Archive for January 24th, 2015

After failing to return the grand total of 160 pounds, which is a lifetime of chess earnings for the average amateur player, an English chess player has found himself in court.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/law-and-order/11364939/Chess-players-7-year-legal-battle-isnt-black-and-white.html

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In case you thought that Dickens’s victory was something of a fluke, I have found a game where he draws with Jacques Mieses, a leading player of his day.

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Here’s the final position.

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The position after 20…Kg8. Note that it is Mieses going for the draw. If you play through the game you will see that white misses a clear win with 16 Nb5. Better would have been Nxe6 Qxe6 with Qf3, after which the double threat of the pin on the queen and the rook en prise cannot be met (see below).

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What white should have played. Black is lost.

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