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Chess Street Signs (part III)


I finally took a trip across town to see the street sign put up in my honour.
(See 448 for more details how this happnened.)

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Then passing ‘my street' just a few days ago I notice it had been nicked!

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An Opening Chess Trap with 2,399 Victims


Recreating famous book covers No. 84 and No.85.

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Greasy Trap

This opening trap has caught 2,399 players on Red Hot Pawn...

Chess in December 1983 (Oh What a Night)

what a night

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. ...

Chess and Mary Queen of Scots


I first heard the rumour in 1971 when a stranger slid up next to me in a
bar and whispered in my ear that there was a chessboard in The Meadows.

The Edinburgh Meadows is where Mary the Queen of Scots played golf.

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Me playing peek-a-boo behind a statue of Mary in Linlithgow....

There was a fight at the Chess Club last night.


There was a fight at the Chess Club last night.

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Big Frank Clark and Mike McGuire were playing and....I’ll show the position.

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Big Frank was White and played g2-g4. Mike then declared ’Stalemate!...

Chess Records and Queen Sacrifices


You have heard of the face that launched a thousand ships...

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...well this is the face that sent them back again.

Magnus has just been caught with an expected Queen sacrifice.
His reaction was pulling that face and “Wow!...Wow!....Wow!”...

Gibraltar! 6.Bg5 and a Chess Rule of Thumb.


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Well it would appear that last week I was totally distracted from
actually looking at White playing 6.Bg5 in the following position.

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And as we got to print I still do not know if this move is covered in... ...

Chess and the Russian Rifle.


I do not actually have a copy of this book. I googled it and nicked the image.

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I am using the cover because it is the only way for me to spell it correctly and I want
to do a blog about a variation in this opening. ( I do not even know if it is in the book.)

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 e5 5. Nb5 d6...

Chess Mug and Mouse Mat


My Edinburgh Chess Club Mug and Mouse Mat has arrived.

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I sent off the picture to E-Bay and within a few days...Yippee!
My tea tastes sweeter and my mouse glides like a hovercraft.

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Playing Chess with the Devil (part 2)


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Many years ago for an experiment I places a mirror behind my chess set.
I’m not too sure why I would wish to do such a thing, but I tell you this.

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I’ll never do it again! ...
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