Readers of this blog might already well know the name of IM-elect Jack Rudd, who more than once has contributed to our comments.
Well, the good news for readers (and probably bad news for our comments) is that Jack's gone and gotten himself his own and brand spanking new chess blog: the North Devon Chess Blog, "about chess in North Devon, particularly at Barnstaple Chess Club".
But his first posts certainly hold interest for those of us further afield, neighbours only electronically. In particular Jack has started a series called 'Opening Concepts', designed to provide the reader with more than a little understanding. The first installment answers the question of why white plays 3.Bb5 after 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 - that is, plays the Spanish; the second is a closer theoretical look at the dangerous Dragon variation of the Sicilian, never out of fashion with club players.
And there's something else to look forward to in upcoming posts: Jack promises to follow the fate in the current chess Olympiad of the team from . . . . Mauritius. You can find out why here, or access the whole blog here.
PS. We've had nerd points, we've had Nostradmus points, we've had disco points - but today couch potato points are on offer for anyone who can say why; three in total.
I was hoping to see former S&B player Abenet Bekele in the Ethiopia side, but he's not in Dresden.
Thanks for the heads-up, Tom. Much appreciated.
As requested, the answer to the couch potato question. I'm afraid it's lyrics again. There are various references to the lyrics of Australian soap opera 'Neighbours' in the post. In retrospect, I think my coffee was spiked with something that day . . .
Tom I've just looked at the lyrics to 'Neighbours' and the only connection I can find is the word 'neighbours' once. What was in that coffee?
Thanks for being more than a little understanding!
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