A charming purchase for 20p. printed in 1863.
In the section on Knights and Bishops the author comments:
"It will have been observed by those who have noticed Mr Murphy's
style of play, that he generally confines his attack to one
side of the board. "
He then shows one how to do the Knights tour. I not too sure
if this is beneficial to the beginner but you can be
sure if the learner does the tour he won't have trouble
with how the Knight moves in the future.
"The trick is to start from the top right hand corner
and pass completely over the board in a series of jumps,
by which the outer squares are first filled."
Mr G. F. Pardon also states...
"The Bishop is generally considered as of rather more value than
the Knight; but towards the end of the game the Knight is a very
He then scores the Knight as being worth 3 and sometimes 4 pawns.
It's official folks. Knights are better than Bishops. Morphy was one-sided.
I wonder if Mr Pardon played Mr Watt and they misheard each other.
"I'm Watt. What is it?"
"Pardon me but you are Pardon. What!"
Which brings me on nicely to who...
One good thing about my day trip to Newcastle (see The Hamilton Allegro),
was that I back home in time to see the new Dr. Who.
It was brillo mungo. I thought Billy Piper was great.
I thought she might ham it up but she was OK.
My one gripe is why did they tamper with the original music.
The new one is all trumpets and jazz. I hate jazz.
I think I'll write to them and tell them to drop
that jazzed up crap and bring back the original.
If they want to they can borrow my CD.
I met Sylvester McCoy in Bells a few years back. True.
To my everlasting regret I never took a photograph.
I bought him a pint and we spoke of Dr Who episodes.
At closing time I asked to whip us back a
couple of hours so we could carry on drinking.
He groaned. "I wish I had £1.00 everytime I heard that one."
The Edinburgh Variation
A couple of C.C's ago I suggested that 1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.a3
(an opening I pulled out of the air) should be named
the Edinburgh Variation. This was in response to Eric Schiller
calling 1 e4 c6 2 d4 d5 3 Nd2 Qb6 the Edinburgh Variation.
I was emailed by people saying the 3 a3 in the Vienna already had a name.
It us called the Mengarini Variation after one Ariel Mengarini.
I even found that Schiller himself had played the line
against our very own Dougie Bryson in Hastings 1980.
[Click here to replay the game (it's boring)]
E. Schiller vs. D. Bryson
1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.a3 Nc6 4.Nf3 d5 5.Bb5 d4 6.Ne2 Qd6 7.Ng3 g6 8.d3 Bg7 9.Bd2 0-0 10.Qc1 Bd7 11.0-0 Nd8 12.Bc4 Be6 13.Bxe6 Nxe6 14.Kh1 Nd7 15.Bh6 Qe7 16.Bxg7 Kxg7 17.Qe1 Nf4 18.Ne2 Nxe2 19.Qxe2 a5 20.a4
I really must be more careful when pulling openings out of the air.
OK now I'm left with a dilemma - I have to invent an Edinburgh Variation.
I am playing in the Edinburgh Congress in 5 days time.
I'll invent a opening/variation and play it there.
Now who else have I upset - ah yes The French.
On my piece with 'The Frenchman' I was mailed in a rather jolly
fashion from a lad called Chad. Apparently I had the French
flag round the way.
On the left is the one that is on the site - the wrong one.
Correct is the flag on the right. I'll just leave it as it is.