Sunday, December 21, 2008

Grass Arena V

J Healy V M Lia, Barbican Open - 1980.

White (to move) is a piece down and threatened with exchange of queens. If White moves his queen away, then his knight his doubly attacked by Black's queen and bishop. How, in this seemingly desperate situation, did White turn the tables?

More by luck than judgement the last Sunday before Christmas finds us at a series end. Today we have our final puzzle from This one, like all the others, started life as Leonard Barden's Evening Standard chess column.

So no more chess puzzles but I'm hoping to write a post or two about John Healy's life and chess career in the new year so if anybody has any information about the man himself please do get in touch.

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Anonymous said...

Bit random this one.


Anonymous said...

Would that be the Barbican that opened in 1982?


Anonymous said...

1. Rxb7 looks sound

Because 1...Qxd6; 2. Nf7+ gives Black a good forking; while 1...Qxb7 allows 2. Qd8+ mating

Anonymous said...

Rxb7 is the easy answer.

Maybe not the usual number
of people reading your blog


ejh said...

If it matters, we were about 10% up on the previous Sunday.

Anonymous said...

Yes do tell us which "major" (see the Grass Arena) tournaments Healy won, and which strong (BCF 180+) players Healy beat.

Try not to make it up.

Alu Chin

Anonymous said...

So how about many people look in here per day. Do tell.


Tom Chivers said...

Typically around 200 on weekdays; less on the weekend.

ejh said...

PG: if you scroll down the lefthand column until you find

Detailed, public site stats here

and then click on the little bluey globe thing, you may find everything you need to know and a great deal that you don't.

Martin Smith said...


Martin Smith said...

re John Healy:
I commented on an earlier post about my random encounter with him in a simul he gave in association with Hampstead Chess Club (now defunct) perhaps 15 or so years ago. He fetched up at the Working Men's College (a thriving institution of Life Long Learning in Camden Town, ill-served by its antediluvian title) where I was doing a life class run by the redoubtable George Callaghan, RIP.
In the same class was an amiable giant of an Irishman called Danny, who played a decent game of chess, and painted exquisted portraits of the edifices of Camden and the Euston Road. I never understood from where Danny got his chess, or his art, but he knew John Healy, who dropped by once or twice to play.
The WMC chess club was run by a Mr Benjamin (also RIP) and I believe that his son Martin, now plays for Richmond CC, and it was he who thrashed me earlier this year.
If he reads this, maybe he can shed some light on the whereabouts of John Healy.