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Dundee + Cool Chess + Anecdotes

I went to Dundee to see the good ship, ‘Discovery’.

Nelson lost a leg on this ship when he won the battle of Waterloo.

A few days after the battle the ship was I think sold to Captain Scott.
Captain Scott
He was a famous engineer……(he built the Flying Scotsman...

Fischer Spassky Game 6 (The RHP Way)

The cover of the June 1972 ‘Chess Life & Review’ published a few
months before the Fischer - Spassky match. Brezhnev and Kosygin
are asking Spassky, who has a pile of books for defences v 1.e4 what
he will do if Bobby does not play 1.e4. A prophetic magazine cover. ...

The CANdidates Tournament

As Caruana and Nakamura have freshly qualified for the Candidates tournament along with last year’s challenger, Anand, let’s take a look at a brilliant game each.


Tibor Fogarasi–Fabiano Caruana Budapest 2007
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 a6 5. Nc3 Qc7 {Black, having neglected development to take away squares from the White knights, can safely put the queen here.} 6. Bd3 {White puts the bishop on an active diagonal and overprotects e4.} Nf6
7. O-O Bc5 8. Nb3 {The knight retreats to gain a tempo on the bishop and assist a possible f5-push.} Ba7 {The bishop moves to avoid capture.} 9. Kh1 {To get off the a7-g1 diagonal, and so prepare f2-f4.} Nc6 10. Bg5 h5 {Black begins the attack.} 11. Bxf6 gxf6
12. f4 {Gaining a hand in the center.} d6 13. Be2 Bd7 {! Sacrificin...
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Oddities and Development

First of all, I apologize for not putting up a post in a long time. A month. I’ve been really busy, and I’ll post more often now.

We go to a few of the stranger positions I have recently had. (sorry if this seems a tad egotistical)

golddog2-HikaruShindo RHP 2015
2k5/p4p2/2p2p2/2p3p1/5p2/1K5P/3r2P1/8 w - - 0 34

Here golddog2 sportingly resigned. However, I was hoping for a chance to round up the h- and g-pawns. Black would then have seven (!) passed pawns, along with a strikingly bad pawn structure...
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Don't Think Ahead in Chess.

"When you don't know what to play, wait for an idea to come into your opponent's
mind. You may be sure that idea will be wrong." Siegbert Tarrasch 1862 - 1934.

(That is not Tarrasch………..Russ)

I know but all the pictures of Tarrasch are copyright. and I cannot...

LIVE Session : Middle game: I have no plan! Finished


The live chat is on youtube

I hope you enjoyed this video lesson blog

the article by Natalia Pogonina from 201...

A Fantastic Philidor Legacy

That is me standing outside John Cochrane’s Edinburgh house on George Square.

The headline from the newspaper I am holding.

In 20 years from now when you go into Joe’s Dinner and ask where
were you when greenpawn printed that famous Red Hot Pawn game...
no title

Tokyo (HEROZ, Inc.) – HEROZ, Inc. (HEROZ), providing mobile applications with Artificial Intelligence (AI), and Natalia Pogonina (Natalia), who is the Vice Women’s World Chess Champion, have mutually agreed to popularize Chess through a mobile app, “CHESS HEROZ”. From here on, Natalia Pogonina will be the official partner of HEROZ.

Natalia is a chess grandmaster and one of the best female chess players in the world. Since 2004 she has been a member of Team Russia and is the reigning Olympic Women's Chess Champion.

AI x mobile as the key concept, HEROZ takes on the challenge in the world stage, providing mobile applications with AI function such as Shogi Wars (Japanese Chess app) and other new apps in various fields. CHESS HEROZ is one new app released in 2014 with the ...


...and the Case of The Dualing Knights

A long time ago, I was discovering the world of chess problems. A friend of mine, Lior, presented an intriguing idea. White, armed with a mere pawn, forces a win against a complete Black army. Naturally, this Black army would be tripping over itself a bit, while the pawn raced away to promote.

I had read enough about problems to hear of the stricture,Duals are considered a flaw in a problem's solution, and should be avoided if possible.A 'dual' is simply an alternative line that reaches the same goal, as in the following crude example.

LIVE lesson: Middle game : Tactical review - [ended]


Middle Game: How to examine the Crime Scene.


Game being reviewed:
popeyethesailor (1545) vs Archrival (1326)
event 2015 April Hardcore Grand I 1300-1400

If you would like to follow with the game being reviewed the PGN is below. ...

365 puzzles + A 125 year old Trap + Mike Lomax.

Picked this up £5.00 at the Edinburgh Congress.

Good Book and no I’m not going to repeat a format I used recently by
showing some positions from the book and then some RHP examples.

I can’t! Joe Gallagher shows a very good trick he actually walked into and...


Today, American Civil War generals do battle. Lee versus Grant! Curiously enough, there are three players in the United States Chess Federation Database named…Grant Lee! (

versus ...
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Middle game : Box Vision : How to beat it

Box Vision
Box vision1

My next guide for the middle game covers something that is something of a epidemic among chess players. The Illness I call it , is Box vision. You see the chess board is made out of 64 squares a square shape so that means you can divided that box by 4 to make 4 smaller boxes so they are 4 by 4 squares. This makes it easier for people to handle in their minds eyes. ...

Chess: Diversion

This picture I drew when I was younger from my favorite chess book at the time. A chess pawn looking at a sign post.


The next phase of the training is to start covering the middle game. There really is no point covering the end game tactics if your middle game is so bad you do not make it ten (10) moves without falling apart. ...

Aces and Eights + Four in the Hand

After the failure to find a chess player in the Hungarian pack (see last week’s blog)
I found myself at the Edinburgh Congress bookstall buying another pack of cards.
Playing Cards
This pack of 52 cards depicts the first few moves of 52 openings.

What I now need is a famous hand of cards to show you what some of the...
The final part of the series! C. H. O’D. Alexander played Alekhine four times. Alekhine was better, of world champion status, but Alexander managed to draw twice! In my opinion the more instructive of these draws is as follows:

Alexander Alekhine–Conel Hugh O'Donel Alexander Hastings 1933/34
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 {The somewhat drawish Petroff.} 3. d4 {An interesting and slightly livelier way to play this than 3. Nxe5} Nxe4 4. Bd3 d5 5. Nxe5 Bd6 {However, we return to the mirror.} 6. O-O O-O 7. c4 Nc6 {This make some sense. Black will comfortably regain the pawn after 8…Nxd4.} 8. cxd5 Nxd4 9. Bxe4 Bxe5 10. f4 Bf6 11. Nc3 Bf5 {More pieces come off. Black induces a slightly favorable trade of the bishops while developing.}
12. Qd3 Bxe4 13. Nxe4 Qxd5 14. Nxf6+ gxf6 {Alexander accepts the...
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The new RHP UI is about to arrive, and may well be in place by the time you read this. The purpose of this update has been discussed elsewhere (Far better mobile/tablet support - try it!). The aim of this post is to help you familiarize yourself with what has moved where.

New UI

The new UI has evolved from the previous design, so most things are located exactly where they were before, with the one exception of the "My" menus. These now live off a new menu, accessed by clicking your avatar icon in the top right of the page.

Infrequently accessed pages, such as "my settings", now live one click deeper, but plenty of shortcuts still exists, such as on the "my home" page. ...

The Power of the Force


Continuing onto the next logical step when something goes wrong such as losing a strong piece like our queen. We need to adjust our game style and plan. If your opponent has an advantage it is no good trying to force your way like bull in a china shop.

There is a difference between forcing the win and forcing the path the game runs through. A Weaker player will try to force the situation on you. This is something I am guilty of too where I press on the gas too much and end up doing more harm to my self.

Enjoy the latest blog video. ...

A Complicated Mate in Four

First blog. I'm supposed to say a bunch of stuff, but I can't think of a damn thing. So I'm just going to post a problem for solving.

White to move and mate in 4 moves.

If you can correctly list white's threat and all of black's defenses, you are a very thorough solver!

C. H. O'D pt. 2–Smoking Botvinnik+Pipes–Bletchley Park

This section thanks to moonbus, who pm’ed me with the moves and pictures of a chess set he owns that was used by A. L. Moir in a simul against C. H. O’D Alexander. Thanks, moonbus!

THe pieces touched by two British champions!

The knight and rook can be identified as the kingside K and R for notation purposes

C. H. O’D Alexander–Rev. A. L. Moir 1953 Simultaneous ...
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Nezhmetdinov and the Hungarians

I picked up this in a book shop, it was sealed.

Pictured playing cards dedicated to famous Hungarians.

I know seven famous Hungarians, six of them are chess players.

Portisch, Adorjan (I’ve played him…..I lost), Breyer, Reti Sax and...

Coping with a sudden loss of a loved one (The Q)

Title hereSo you are playing with your queen and before you know it she gets captured by a blood sucking vampire. Are you going to lose your cool and have to be restrained from doing something rash?

When playing chess there is no one else there that will do this for you. This is a shame to be honest because most players fall victim to their own emotions before they fall victim to their opponent. So this means you have no one else you can rely on other than yourself. No one loses their queen intentionally unless it is planned this, it can happen because we have overlooked something. The other way is we get too confident and over extend on our attack and end up getting the Queen stuck or trapped and the final way is by an attack from our opponent that has paid off and ended...

The power of the Queen

The Queen,

rT9VQxaGKI0 ...

Live video Blog Session


C.H.O'D. pt.1: Blunders–Bletchley Park

Alan Turing wrote the algorithm for Turochamp, but wasn’t a particularly prolific player in his own right. One of his colleagues–C.H.O’D. Alexander–was. He is a particularly undervalued player today–although some claim he had Grandmaster potential, his peak years overlapped with World War Two, when he was needed for codebreaking and the opportunities for international play were limited. His best tournament was Hastings 1953/54, where he tied David Bronstein for first, beating Bronstein and Tulosh (a Soviet grandmaster). Also in 1954(Albeit not in the same tournament), he produced this entertaining miniature against Milev (the 1952 champion of Bulgaria.)

Conel Hugh O’Donel Alexander–Zdravko Milev 1954
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 {All standard so far.} 6.Bd3 e5 7.Nd...
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The Knight's Triangle + The Immortal Perpetual

The theme of the week is Knights and the things they do.
That’s me in a shadow of a Knight leaning against a Rook.
red pawns
Now I know that you know that I know that you know you that you cannot
Checkmate a King with a Knight and Bishop if it is in the ‘wrong corner’. ...

Alan Turing–Bletchley Park

Ads for The Imitation Game were everywhere, inspiring this post, during the weeks preceding its release. However, this Alan Turing-centric movie leaves out, for the masses, one important thing: the chess. Alan Turing, according to, wrote a chess program:

“…working with his former undergraduate colleague, D.G. Champernowne, Turing began writing a chess playing algorithm. In 1952, lacking a computer powerful enough to execute the program, Turing played a game against Alick Glennie, in which he simulated the computer, taking about 30 minutes per move. The program lost that game, although it is reported that it scored a victory against Champernowne's wife.”

Although the computer would not function due to the lack of processing power, Turing used a paper and pencil to c...
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Three Puzzles


Three puzzles: The hidden part shows what the side to play looks for, then the solution.

HikaruShindo-eagleswing RHP 2015
White to play
1r2Rb1r/ppkb2pp/2pp4/6BQ/8/3B4/PPP2PPP/6K1 w - - 0 1 ...
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Hi Guys.

Once a week or two I will put up something which I deem (and I hope you do too) interesting, instructive, and/or inspiring.

Send me things you’d like to hear about, games, or feedback.

(Hopefully) Enjoy!
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    Five Years. Good Grief. According to my reckoning I'm about to post my 188th. I'll see how I and you lot feel after 200. Do y...
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    Who is the strongest? Before the last game of Norway Chess, I would probably favour Anand of the three - but only slightly.

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