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Monday, March 10, 2014

MARCH 2014

I apologize for not posting last month.

May it never happen again.

And I have dubbed February 2014 ...

The Chess Blog's Lost Month

"So let it be written, so let it be done."

ChessQuotes.com: Strategy

"The tactician must know what to do whenever something needs doing;
the strategist must know what to do when nothing needs doing."
(1887 - 1956)

Chess Cartoon: The Cagle Post - FARES GARABET


The Guardian: Leading Players Target World Cup Qualifying Spots in Armenia  

Read all about it! Grandmasters are scheming to get a qualifying seat for the 2016 World Cup. And the age limit for seniors, which used to be 60, was recently reduced to 50. Hey, maybe I could compete for the senior European title. Yeah, right! :o)  :o)  :o)

Chess puzzle: G von Moellwitz

Checkmate in 3 moves
White's move

January solution: B x g7+

Do you know the (correct) next 3 moves? Click here to submit your answer. The answer to this chess puzzle will be in next month's chess blog. Good luck! Of course, if you get really stumped, read this month's chess article (see above).


NOTE: Prizes will no longer be awarded for the chess puzzle. They will now be awarded for RHCL Chess Club attendance. You must sign-in on the Attendance roster and attend a Monday and/or Friday chess club meeting to be entered for the drawing. The more chess club meetings you attend, the more entries you will have toward winning the monthly prize. The entries for the previous month's attendance will be drawn on the first Friday of the next month. Example: March's attendance roster entries will be drawn on the first Friday in April.













Friday, January 3, 2014

January 2014

ChessQuotes.com - Losing

"Setbacks and losses are both inevitable and essential if you're going to improve and become a good, even great, competitor. The ART is in avoiding catastrophic losses in key battles."
born 13 Apr 1963

Chess Cartoon

How can I play chess against you
if you keep on taking my pieces away?

Chess Joke

"So I was having dinner with Garry Kasporov - Problem was, we had a checkered tablecloth and it took him two hours to pass the salt!" 


New York Times, Chess: 

When I was around 7 years old, I began to play chess with my father. I don't know (after reading this article) I have to wonder. If I had known about chess tournaments, would I have been more interested in this wonderful game? These students began playing chess really young, too! Read all about it! Still a Senior in High School, and a Five-Time Champion.

Garry Kasparov, Russian Chessplayer

Kasparov vs Zakharov, Moscow, 1981

Do you know the next (correct) move? Click here to submit your answer. Library patrons who submit the correct answer to this chess puzzle will be entered in a February 7, 2014 drawing. Good luck!

December solution: h5+











Monday, December 2, 2013

December 2013

ChessQuotes.com - Pawns

"A pawn, when separated from his fellows, will seldom or never make a fortune."


Chess with Humor

Second Game: "Another Brick in the Wall"

New York Times, Chess:

Magnus Carlsen, a 22 year old Norwegian, is only the second player from the West to become the world chess champion since World War II ... and the first since Bobby Fischer. Read all about it! Norwegian, 22, Takes World Chess Title.

WTharvey.com: 101 Great Chess Upsets of 2012

Nana Dzagnidze vs Gulnar Mammadova, Gaziantep, 3/2/2012
Black Mates in 2

Do you know the next (correct) move? Click here to submit your answer. Library patrons who submit the correct answer to this chess puzzle will be entered in a January 3, 2014 drawing. Good luck!

November solution: Be6+




Saturday, November 9, 2013

November 2013

World Chess Championship

7 - 28 November, 2013

Chess Quotes.com: Humour

"Nowadays tournaments are for nurseries. Look at those kiddies."
(pointing to Fischer, Spassky, and Larsen in 1966)

Najdord en la posguerra
Miguel Najdorf (1910 - 1997)

Chess Cartoon from JoyReactor


Personal note: Knight's movements look somewhat peevish. (See July's cartoon)

New York Times, Chess:

Maybe you knew this little bit of information, but I didn't. The reigning world champion and the world's top-ranked chess player sit down at a chess board on November 9, 2013 for the world championship title.  Read all about it!  Looking to Norwegian, 22, to Revive Image of Chess


WTharvey.com: 101 Great Chess Upsets of 2012

Vladimir Fedoseev vs Tomi Nyback, 1/8/2012
White Mates in 2

Do you know the next (correct) move? Click here to submit your answer. Library patrons who submit the correct answer to this chess puzzle will be entered in a November 29 drawing. Good luck!

October solution: Bh3+


Wednesday, October 2, 2013

October 2013

ChessQuotes.com: Sacrifices

To avoid losing a piece, many a person has lost the game.


Chess Cartoon


New York Times, Chess

Analyzing the Moves of a King, Gary Kasparov Faces Deep Blue in "The Machine". This is a theater review of a new play by Matt Charman which opened on September 4, 2013. It is the latest in a string of popular British-born productions and will be coming to New York City.

Danny Raznikov vs Zdenko Kozul, Skopje, 3/13/2013
Black mates in 2

Do you know the next (correct) move? Click here to submit your answer. Library patrons who submit the correct answer to the chess puzzle will be entered in a November 1st drawing. Good luck!

September solution: Bd3








Monday, September 2, 2013

September 2013


ChessQuotes.com

Even the best grandmasters in the world have had to work hard to acquire the technique of rook endings.

Carmen's Fun Painty Time

New York Times, Chess:
"It has been a summer of triumphs for America’s best young players: three have become grandmasters, three have become international masters, and several more have earned one of the three norms — a measure of performance — needed to claim those titles."


Capablanca vs Nicolas Rossolima, Paris, 1938

Do you know the next (correct) move? Click here to submit your answer. Library patrons who submit the correct answer to the chess puzzle will be entered in a September 27th drawing. Good luck!

August solution: Bg6+

Thursday, August 1, 2013

August 2013

ChessQuotes.com
Most chess players know, thanks to the study of master games, that two bishops are stronger than two knights or than bishop and knight, though very few know the reason for this advantage and how to turn it to account.

Cartoon: Chess problem (medium) by Mandor tagged chess,bishop,wc
NOTE: WC = water closet = bathroom

New York Times, Chess:

Refrain for Many Chess Players: Meet Me in St. Louis

Read all about it! Who would have "thunk" it? St. Louis, Missouri: The American Chess Capital! And making his first appearance in the United States, the world's #1 chess player will be going there in September too. (Hint: He plays white in this month's chess puzzle.)

Top FIDE Chessplayers from WTHarvey.com

White Mates in 2
Magnus Carlsen vs Helgi Gretarsson, Rethymnon, Greece 2003

Do you know the next (correct) move?  Click here to submit your answer.  Library patrons who submit the correct answer to the chess puzzle will be entered in an August 30th drawing for one (1) guest pass to Ryan's Family Steak House. Good luck!