Friday, 31 December 2010


First a happy new year to all chess bloggers.

I have just finished reading a very good chess history book.
The unknown Bobby Fischer by IM's John Donaldsona and Eric Tangborn.
This book covers the early years of Fischer with snipits of information
from players/people who where Fischer friends at that time.
The book moves on to his 1964 Transcontinental tour giving reports and games from his displays.
The book is littered with photos of Bobby and other chess players.
Fischers displays in europe during the 1970's are covered included his last recorded game against
WIM Kathy Forbes who was covering the Fischer V Spassky 1992 return match for CHESS magazine.
The book finishes with some letters he wrote and a story about him in an Argentina chess book store.
Plus a list of books about Bobby and a list of works by Bobby himself.
Reading this book i felt it added to what i think i already know about Bobby Fischer,
it gives a side of a great player not normally seen.

The book is full of quicky games,but i give just 1 from a display in Columbus Ohio
may 18th.His results for this display were +48,=2.-0.

Fischer. v W.Kaufer + 2 consultants.

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Friday, 24 December 2010


First i would like to wish every one a Merry Christmas and a happy new year.
Recently i spent 2 days at the London chess classic tournament,watching the superstars and catching up with a few chess friends as well.
I was their for the first days play,and what a game Luke Mcshane had in beating Magnus Carlsen.
I was lucky to get a few words with Luke after the game,he was very down to earth, which is amazing as he just beat the highest rated player he had ever played.
I also got to talk to Micky Adams and Vladimir Kramnik(i have the photos to prove it).
Micky is a very nice person,and is willing to spend a bit of time talking chess to lower type players.

I also met Viktor Korchnoi who is a legend in chess but very grumpy when he is finished talking to you.

I had a great time watching the GM's and also some of the games in other tournaments.
Link to the London chess classic website click here

Cant wait for next year.

Monday, 6 December 2010


In chess 1 quickly played move can change the whole game.
In this game i am white and the time contol is 20 minutes each.
During the game i did not play well at all,i could not get my thinking
head going.
Then 1 very quickly played move by my opponent Mike changed the game.
His quickly played move was 31....Nf5,when he played this move he still had about 12 minutes on his clock,so being short of time was not the reason.
After the game Mike said he was thinking i would play 31.Qe2 then double my rooks on the h file.
So when i played 31.Qb1+ it sort of took him by surprise a little,and he just moved without thinking. Then it was an up hill struggle as he only has a pawn for the knight.
His passed pawn is not a threat at all.

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