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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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red pawns

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.

5qqq/4qqq1/QQQ5/4q3/Q7/6qq/2QQ4/1QQQ4 w - - 0 1
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.....
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    12 Nov '19
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