by greenpawn34 on Sep 23 2020 17:59 | 7079 views | 1 edit | Last edit on Sep 24 2020 11:02
Recently I had the pleasure of reading this:
You will understand that a nutshell review is all I can offer because
it is a murder mystery with a strong chess theme running though it
and going in too deep may spoil potential readers enjoyment of it.
by greenpawn34 on Sep 13 2020 11:05 | 12598 views | 4 edits | Last edit on Sep 14 2020 10:15
This virus thingy has sunk my plans for touring the Scottish Highlands
where I hoped to finally unearth the treasure of Bonnie Prince Charlie.
The map, I bought it from a Nigerian Prince, is marked with a bright red ‘X ‘.
It is going to make me richer than rich . I shall buy a small country and pick
myself to represent my country ‘Green Pawn Land’ in the Chess Olympiad...
by greenpawn34 on Aug 28 2020 14:17 | 19979 views | 4 edits | Last edit on Sep 26 2020 09:44
(photo from chessbase)
Mr. Leonard Barden, the record breaking Guardian Chess columnist
(64+ years and counting) celebrated his 91st birthday a few days ago.
I cannot stress enough the importance of a good chess column in the
pre-digital age. In the UK chess did not warrant T.V. or radio coverage
unless there was some other ‘non-chess’ news attached, for Instance;...
by greenpawn34 on Jul 01 2020 10:19 | 11989 views | 2 edits | Last edit on Jul 10 2020 19:59
On the 21st December 1983 Garry Kasparov gave a simultaneous display
against ten junior players at the London headquarters of Acorn computers.
This was not your usual board and pieces affair, it was a computer simul.
Each player had a BBC computer running an Acorn chess playing program.
The juniors keyed in their moves and Gary would appear to key in his reply.
by greenpawn34 on Mar 01 2020 22:02 | 7894 views | 2 edits | Last edit on Mar 02 2020 00:52
When I was having my massive clear out (see the previous blog)
I found a few decades worth of CHESS magazine so we kick off
this weeks blog with four covers. You have the guess the year
the Chess event on the cover took place. (the last one is hard.)
(Magnus Carlsen sensational winner of the Grandmaster Tournament at Wijk aan Zee...
by greenpawn34 on Feb 17 2020 15:01 | 14747 views | 2 edits | Last edit on Feb 18 2020 10:15
I have been clearing out my wee study, actually that is a lie. I was looking for
something else and became amazed at all the junk I have that I no longer need.
Loads of notebooks full of master games from the 70’s. I used to copy them
out from library books, now days of course we have home computer databases.
I bravely binned the lot along with old tatty/torn football/speedway programmes...
by greenpawn34 on Feb 06 2020 14:50 | 11339 views | 1 edit | Last edit on Feb 08 2020 12:22
It was Thomas Alva Edison who wiped out more ghosts, ghouls and goblins
than Van Helsing when he invented the electric light bulb in the year 1879
Before we all saw the light we had to make do with wax candles and these things
were not to good at lighting up rooms or corridors. They shimmered with the any
soft breeze causing moving shadows on the walls and our imaginations did the rest.
by greenpawn34 on Jan 26 2020 23:19 | 8980 views | 1 edit | Last edit on Jan 29 2020 02:24
Outside Sandy Bells in Edinburgh. The position was mean to be this:
k1B5/p3R3/1p6/1K6/8/8/8/7q w - - 0 1
But someone came out when I was setting it up and a dog ate some of the pieces.
A study by A. S. Kakovin It is White to play and draw (solution at the bottom)
Hello and I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and a Good Year.
Last post was my Christmas Quiz. Looks like most of you enjoyed it.
I am going to show you a puzzle that did not make it because I know
a lot of my audience (that is you the readers) are mostly home and
casual players and I thought it may be a bit too difficult. It is hard.