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Veteran blogger greenpawn34 takes a look at some of the more interesting games played on the site.
Updated 29 Oct '14
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Archrival's video blog, helping beginners progress their game.
Updated 29 Oct '14
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Posted 30 Oct '14 14:45 | Total Comments 2
Hi Fanakick, I'll answer in the thread. Might kick off a discussion, I have an idea.
Posted 30 Oct '14 14:02 | Total Comments 2
Zwischenzug it is indeed. I think it is used in English chess terminology as well, along with other german terms like Zugzwan...
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Right and corrected. (I was 50% right). Maybe this is why FIDE never had Black Sea and White Sea venues. They would get ...
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The note on the 3rd move of the game M. Carlsen - V. Anand, Linares .2009 should start with "Black cannot take...." instead o...
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@Marinkatomb I will see what I can do, I found it differs from device, the iPad sounded quiet while on the laptop it was loud...
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Happy Halloween from Greenpawn

Romance is in the air, sweet hearts are sending each other flowers and cards.

So to get in the spirit of things I thought I’d look at the romantic Halloween Gambit.
White sacrifices a Knight…wait a minute I’ll do it properly. ...

10/29/14 Blitz Chess

Hey Guys.

I'm doing a Wednesday lesson as today is my only day off this week from work as I found out on Monday I'm doing a 16 hour shift on Saturday.

I had these videos prepared just for such an occasion, I explained a little about Blitz chess and time pressure.

You really can not explain it to someone who doesn't know what it is like with out them having them go through it them self. ...

10/26/14 Sunday Video Time Pressure

We feel different forms of pressure of time, however none of them is anything like it is with Chess. I explained before that Nigel Short was under time pressure and that was why he missed his moves. I was messaged and I was asked "How does time pressure have any effect on you during chess, you either make the move or you don't?"

Now I could try to explain it to you however you just would not understand until you get a sense of it for your self.


Anyone watching this I urge you to try a Blitz game, No seconds added per move and play for 4 or 2 minutes if you are not used to it. ...

10/24 - 25 /14 Friday/Saturday Lesson Sicilion Najdorf


I explained briefly last time about the Sicilion opening. Today and Saturdays lesson.

I go into further lengths into the Grand Master Gary Kasparov's Patterned opening the Najdorf variation.

Game 10 of their series was my favorite when I watched them back in 1993. I walk through the game with you I did mess up at the end a little but I'm sure you can understand and picture me now at 32 trying to read my writing when i was 11 ...

10/12/14 Daily Games


Todays games is here,
this will be the last of the daily games I will be posting here for a while. However they will continue to be posted on Youtube, if you would like to see them continue to be on here. Let me know, feedback is welcomed.

The Weekend blogs/or when I have off from work will still continue to be done here.

The entire process of the Daily games is designed to show/ Beginners how chess players think...

Carlsen v Anand 2014 + (Archangel Gabriel)

The World Chess Championship between Magnus ‘Maggie’ Carlsen and
Viswanathan ‘Vishy’ Anand starts on the 5th of November 2014 in Sochi.

I’ve placed £5.00 on Vishy and if he wins I get back a whopping £18.74
Maggie is 1-4 odds on. If I bet £5.00 on him it will return a healthy £6.25. ...

10/21/14 Daily Games


Added: After I had completed and uploaded the video the time out option appeared for one of my games. I waited an hour then claimed the win. Sorry it was not on Camera I didn't think it was making an entire new video for just one time out.


10/20/14 Daily Games


Today's Latest Moves,

10/19/14 Daily Games +Sunday Lesson +DG part 2


Another Checkmate : Here is a perfect example of the rule It takes 3 pieces to capture a running king. my 2 knights and my Queen, of cause it did help that Black decided to come towards me.


10/18/14 Daily Games + Saturday Lesson + A look back

Coming up today in the Daily Game update. A checkmate! one of the games ended in Checkmate which you can view below until the videos are posted. There may be another two parter for todays daily game.



10/17/14 Daily Games


Here is the update for 10/17/14 Games

Archrival's Chess Corner introduction


Welcome to my new blog here on Redhotpawn,

My aim of the channel and the blog is to help players progress their game. I have notice a lot of guides for the beginners and people just starting to learn the pieces to the other extreme with lessons on the game by Grand Masters.

Although these lessons are great, I have found there is a gap in the middle that really does not help beginners how to get up to that stage. ...

Red Hot Pawn and the Tennis Blunder Ball

I’ve been pondering this problem since I was set it by a work colleague.

No it’s not a chess problem. It’s a riddle type of problem with a chess theme,
the kind you get from annoying people whose face you just want to smash in.

This guy (let’s call him Albert Smith) hates chess books on endings. ...

Lessons from the Good Guys RHP Players Ignore

Been chuckling at this for the past couple of days. It’s from Tim Krabbe in 2001.

Here he was Black playing on the ICC server with White to move.

2r5/6Pk/7P/5R1K/8/8/8/8 w - - 0 1
White played 1.Rf8 there followed 1…Rxf8

5r2/6Pk/7P/7K/8/8/8/8 w - - 0 ...

A Million Moves on RHP

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I’ve have spent the best part of last week wondering what
Eskimo’s talk about whilst they are sitting about in their igloos.

Surely their language is limited to just a few words or phrases:

“It’s Snowing again.”, “I’m cold.” and “Polar Bear!” ...

The Secret of the Blog + Korchnoi 1965

So how do I go about putting a blog together?

On another site everyone was talking about Fabiano Caruana scoring seven out
of seven in one the strongest chess tournaments ever held, the 2104 Springfield Cup.

The young posters (anyone born after 1972 and all that) were gushing and jumping about
in a state of euphoria not seen since Fischer’s 6-0 match wins over Taimanov and Larsen...

RHP Treasure + No.9

I knew the game existed but I could not get my hands on the score.
I bribed guards, I blackmailed policemen, I greased the palms of politicians.
I frightened nurses and even threatened school children with a Chinese burn.

But none would talk. No one would reveal the secret whereabouts of the game.

Then one day a sad dwarf with a wooden leg and red cotton hat came up...
no title

By WGM Natalia Pogonina
Best FIDE rating: 2508

no title ...

A Blog To See Before You Die

These things are everywhere.
100 Books
Surely it cannot be long till some bunch of Herberts bring out:

The Evans Gambit and......a Smurf

Been on holiday, nowhere exotic. Up north in Scotland. I never go abroad.
Abroad is not Scotland. Nowhere is like Scotland and anyway I was forced to
my surrender my passport a few years ago. (that’s another story for another blog).

I went on a boat and saw dolphins and minky whales. These dolphins don’t
half jumped some height in the air when you throw fireworks into the water.

Picked up one of these in a 2nd hand shop by Loch Ness for £1.50....

Ideas Behind the Openings (The RHP Way)


I thought I’d start off by showing you one of Carlsen’s games.

Then I thought, “Why should I, he never shows any of mine.”

So here is this: ...

The Brilliancy Prize

George Hatfield Dingley Gossip (1841 - 1907)

What jury in the free world would not be impressed by such a magnificent name.
When the prosecution call their next witness giving that name in full then you are doomed.

In the 5th round of the 6th USA Chess Congress held in New York in 1889...

A Little Bit of Fischer

A game with Damiano’s Defence appeared in the Chess Forum
and this brought up a question and an interesting moment.

rnbqkbnr/pppp2pp/5p2/4p3/4P3/5N2/PPPP1PPP/RNBQKB1R w KQkq - 0 3
Some opening books claim that 3.Nxe5 is the best move here but if
Black knows what he is doing then White may play himself into trouble...

The Once in a Lifetime Move + Martians!

Book Review No.4

Rare chess books are a speciality of mine. I don’t have any.
However I bet only a few of you have this classic from 1957
written by none other than Richard Ellington (Duke’s elder brother.)

As you can guess from the cover it all about the dangers of leavin...

World Cup RHP Championship + The Maradona Mate

The 2014 World Cup is upon us so why not do a World Cup RHP Championship report?

World Cup 1
The World Cup started off with an own goal so I will kick off with an own goal.

Thaba - ParShooter RHP Ch. 2014 (White to play) ...

RHP Championship - Stats Drastic + The Duffers Attack

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Glad you dropped by. I know most of you dread coming
here to see your lemons exposed to the world but….

(Better re-phrase that bit greenpawn…’exposed lemons’…Russ...

Stats, Blunders and Traps.

RHP Ch 2014

Hi guys. The Red Hot Pawn Championship is in full swing and so are the blunders.

The stats so far: Total games: 5,444,. Games finished. 619. White wins: 329, Black wins, 283 Draws 7. ...

My Move - You Die!

I picked up this for 20p. in a junk shop.

The Eagle
The Eagle comic from October 1982.

Inside is a chess story portrayed using pictures and voice bubbles.

Here it is….(I've left out a dozen pictures but you will get the drift of it....

In Celebration of Giuoco Alfonso Piano

This is him

Man with dog
Giuoco Alfonso Piano, the man who invented the opening we know as the Giuoco Piano.

He was born in the small town of Corroma in Italy and played chess daily with
his friend Bernardo Da Vinci, the brother of Leonardo who dabbled in painting. ...

Red Hot Ants

This is the Big Blue or Common Blue butterfly.


It is now extinct because it laid it’s single egg next to a red ants nest.

Red Ant
A scent from the egg fooled the red ants into thinking this was one of it’s own eggs...