On the 21 February 2015 Red Hot Pawn was 22 Years old. So….
Three things I love more than anything else in the whole wide world.
A good bum on a woman, under promotion with a check and a Quest.
So whilst browsing through the January 1959 edition of Chess Revie...
The club always looked forward to Grimshaw’s spectacular Knight moves.
Usually I end every piece with a game from the RHP vaults of horror.
This week I’ll start with a question about one. ‘What Happened Next?’
Haribo1 - Josh S RHP 2013 (White to play....
Too me, poets are lank haired unemployable shiftless individuals
I fail to see the need for them or how they ever came into being.
Obviously while most of our ancestors were out fighting Mammoths
a few members of the tribe sat around and painted on the cave walls.
These hangers on no doubt evolved into poets, artists and lawyers.
I was playing over the Giri - Ding Liren game from the ongoing 2015 Tata Steel…..
(insert a picture of Amish Giri……………….Russ)
This is Amish Giri on the cover of the April 2009 CHESS when at
14 years and 7 months he became the World’s Youngest Grandmaster...
by A.Gopalaratnam (published 2006)
As beginner’s books go it is OK. Some of the examples of play are very good.
However, there is one piece of advice I have never seen in any beginner’s book.
The author wants you set up the pieces on a table with two chairs. You make the...
January 2014 part 2
I hope everyone enjoy the Holidays and welcome to 2014 part 2 ( 2015 ).
I hope I didn't leave you hanging too much and I hope your minds are eager for more. Since it is the 12th day after Christmas tomorrow officialy trees any and all green must be gone from within the house.
Since we chess players need all the luck we can muster I'll give you a brief second to go run round make sure there is no hidden Holly or pieces of Tree anywhere and get one more kiss under the mistletoe...
Happy Birthday planet Earth you are 2015 today.
(actually it’s a lot older than that…a lot older, but it’s going through a mid life crisis so be kind.)
As is normal with all end of year blogs, columns, chess magazines etc..and etc…
One can fob off the readers with selections of the best of bits of the previous year.
Yippee it’s Christmas and just before I settle down to my Christmas Dinner.
(this year we are having D-U-C-K) I’ll go along with what everyone else does
at Christmas. A Christmas Quiz. No. Don’t go, it’s only three chess puzzles.
Usual fare. I’ll show a puzzle and then an RHP game very similar to the puzzle.
The chess books teach the material value of both pieces Knights and Bishops are the same three (3) pawns. Others will favor one or the other more,
Is this you when a Knight moves?
If you don’t suffer from Hippophobia you most likely one of those people who like Knights your certainly not along.
How to take a defeat.
I wanted to apologize for the long delay since my last post I’ve had recent dental surgery so I won’t be making a video blog this time.
I think the first lesson that anyone needs to learn regardless of what they play is how to lose, you remember the temper tantrums you had when you lost the game?
I mean sure there is a lot of pressure on a game even when playing at age 4 and upwards. Heaven forbid I remember when I placed against a girl. You wouldn’t want to lose against a girl and keep face with your friends. I don’t mean to take anything away from female players it is simply the type of stupid stuff that goes through a young boys mind. What would be worse if the girl was really cute and you liked the girl, Should I lose so she would be happy, if I beat he...
Those of you that followed the court case (it was in all the papers) will
know that Let’s All Get Rich Quick Scheme No.45 was a complete failure.
My idea of making a chess set with the heads of rare and protected birds
saw me paraded through a dozen courts in a dozens different countries.
With my style of an Attacker nature, you don't come across draws too often... Well I don't at any rate and my stats on RHP alone can testify to that.
Games Played 913
Almost a 1000 games played and only 20 draws. Because of my live or die type of game play...
I painted this yesterday. Took me half an hour.
OK I admit it. I never painted it but I think I could have. It looks easy enough.
Anyway, I used that picture of Magnus Carlsen to get this thread about the
Carlsen - Anand World Champions match which has just finished, started...
I am wanting to wish everyone around the world a happy thanks giving.
I hope everyone is staying warm and out of the snow. Remember the Turkey will make you fall asleep so avoid major decisions after eating.
You may lose your queen on the chess board.
Recently I Challenged my self I challenged a player that was insanely higher than my self. Like a Thousand (1000) point difference.
The person's name is Cenerentola currently rated 2204.
My self only 1294. There were other people around him I could of challenged in the Ladder tournament however, I never like backing down from a challenge and I wanted to see if I could handle my self.
I am an attacking player by nature and you should play your normal game, not try to play up to the higher opponent or play something you are not comfortable with or have little knowledge on then otherwise you beat your self...
Christmas is just around the bend so I bought my grand daughter one of these.
Of course I tried one out and this (page 64):
turned into this.
The best defense is a good offense, a Great defense beats a good offense a Great attack beats a great defense.
When learning the game of chess it really is best when you are trying to improve your game to stick with one opening you know for a while so you can improve your game, the opening is not chess it is just memorization, The real game of chess does not start until the you get 15, 20 moves in when things start to get complicated and you need to have a good working Calculator in your mind.
The Basic chess guides covers the three (3) questions you must ask before you move and after your opponent moves. It is really a simple basic concept that most do not stick to and if you did you wouldn't lose half as many games as you do...
The day war ended
The Last Gentleman's war
With over (9) nine Million dead,
each country involved losing Generations.
Not one Single family in England was spared even mine.
70 Years Since the Operation overlord known as D-day to liberate us.
I will not Forget, We must not Forget. To every single service person from any nation I salute your courage. To the US armed forces I thank you for service, courage and sacrifices....
You have let me down.
OK I know this is the first time but it still counts as a let down.
I boast in the bars, coffee houses and sleazy joints that I hang about in that there is not
an OTB trick these GM types have played that none of my RHP gang have also played.
Witness this as an example of Team RHP not letting me down...
This week my rating would be more accurately described as a child's Yo-yo Keeps hitting the 1300 then gets slapped back down. Here is this weeks round-up of my games since Last Sunday, I included one for a review at the bottom the game is just a friendly so although it is on-going, you can review it. The video blog is coming and will be included soon as it is uploaded
Todays lesson is the one promised last week: To be prepared when attacking.
Part 1: Is Planning.
As said on the video, I'm full of cold so I apologize for the occasional sniff.
I apologize for not doing a Sunday video and the Saturday lesson I will do next week. I work for my local ISP company and they been keeping me busy, keeping everyone's internet working.
So my last post on Friday was about keeping your head in the game. About keeping your emotions in check if anyone masters this please teach me.
These passed few weeks my head been all over the place and it effected my chess...
Firekeeper in the welcome game, I grew over confident and he Capitalized my mistake and made me pay for it. Justly so, he made couple of mistakes here and there which is ok he is just starting here.
This video blog, I admit is going to sound strange and look stranger too, However to me it is the utmost important lesson to mastering chess.
There is books on openings, there is books on middle games, there is books on endings, there is books and videos going over games and mates.
What there isn't is any book or video until now that explains the Emotional side of chess.
Romance is in the air, sweet hearts are sending each other flowers and cards.
So to get in the spirit of things I thought I’d look at the romantic Halloween Gambit.
White sacrifices a Knight…wait a minute I’ll do it properly.
I'm doing a Wednesday lesson as today is my only day off this week from work as I found out on Monday I'm doing a 16 hour shift on Saturday.
I had these videos prepared just for such an occasion, I explained a little about Blitz chess and time pressure.
You really can not explain it to someone who doesn't know what it is like with out them having them go through it them self.
We feel different forms of pressure of time, however none of them is anything like it is with Chess. I explained before that Nigel Short was under time pressure and that was why he missed his moves. I was messaged and I was asked "How does time pressure have any effect on you during chess, you either make the move or you don't?"
Now I could try to explain it to you however you just would not understand until you get a sense of it for your self.
Anyone watching this I urge you to try a Blitz game, No seconds added per move and play for 4 or 2 minutes if you are not used to it.
I explained briefly last time about the Sicilion opening. Today and Saturdays lesson.
I go into further lengths into the Grand Master Gary Kasparov's Patterned opening the Najdorf variation.
Game 10 of their series was my favorite when I watched them back in 1993. I walk through the game with you I did mess up at the end a little but I'm sure you can understand and picture me now at 32 trying to read my writing when i was 11
Todays games is here,
this will be the last of the daily games I will be posting here for a while. However they will continue to be posted on Youtube, if you would like to see them continue to be on here. Let me know, feedback is welcomed.
The Weekend blogs/or when I have off from work will still continue to be done here.
The entire process of the Daily games is designed to show/ Beginners how chess players think...
The World Chess Championship between Magnus ‘Maggie’ Carlsen and
Viswanathan ‘Vishy’ Anand starts on the 5th of November 2014 in Sochi.
I’ve placed £5.00 on Vishy and if he wins I get back a whopping £18.74
Maggie is 1-4 odds on. If I bet £5.00 on him it will return a healthy £6.25.
Added: After I had completed and uploaded the video the time out option appeared for one of my games. I waited an hour then claimed the win. Sorry it was not on Camera I didn't think it was making an entire new video for just one time out.