mates with the king's knight at move 5.

  3. SubscriberPonderable
    chemist
    Linkenheim
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    01 Jul '23 20:03
    @FMDavidHLevin
    curious indeed, I can't imagine many players not to take the Knight.
  4. Standard membermchill
    Cryptic
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    02 Jul '23 05:16
    @greenpawn34 said

    A picture of me and my Chess Set at Pennan village in the remote
    Scottish Highlands. It is where they filmed a lot of the scenes from
    ‘Local Hero’ and I’ve set up right next to the red telephone box.

    Then three themed puzzles for you to solve. After that I’ve found
    more examples of RHP players promoting a pawn without thinking
    and finding themselv ...[text shortened]... der promotion to a Knight. Black can do it in 5 moves.

    Blog Post 573
    Nice photo. It seems I have a twin on the other side of the globe. I'm mildly shocked at how much we look alike, and the photo you posted months ago of your desk with your chess set is quite similar to mine.

    That mating pattern with the black knight was published in Chess Life magazine as part of a tactics exercise about 2 years ago.
  5. e4
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    02 Jul '23 11:501 edit
    Hi David

    Wonders and Curiosities of Chess by Chernev is a wonderful book. I must have got
    10-15 chess columns out of it in the past 50 years. The Blog is in part inspired by that book.

    I look for something (a study/problem/good OTB game or anything odd) and see
    if there any RHP examples that match. Whilst looking I often stumble across some
    incredible RHP games and I'm only too happy to rescue them from obscurity.

    Of course some players wish I had left them unknown but most here do not mind
    their leg getting pulled over a silly mistake. I sometimes wish I was not a fairly good
    player.
    The gang here here shrug off a blunder. Sometimes I'm annoyed with myself for
    making a daft move especially if it a blunder I cannot explain. 'Why did I do that?'
    As I get older these lemons are creeping in more and more.

    Hi mchill
    I'm curious to see my double. I'll PM you an address, send me a picture.
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