by greenpawn34 on Jul 01 2020 10:19 | 11877 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 | 7824 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 | 14645 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 | 11281 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 | 8928 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.
I’d lost my g1 Knight, but it had been on holiday and has just come back.
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...
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...