Monday, September 15, 2014

Ray Could Play XIV: Pretty Good Year

29 ... Rbc8
Jiménez Zirquera - Keene, Camaguey 1974

1974: A pretty good year for Ray and ISEs. We’ve already had his effort against Cardoso from the Olympiad in Nice (RCP XII) and a brace from Cuba (RCP XI; RCP XIII). Here’s a third from Camaguey.

We join the game with Black having played ... Rbc8. Of course this allows Ba6 'winning' one of the rooks for his bishop. It’s the way I blunder material all the time, but RDK, needless to say, had a plan. Interesting that even with the dark-squared bishops off the board he was still looking for ways to give up a rook for a minor piece.

2014 ISE Count: 55
TISE Index

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Chess in Art: chess set for sale

Would you like to own this chess and draughts set table-and-chairs ensemble? Is it even called an ensemble? Why am I asking you this?

Friday, September 12, 2014

Streatham Library Rapidplay 2

The second edition of the Streatham Library Rapidplay, run by Streatham and Brixton Chess Club, will take place on Saturday 20th September. Round one will start at 10.30am. All details on the SLR website here.
SLR 1 gets under way
The format will be similar to last time but there will be a few improvements:

-              You can now enter online and pay through PayPal: go to the How to Enter page.
-              Entry fees are a little higher to cover costs, but will still be good value.
-              Prizes have been increased.           
-              The Open section will use digital clocks: time limit 25 minutes with five-second increments.

And last but not least:

-              The round times have been adjusted to give 45 minutes for lunch so you can get to any one of Streatham's excellent eateries, including a recently shortlisted pizzeria, and our favourite coffee shop.

See you there!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

On using irony on the internet

The trouble is

that some people

don't understand it.

[Note: we were going to run this last week but Dominic Lawson intervened]

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

A Year on the Circuit II

Golders Green Open, August 2014

Black to play
Freddie Hand v JMGB, Golders Green Open (2) August 2014

"How did you win that one?"

In truth you can't win this kind of ending can you? Although you can help your opponent to lose them. Especially if they are down to 1 minute plus increments, as was the case for the young fellow playing White here.

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Dress rehearsal

I wanted to return to this remarkable article1 - or "crazed" might be a better word - by Dominic Lawson partly because it is so remarkable and partly because it's as good a starting-point as any to discuss why it might matter that the nominee for ECF President says things like this. Because it does. And it also matters that his supporters are so unwilling to come to terms with this.

Let me say that if you think it's all right to refer to young women as dressing like prostitutes - an incredibly unpleasant thing to say - then you've lost me already. I'm not addressing people who think you can refer to women like that. Not here. Maybe not anywhere.

The people I'm addressing are those who understand that it's not all right - but don't see why it's relevant to Lawson's proposed role and to the ECF Board choosing him. But I think it is relevant - and manifestly so.

To see what I mean, let's suppose for a moment that the ECF is a serious and properly-run organisation.

Monday, September 08, 2014

Ray Could Play XIII: Quiero Bailar La Salsa

Black to play
Quinones - Keene, Camaguey 1974

Here we go again. We’re back to 1974 again - see last week’s RCP XII -  White has just played 18 Rxe7 and RDK is about to do another ISE.

Just like Caro-Keene - RCP XI - this happened at a tournament in Cuba. Unlike Caro-Keene, though, this ISE actually happened.  If that doesn’t require a Happy Dance, I don’t know what does.

2014 ISE Count: 54
TISE Index