When I play blindfold chess, the first four or five moves that characterize the opening don’t present too much of a problem, and I am reasonably okay when the game resolves to King and pawn versus King, or King and Rook versus King, but I have to admit, I have to look at the board for the bit in-between. So, I guess my efforts might better be described as peek-a-boo chess.
I used, too many years ago to count, to play in the Birmingham League which had a 40 move time control at which point, a player had the right to adjourn the game and seal a move.
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There are said to be five stages of Loss and Grief: Shock and Denial; Anger; Dialogue and Bargaining; Depression and Detachment; Acceptance. Loss of a loved one aside, nowhere do these apply more than to a game of chess. Continue reading Five Stages of Grief
A film sequence that has always stuck in my mind, as an admirer of both chess Grandmasters and secret agents, is from the Bond movie ’From Russia with love’. Continue reading Win From Nowhere
Not long after I had learned to play chess, in the wake of the 1972 World Championship that immortalized Bobby Fischer not just to the Chess community but to the entire World, I remember going to watch ‘Enter the Dragon’ which brought the equally iconic Bruce Lee to our attention.
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