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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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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. ...
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