The former president of the English Chess Federation appears to have made a blunder far greater than any he may have played over the board. Prior to the release of his autobiography, CJ de Mooi made several rather sensational claims (presumably to help sell the thing, possibly because he is suffering from guilt), one being he may have murdered someone whilst in Amsterdam!?

https://www.theguardian.com/world/shortcuts/2015/sep/07/egghead-cj-de-mooi-might-have-killed-somebody

This week he was arrested at Heathrow Airport regarding the aforementioned claim. See here: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-37437498

From what is read he hasn’t yet been charged, it is alleged only that he has committed murder. However more details appear here, http://www.moordatlas.nl/event/2156?backend=0

What is the moral of this story I wonder? If you’ve killed someone, don’t tell anyone? I doubt it, that’s just plain common sense. How about apply to life what chess teaches you, such as think before you act? Well that doesn’t quite work because we aren’t purely rational creatures, I think the moral of the story must be don’t lob junkies into canals after you’ve knocked them out. It’s not terribly British and when being robbed in Amsterdam its awfully impolite not to offer to go dutch -thus pocketing half the dinero!

I wonder what will come of all this… .

Indian relief

Adibhan - Minero Pineda Baku 2016. White to play and win.

Adhiban – Minero Pineda, Baku 2016. White to play and win.

The Bedfordshire county chess team may benefit from extra firepower next season after I was contacted by ‘Big Vern’, about playing on the bottom board. ‘Big Vern’ whose exploits and activities are sometimes the subject of a comic strip in Viz, has recently been spotted in the Ukraine, as is verified here.

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The ‘Vern’ plans to give his ‘shootahs’ a rest and lie-low for a bit, going incognito somewhere quiet like Kempston or Harrold, far away from the murky underworld he usually inhabits. ‘Big Vern’ apparently learnt the game whilst ‘goin’ grey in a chokey (British slang for prison)’ as he put it, and ‘might be available some Sundays’ I am informed.

Harrold: a murky underworld

Harrold: not a murky underworld

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A warm welcome to ‘Big Vern’.

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Rogues Gallery

We have all been told time after time just how great the Soviets were at chess and having read almost every publication translated into English about them, I have more than a few ideas why. The following list shows how dominant the Soviet players were at the Olympiads they played in, but bear in mind for political reasons the Soviets only began participating from the 1950s onwards.

Courtesy of the English Chess Forum here is the list of players who beat a Soviet at the Olympiads.

Barcza
Byrne
Duckstein
Ftacnik
Georgiev
Gligoric
Hubner
Kasimdzhanov
Ljubojevic (twice)
Miles
Nakamura
Padevsky
Penrose
Pfelger
Quinteros
Seirawan (twice)
Smejkal
Topalov
Uhlmann
Unzicker
Vallejo Pons

23 losses in total -scary!

Draughts anyone?

London has a Draughts Cafe apparently but don’t just play draughts there.

Details can be found here http://www.draughtslondon.com/

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