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Mary Queen of Scots + Chess is Gay + Poetry

I thought it was about time I mentioned Mary Queen of Scots.

Here is a picture of Mary and her second husband, Lord Darnley,
playing golf in the Edinburgh Meadows in 1465.

See that tavern in the background. It's still there to this day.

(I thought St.Andrews was the home golf?.....Ed)

That's just a line they feed the tourists. In 1465 St.Andrews
was just a few fishing shacks and a ruined old church.

The Meadows is where golf was first played and that's a fact.

Hibs first played Hearts on The Meadows. They attracted such
large crowds the police asked them to play somewhere else.

I was walking through The Meadows the other day and notice
the entrance to the kiddies play pen had Chess pieces on it.

I had a closer look.

Some Skank has written 'Chess is Gay" on the King.

Christmas came early.
(have you asked Santa yet for your copy of Rampant Chess)

Buy Rampant Chess From Here

"It's about time someone wrote a chess book like this.
It's unique, funny, instructive and entertaining."


This was just one of the many emails myself and Keith have received.

Everyone wants another. No. It's unique.

(A Chandler Cornered DVD is in the this space).

Where was I....?
Oh Yeah, Someone sent me this.

I looked it up on the Net and found a very brief review;

".....a work of bad poetry and bad chess."

I read some of the stuff. None of it rhymes.
I always thought that was a prime requisite for good poetry.
It must rhyme.

I'm fed up with these arty-farty types who write poetry that does not rhyme.
A poem that does not rhyme is called a long sentence.

An example from the book.

(Oh No..................Ed)

Here is a verse from a Poem entitled:

Seven Ways To Improve from Awful to Merely Bad

You do need to study an opening system, though,
so that your own game survives past ten moves,
for awful players have frail kings, who sometimes
get chills early on winter evenings.

Nothing rhymes.

Here this is how it should be done.

Many unwanted Christmas presents have dropped into my lap.
But this one takes the biscuit because it is crap.

G.Chandler December 2008

D.Eggleston - K.Arakhamia Grant
An email arrived asking me to post the best game of the Edinburgh 2008 Congress.
I checked. I mention it but I do not give it. Here it is.

[Click here to replay the game]
D.Eggleston - K.Arakhamia Grant

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.Nc3 d6 6.g4 a6 7.Be3 Nge7 8.Nb3 b5 9.f4 Bb7 10.Qd2 Na5 11.Nxa5 Qxa5 12.Qf2 Qc7 13.Bg2 Rc8 14.0-0-0 Nc6 15.e5 dxe5 16.Bb6 Qe7 17.Ne4 Nb4 18.Nd6+ Qxd6 19.Bxb7 Rxc2+ 20.Qxc2 Nxc2 21.Rxd6 Bxd6 22.fxe5 Bxe5 23.Kxc2 0-0 24.Rd1 g5 25.Rd8 f5 26.gxf5 exf5 27.Bxa6 Bxh2 28.Bxb5 Rxd8 29.Bxd8 g4 30.Bd7 g3 31.Bc6

A fine win by David Eggleston.

I played this blitz game on the net the other day.
I posted it on the RHP site and some Ned claimed I stole most
of the moves from Morphy and gave it 5 out of 10.
(turns out it was the same Ned that sent me that book of chess poems).

I've no idea what Morphy game he is talking about.

[Click here to replay the game]
G.Chandler - nechay

1. e2-e4 e7-e5 2. Ng1-f3 d7-d6 3. d2-d4 Bc8-g4 4. d4xe5 Bg4xf3 5. Qd1xf3 d6xe5 6. Bf1-c4 Qd8-f6 7. Qf3-b3 b7-b6 8. Nb1-c3 c7-c6 9. Bc1-e3 b6-b5 10. Nc3xb5 c6xb5 11. Bc4xb5 Nb8-d7 12. O-O-O Bf8-d6 13. Bb5xd7 Ke8xd7 14. Qb3-b7 Kd7-e6 15. Rd1xd6 Ke6xd6 16. Rh1-d1 Kd6-e6 17. Qb7-d7

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