The Planet Greenpawn

The Planet Greenpawn

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The Fischer and Sir George Thomas Connection

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I know you come here to escape reality and it’s not too often I dip your toes into
what’s going on out there in the real world but the latest Magnus Carlsen v Hans
Niemann soap opera is rolling on. When and where it will finish nobody knows

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After the walk out in St. Louis Magnus ‘I don’t want my title but you...

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What a crazy past few days in the chess world. Everyone has gone mad.

Magnus Carlsen who stepped down from being world champion has
now walked out of the Sinquefield tournament after 3 rounds and leaving
behind a whole army of experts and idiots all speculating as to the why?

Psychiatrists, artists, businessmen, journalists, soothsayers and...

Zorro reaches 2,500,000 chess moves


In years to come when all the world’s chess historians meet up at the
Royal and Ancient Chess Historians Club on The Strand in London they
will agree that the most important date in chess history is the 1st September.

It was on the 1st of September 1972 that Boris Spassky resigned, by phone, game
21 of the World Championship match and Bobby Fischer became World Champion...

Capablanca Loses 100 Games of Chess

Mad Magazine June 1957.
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And inside we see a mention of Capablanca losing every game in a simul.



Whilst surfing about for that I found some Sci-fi books with chess covers. ...

London v Edinburgh (Game Five) The Crafty Scots.

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I’m not too fact I have no idea at all of what the London Chess
Club badge looked like, if indeed it had one, so I have made that one up.
I’ve also guessed at the year of foundation, it could have been in the 1790’s.

Of course their badge could have looked something like this. ...

The London - Edinburgh Chess Match (game 2)


This year The Edinburgh Chess Club celebrates it’s 200th anniversary..

Rather than go into other details about events planned and ruined (Covid)
I thought here, on my blog thingy, I would just concentrate on the match
that secured the club it’s place in history. (though being the second oldest
chess club in the world that is still running, that too is quite noteworthy...

The Chess Race to 2900

The player formerly known as the world champion has actually done what he
threatened to do and become the player formerly known as the world champion.

Kitchen table philosophy has been rife all over the net as to the why and what not.
The general consensus appears to be he needs a new target to get back his interest in
the game and the world title was just in the way of his real ambition. A rating of 2900! ...

The Bishop and Two Rooks

Greenpawn’s green pawn.

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I Recently rediscovered this mate in three by Eugene B. Cook.

6k1/6b1/6KR/5R2/8/8/8/8 w - - 0 1
I knew (or felt I knew, my memory is playing OAP tricks on me these days) I had...

The Jerome Gambit

This is my yacht, ‘The Jerome Gambit’ (St Jerome is the patron saint of lost causes.)

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I have recently crewed it with little ducks. (see the blog about the Duck getting married.)

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It sails on a regular basis on a large boating pond in Edinburgh...

The Anand Blunder (a chess bloggers dream.)

Every Thursday and Sunday afternoon there is chess in Edinburgh’s
Princes St. Gardens. I go along most days to meet some old buddies
(and I mean old), catch up with the gossip and play a few blitz games.

Last Sunday a bunch of artists turned up to sketch Edinburgh Castle.
(I have since invented the collective term for artists is a ‘paint pot’.) ...
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