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Chess in Comic Books and Films

A keen hobby of mine is trying to guess the names of my Comic
Book Heroes or Villains just by looking at the costume they wear.

Usually I get it completely wrong . For instance when I first saw this guy.
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I thought ‘That must be ‘The Housewife Scary Man’. (spiders...get it?) ...

The Revenge of Chess Computers

A prophetic cartoon from CHESS 1946
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“I take a poor view of that ‘mediocre’ remark of yours, Mountbatten.”

The computer was replying to this:
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It appears computers, like elephants, do not forget and we can blam...

The 100 move Chess Maze and The Simpsons

If you have just come out of a 3 month drunken coma then news to
you will be that Magnus Carlsen has appeared on The Simpsons.

I’ll put a link to the chess bit at the bottom of this page.
Meanwhile here are a couple of scenes from the show.

The episode is called: 'The Cad And The Hat' Homer is playing his dad at chess...

Chess Mazes and the Red Pawn Demon

Have you done a Chess Maze yet?

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No? Then Good. I’ll give you the rules..

Only the White piece moves the Black pieces stay rooted on the
spot unless your piece goes to a square where it can be taken...

A Postcard From Capablanca

As you all know I am an avid collector of Postcards.
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Recently I paid £100 for a mixed bundle of 1914-18
postcards from E-Bay. Look what was amongst them.
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and written neatly on the back was...
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Yifan and Gunsberg and The Chess Machine

The Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Tournament is over. Who won? Who cares?

Main stream media jumped all over this event because of five
moves played by Hou Yifan in her round 10 game v Babu Lalith .

Depending on what medium you are getting this information from.
TV or Newspaper, The hapless viewer or reader was not told wh...

Elementary Chess and Chess Predictions

Essential viewing in my house at the moment is:
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I was put on this a few weeks back by a work colleague when
I happened to mention 99% of TV is rubbish and worthless.
It is an opinion I still hold but Elementary is the missing 1%.

I have binged watched through all 4½ episodes and there ha...

Chess Fun With Rules of Thumb.

The answer to the obvious question is....
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...Yes. I bought this book because of the title.

I recently googled the book and discovered the title is
from a poem by Edward FitzGerald. 'Rubáiyát of Khayyám.' ...

A 1937 Blind Date with Boris Spassky

Next time you are on a blind date and you get that moment of awkward
silence, don’t tell her how nice she is, that will probably be a lie. Instead
you can confidently announce that Vanessa Redgrave (an actress) and
Boris Spassky were born on the exact same day. The 30th January 1937.

This is Vanessa in her 1971 role as Mary Queen of Scots.
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New Chess Visualization

Hello everyone–
This is a story all about how my blog got flipped–turned upside down: I have a post, with something I hope will be interesting (I’ve been working on it for a while.) Despite that, though, this will be a quick read as I have been quite busy. (I don’t know how greenpawn does it.)

I have been working to develop a visualization on how different chess players approach the game. To this end, here is an example demonstrating the different play styles of Karjakin and Carlsen.

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(I'm sorry. I've tried, and I can't make it bigger. I know, I know....
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Karjakin - Ivanchuk and Ernie

Happy New Year and the top tip for 2016 is at all times carry a spare
Knight of both colours with you. During the game if White then slip
a Black Knight amongst the captured pieces. Your opponent will look
at the captured pieces, then notice they are a piece down and resign.

Before. ...

2016 RHP Christmas Quiz

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And from me, here I am outside my Christmas Stall
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You get three balls to knock over the cans and if you do you win a
prize. The cans are of course nailed down so nobody wins nothing.
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To get the festivities going we kick off with a chess cartoon...

Chess Computers, Taimanov and T-Shirts

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It all started in Boston in 1967 The first time a computer beat
a human being (one of the fleshy ones) in a tournament game

MacHack IV - Ben Landy, Boston 1967.

We join the game just asMacHack is wrapping it up...

The World Chess Champion 2016. The Winner!

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And the winner scoring 3-1 in the Rapid (25 minutes) games
is Magnus Carlsen who retains his crown for another two years.

So much for the myth that one should avoid chess on your birthday.
Carlsen is 26 today, Karjakin turned 26 on the 12th of January...

Carlsen - Karjakin (Game 12) Exciting Stuff?

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You like that joke. I have another it is 30 moves long.

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Magnus Carlsen - Sergey Karjakin. 2016 World Championship Game 12
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. O-O Nxe4 5. Re1 Nd6 6. Nxe5 Be7 7. Bf1 Nxe5 8. Rxe5 O-O 9. d4 Bf6 10. Re1 Re8 11. Bf4 Rxe1 12. Qxe1 Ne8 13. c3 d5 14. Bd3 g6 15. Na3 c6 16. Nc2 Ng7 17. Qd2 Bf5 18. Bxf5 Nxf5 19. Ne3 Nxe3 20. Qxe3 Qe7 21. Qxe7 Bxe7 22. Re1 Bf8 23. g4 f6 24. Kf1 Kf7 25. h3 Re8 26. Rxe8 Kxe8 27. Ke2 Kd7 28. Kd3 Ke6 29. a4 a6 30. f3 Be7 {Draw Agreed.}...

World Championship Game 11

There are two pieces of advice I want you all to take heed of.

Never take the QNP with the Queen and never walk past a second
hand shop. In the former you will end up regretting it and in the latter
you will never know what it is you are not regretting by not going in.

I walked into a 2nd hand shop the other day and look what I got...

Carlsen - Karjakin (Game 10) - Carlsen Wins

Hello again and first some pictures from our man in New York,
HikaruShindo who has been very snap happy sending us pictures.
A street billboard giving your directions to the match.
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The menu at the Fulton Market, but what is that on the table>
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It's a pile of Chess Magazines...

Karjakin - Carlsen (Game 9)

Hello Again and after all the drama of the previous round some
were predicting a quick draw here to give both players an extra
free day. Karjakin would be OK with that as it takes him a step
closer to the title and Carlsen wanting this game out of the way
so he can take on Karjakin with one of the two White’s he has left.

The players did not read the script and we were treated to another fighting draw...

Carlsen - Karjakin. (Game 8) We Have a Winner

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At last after 7 games we have a result and it’s not the one predicted.

Sergey Karjakin beat Magnus Carlsen with Black, no I shall re-write that bit.
Magnus lost with the White pieces in a game he seemed determined to lose. ...

Karjakin - M. Carlsen (Game 7) Do not blame the messenger.

We have to remember that Karjakin is not there in New York to
entertain us by losing in the style of one of Morphy victims, he
is there to take the Chess Crown away from a better chess player.

So far Karjakin all though this match has been waiting for Carlsen
to do something so he can react. I do not know if this is because he
in awe of Carlsen or feels this is his best chance. (a bit of both?...

The two players on the cover of the May 2011 ‘New in Chess’.
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Six games gone in this twelve game match and it is 0-0 at halftime.
Will either side bring on a sub or will the same two finish the match?

Game 6 follows Game 2 with Karjakin again playing one of the...

Carlsen - Karjakin Game 5 - Still Level

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Game 5 was the fifth draw and again as was the case with the last two,
it is full of interesting moments and ideas. We see for the first time Karjakin
having a poke at Carlsen and Carlsen’s reaction. No Karjakin style defence
for him. He sacs a pawn to get just as many chances as Karjakin has. ...

Karjakin - Carlsen (Game 4) - The Fortress

Hello Again and we continue our coverage of the World Championship.

Another draw but again a game full of ideas and imaginative
defensive technique displayed by the Challenger Karjakin.

It’s a rest tomorrow, the players have earned it after the last two games. ...

Carlsen - Karjakin (game 3) and it is a game.

Yesterday, the 13th of November was a rest day in the World Championship
so I took the opportunity to go to the beautiful wee village of Culross in Fife.
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Nothing has changed building wise since the 1800’s. It’s wonderful.
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A place full of wee nookies, crannies and secret streets to explore...

Karjakin - Carlsen (Game 2)

Hello again and welcome to the 2016 World Chess Championship.

I doubt if we will be hearing from HikaruShindo or TigerTony again.
Apparently the two of them were caught redecorating the front door
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and have got themselves arrested. Their defence that “greenpawn
made us do it.” has also placed me on the wanted list by the FBI...

Carlsen v Karjakin Game One

Hi, Welcome to the 2016 World Chess Championship coverage.
Fellow RHP blogger HikaruShindo (our man in New York ) has sent
us some pictures so we can get a flavour of where they are paying.

The event is being held in the Fulton Fish Market
So you go to New York, look for one of these.....
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Carlsen v Karjakin The Prediction.

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These two chess players will face each other at the Fulton Fish Market
in New York on the 11th to the 30th of November for the World Title.

(anybody from here going I need a few inside men for pictures etc...)

So who will win? Good question. I’ve no idea so I consulted a mystic...

Chess Beans and Paul Morphy

This advert appeared in the ‘Mainly About People’ magazine Oct 5th 1903.
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The highlighted bite reads....
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and the advert is for...
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So ignoring the expense and without delay I soon obtained.....

Chess Rythm and Blues

“Good for you Greenpawn, is this going to be about Chess Records
and their worthy place in the history of Rhythm and Blues music?”

You mean like this.
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The 2016 Chess Olympiad (the blunders)

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Unless you have been living in a cave then you will know
that America won the 2016 Chess Olympiad held in Baku.

(Baku is in one them countries I cannot spell - sounds like ‘has a bad banjo’ )

Are we going to look at all the games from the top players.
No, of course not, because I, the Vulture of Hindsight a...


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