I keep getting asked so..
Above is a map of all the 2nd hand joints in Edinburgh.
It is here I pick up all the 2nd hand chess books I
keep going on about.
There is also a whole string of shops in Leith.
One day in a Leith shop I picked up no fewer than
23 books for 25p each! I had to get a taxi home.
Everything I have is second hand.
I am typing this on a super-duper 2nd hand computer (£40.00 inc. monitor).
I am wearing 2nd hand clothes (except for pants and socks).
I'm sitting on a swivel chair I pulled from a skip.
I am drinking a cup of tea from a chess mug (car boot sale).
After this I will be watching chess dvd's bought last sunday
at New Street car booty. Mint condition £2.00 each.
I thrive on 2nd hand goods.
My wife was married before, the kids are adopted and I'm
being kept alive by a newly transplanted heart.
(the previous owner must have been a Caro Khan player,
I get excited when I hear the theme tune to 'Songs of Praise.')
The above picture was taken from the living display held
at the Demarco Skateraw Project on the 28th October 2005.
The 'bits' were played by pupils from Dunbar Primary School.
For a full report, plus full size pictures visit the Chess Scotland site.
The reason I'm mentioning this is because I love these
things and anything that gets the kids thinking chess should
be encouraged. I was going to go but I was busy failing
another job interview.
Now you must check out the Scottish Kids Chess site.
They have crosswords and a Knights tour game
where I achieved the highest in the whole world.
Go on see if you can beat it.
They also have a hangman.
Now this is just the normal hangman with the person
being hung a King (King Henry VIII).
No I'm not having a dig at them, but it would
be great if the hangman was more 'chessified.'
It would make the site unique!
eg. They are Black in this position (Black to play).
The have 8 guesses at a word.
With every wrong guess they face the embarrassment of
being mated by two lone Knights after promoting to a Queen.
3...h4 4.Nf4 h3 5.Ne6 h2 6.Nd4 h1Q 7.Nb3 mate.
Having fun with a wee bit of learning as well.
It would look something like this.
This will be a piece of cake for anyone with a smattering
of java script knowledge. I would do it but my java script
compiler went when my hard drive pack up.
(that is why I had to get a new computer).
You may well be able to access the original program and
replace the original Hangman 'GIFS' with those I used above.
Or you could add your own positions, make it a mate 8
then 7, then 6 etc. Let your imagination go.
So can one my cleaver friends out there please
take the required 30 minutes out and do it for the kids site.
(...and don't you even think of charging).
I received an email from my mate Rick Kennedy (USA).
Recently completed an email game with a chess friend in Ireland,
Rory Nolan. I had the white pieces, played the Sicilian Wing Gambit
and got a game that felt throughout like a balloon slowly losing air...
Sad to think that White gives up a pawn for "compensation," and when
he gets the pawn back the game flattens out?
Ok, I'll admit to some "positional" ideas when I should have been
What do you make of this?
Well Rick in this position you played 10 c4.
10 Qb1 would have put the squeeze on. Note 10...a5 leaves
the Queen unprotected so 11 c3 Nc6 12 Nd6+ wins.
Best after 10 Qb1 is Nc6. When 11 Qb2 looks very good.
and then in this position you played 13 Bb2
Better to rip open the centre with 13 d5.
I can just find nothing but White crushes.
The Knight cannot move because of 14 d6.
When your opponent is under developed always
look for central pawn thrusts to open him up.
Sometimes an under developed opponent will not be
able to deal with even the simplest tactic.
In the ending 32 Kd3 allows Ba6+ with tempo.
32 Kc3 would have given you a good ending.
Here is the complete game.
[Click here to replay the game]
R.Kennedy - R.Nolan
1.e4 c5 2.a3 g6 3.b4 Bg7 4.Nc3 cxb4 5.axb4 e6 6.d4 Nc6 7.Nf3 Qb6 8.Nb5 Nxb4 9.Ba3 Bf8 10.c4 Qa5 11.Nd2 Qd8 12.c5 Nc6 13.Bb2 Nf6 14.e5 Nd5 15.Ne4 Be7 16.Nbd6+ Kf8 17.Qf3 f5 18.exf6 Bxd6 19.Nxd6 Ncb4 20.Bd3 Qxf6 21.Qxf6+ Nxf6 22.Kd2 Ke7 23.Bc3 Nbd5 24.Rhb1 Nxc3 25.Kxc3 Nd5+ 26.Kd2 Rf8 27.f3 b6 28.Be4 bxc5 29.dxc5 a5 30.Bxd5 exd5 31.Re1+ Kf6 32.Kd3 Ba6+ 33.Kd4 Bc4 34.Nxc4 dxc4 35.Kxc4 Rfb8 36.Re2 Rb4+ 37.Kd5 a4 38.Ra3 h5 39.g3 Ra5 40.Re4 Rxe4 41.fxe4 Ke7 42.e5 g5
...and then the decaying Chandler brain cells had one last hurrah!
Rick Kennedy, Sicilian 2 a3? Rick Kennedy, Sicilian a3?.....
Rick had done a review of this
book at Chessville in January 2005!
Here is small clip...
Challenging the Sicilian with 2.a3!? was
originally planned as a book for blitz play,
but, as it developed Bezgodov came to believe that
it could be of use even in strong tournaments:
“…White can really obtain and preserve an opening advantage!”
Well, you’re not alone. When FM Carsten Hansen recently went to
review the book, his first thought was “Has this guy lost his mind?”
Hansen eventually decided that Grandmaster Bezgodov had not...
Rick. Does your Irish friend know you played a BOOK MOVE against him?
Not only a BOOK MOVE but a book you own, a book you reviewed.
Oh dear, talk about taking an unfair advantage... Huh!
And anyway, everyone knows after 1 e4 c5 the best move is 2 h3!!
They did not ask to be born.
Yet they were...
And now they are forgotten, unwanted and in the way.
I am asking every chess player throughout the civilized world
to put their hand in their pocket and please, please, please,
What am I talking about?
Unsold chess books.
CHESS magazine are selling these sad books for £5 each
(five for £20.00, add £1.00 per book for UK postage).
These books did not ask to be published. But they were.
They came into this world all bright eyed and full of expectation.
What sort of chess library home would they be going too?
How often would they get read by an interesting person.
Would they use a book mark or fold down a page?
Now they sit in cardboard boxes gathering dust,
unread, unused and unwanted.
They had no idea that their brightly designed covers
would get wrapped around something as useless as
an opening book.
They thought they were written with love, care and understanding.
Instead they peek inside themselves and discover they have been
cobbled together by a computer and human after a fast buck.
please call and place an order today.
CAll (020) 7388 2404
The phone number is genuine and actually some
of the books are very very good.
All the more reason to rescue them.
Both Alekhine books, In search of the Mona Lisa,
Learn from the Grand Masters, Winning Moves.
There is a good £20 worth. (£25.00 with post).
Both 'It's Your Move books, The King Hunt,
Rubinsteins Chess Masterpieces (though you have to get around
Kmoch's goofy use of the English language - excellent games).
And I've not read them But Hot & Cool Chess by Paul Motwani
are meant to be good. Also anything by Stephan Gerzadowicz is
worth a read. His books are good.
Of course you could play on the charity motif, buy 4 good books
and anything by Schiller. Go on give them a ring and see what's left.
Tel: (020) 7388 2404
Tell them Geoff sent you.