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Magnus Carlsen Question and Answer Session

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What a scoop for Red Hot Pawn. We can ask the current World Chess Champion
questions, hopefully if he reads this and joins Red Hot Pawn he can answer them.

The first question comes from Mrs. B. Knight on the Rim.

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Chess Merchandising

I have decided to go into Chess Merchandising.

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Print this out, glue it too a piece of stiff cardboard and pin it to your chest.

Or wear one of these. A Sock (£19.00) ...

I've Got A Chess Biscuit Tin!

I bought a Biscuit Tin! Not any common seen in your granny’s parlour
every day type of biscuit tin, but a genuine 100% Chess Biscuit Tin.

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Here is a better picture of the lid.

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The Rook and Knight Epaulette Mate

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.)

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(Magnus Carlsen sensational winner of the Grandmaster Tournament at Wijk aan Zee...

The Hunt for a 1990 Chess Magazine

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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.

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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...

The Ghosts of Old Chess Masters.

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. ...

1,000 Wins = 1,000 Chess Traps

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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)
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One Million Moves and a New Chess Magazine

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OOPS! Correction. Aliens have abducted both Fischer and Spassky.

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Yes it is true! On the 29th of December 2019 texasnurse 748651
made her one millionth move on Red Hot Pawn. Move one million wa...

Chess Trap Man. A New Super Hero

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. ...

2019 Christmas Chess Quiz

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Hello, Merry Christmas etc...etc... some of the answers are right below the questions`.
Those that require a more detailed answer are in the 'Answers' section at the bottom.

(1) One condition in Santa’s contract was not only to deliver toys to every corner
of the globe but to also take out ‘The Grinch.’ This is known as Santa’s clause. ...

Chess Historians...Huh!

This is all the fault of the Chess Historian Edward Winter.

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Nobody knows what Edward Winter looks like...this will do.

Ages ago his site hinted that when Morphy played his famous game at the opera in Paris
1858 the opera being performed may have been Norma by Bellini. So I went and bought it...

King Hunts and Knight Forks

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A King being chased across the 64 squares with a player shooting at it’s
feet still, after all these years, brings out in me a primitive joy of chess.

So when recently a Grandmaster sent another Grandmaster’s King for a walk I just
had to share it with you lot and use it as an excuse to show some of your King Hunts. ...

Chess Shenanigans

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This is what he looks like. (picture from

The candidates to find a worthy challenger to Carlsen will be held i...

The Chess Suicide Snare

I’d lost my g1 Knight, but it had been on holiday and has just come back.

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In the recent World Cup one of the rapid tie-break games between Teimour Radjabov
and Ding Liren, the Chinese player set a wee trap before resigning. In GM parlance this
is known as a joke move, but it would have been no joke if Radjabov had fallen for it...

The Once in a Lifetime Chess Combination.

My life is complete. I now have a Doctor Who Chess Set.

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Normally I shun these gimmick, historic or decorative chess sets.
I’m a Staunton design man, I think most of us chess players are.

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Pal Benko (1928 - 2019)

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Pal Benko 1928 - 2019.

Sadly another great player and personality has passed away. Pal Benko.
Mention the name and three things come to mind, the opening that bears
his name, his role in Fischer getting to the 1972 World final v Spassky
and his problem page that ran for many years in Chess Life and Review...

Ding Pins and Wins and a Chess Joke

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The thread accompanying this blog is 182385

1... Ng5 2. Rg3 Ke5 3. Rc3 Ne4 4. Rh3
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Atomick's Pet Chess Trap!

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Me and the duck losing at chess (it was The Duck’s Fault!)
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Last week we set the task place 18 Queens (nine of each colour)
on a chessboard without any of the Queens attacking each other.

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That is the solution but some lad over at let’s call him ‘Smart Alec....

The 18 Queens Chess Problem.

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I think it was in it was definitely 1976 when....come
to think of it I’m positive it was 1977..,perhaps.. and I’m sitting
there playing over a game from Chernev’s 1,000 - short games.
(I have that bit right) when Ian was Johnny who...

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Game Changer - Chess Book Review

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I’m not a good chess player, infact on my recent 68th birthday
they arranged the candles on my cake in the shape of an ‘?’

This is me when computers and chess crop up.


Chess Comic + What Happened Next?

I picked up this magazine a few weeks ago.

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It’s a common theme. A black guy is having a tough time
growing up in his ‘hood’ and is straying towards a criminal
career. But he learns Chess and the game keeps him straight.

It’s good and the artwork is excellent but of course.....

A Brief Summary of Volunteer Instruction

In my absence, one of the things I’ve been working is my high school’s service-learning project; or, more correctly, I’ve been working on an essay I’ve done in place of my high school’s service learning requirement this year. It comprises my thoughts on the continuation of a program at my school in which volunteers taught chess to underprivileged children, and the optimal methods of its implementation. In particular, it explains the most important topics to teach beginning chess players, and how they might be conveyed to a group of students. I thought this might be interesting to read, given the topic; as always, I welcome any comments, which I reiterate here as it’s a topic with potential impact if I’m missing something obvious.

Without further ado, below follows the reforma...

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Norwegian Chess Rules

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World Champion Magnus Carlsen recently won a Norwegian Chess tournament
where they tried an anti-draw experiment in an effort to try and jazz things up.

The winner in normal play (referred to as classical play) was awarded 2pts.
If this game was drawn then both players received ½ point. They then played
an Armageddon Game for the remaining 1 point. The Armageddon rules were...

H.M.S. Red Hot Pawn

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Captain Greenpawn and his Red Hot Pawn Crew.

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Jump aboard and throw the compass out a porthole, we go where the tide takes us.
Look at this piece of treasure buried deep within the vaults of the RHP database. ...

Chess at Lindores Abbey

I visited Lindores Abbey for the Chess All Stars.

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Had a front row seat watching Carlsen, Anand, Ding Liren and Karjakin.


another pic of Carlsen playing Ding (it was a draw....

Chess Traps Nobody Wants To Play

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First you have go through these two RHP games.
danrose84 - Benjamin Barker RHP 2018

26. Bh3+ Kb8 {First White chased the King to b8.} 27. cxd4 Nc4 28. Rxb3 {Now White opens the a-file.} 28... axb3 29. Bg2 {White crosses his fingers and waits...} 29... b2 {The wait is over. Black could have played Qa3 here.} 30. Qa8# {That is an a1-a8 checkmate.} ...

The Chess Pub Trap, Study and Problem

There is a pub ‘The Pawn Lounge’ in Alexandria near Dumbarton, Scotland
that has a smashing chess mural painted on the outside. Recently I went there.

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I just had to have a picture of me leaning against that painted pawn.

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Win The World Chess Championship

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Some of the penalty square instructions.
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USA Chess Championships + Sam Loyd

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Caruana in relaxed mode leaning against a White King!

Caruana, Nakamura, Wes So and Sam Shankland are all playing in the USA
Championship which will probably have started by the time you are reading this.

From amongst this group, which I will call the Big Four, who will win?...

Boxing and Blitz

Hello readers of the Junction,

Today we’ll be following up on last week’s dissertation with a dissection of the actual chess games from several relatively high-profile chessboxing matches (i.e. the ones which were filmed online with a board.) First up is coverage of the most recent tournament I have video of from the London Chessboxing page: the International Chessboxing Brexit Belt.


Ville “Jukola” Makinen – Guy Cohen, International Chessboxing Brexit Belt 2017 ...

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