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Plagiarists' Corner

I've just noticed that one of my favourite comedians, Stewart Lee, has a little bit of his website devoted to rip-offs of his work:

On a completely different topic, you might be interested to compare the design of a popular locally produced scorebook:
...to that of a recently issued product from the other side of the country.

The simplest mutual full-point Zugzwangs

Tim came to the club buzzing with these a few weeks ago.

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A Zugzwang (German: forced move) is a chess position where, if it's your turn to move, you lose, and if your opponent has the move, you might be OK.

Here's an example from one of my own games: anything White does loses. We say, White is in Zugzwang.


Black can doodle happily with pawn moves, but any move of a white Pawn or piece loses at least a Pawn. White in fact threw himself on the sword with

Chess: the musical

...coming to the Princess Theatre, Torquay

"Strictly Come Dancing’s Craig Revel Horwood directs an amazing cast in an extraordinary new staging of the classic musical CHESS."

…possibly the ultimate staging of Chess.” The Chronicle

Ancient chessplayers who remember the KK struggles of the late 1970s and early 1980s will find some echoes here.

Lyricist Tim Rice is apparently a chess player, although he seems to have let his grading lapse.

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Least convincing e-mail subject line ever

Subject: Eliminate you mistakes with Colin Crouch
Date: Fri, 28 Jan 2011 19:38:33 +0000
From: ...@everymanchess.com
To: chessnut...


"Happy is the man who can make a living by his hobby!", said GBS, but typically there's not a lot of overlap between my day job in health and education and my pastime of chess.

Then two come along at once :)

My colleague David McGeorge called to my attention to some research about going second, which looked at penalty shoot-outs and the game of chess.

Two from the top and the rest small, please Carol

Penny dropped: it's the Countdown numbers game!

There's a special captain's treat that I save for myself, which is picking the teams for the Peter Rooke Cup. I'm after the best team of 8 players for the matches from the available pool, who together are inside the grading limit of 1120 (formerly 1000).

After some fiddling with a spreadsheet, I managed to hit exactly the limit of 1120 this year, one chap dropped out, then the closest I could get was 1119, which is still pretty good.

Then today our opponents cancelled because of Weather, so I have to start again...

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Winning Chess for Humans


Occasionally, two unconnected bits of the world collide in the space between my ears, which can make me laugh.

I don't know if Nigel Short still refers to Judit Polgar as 'Lassie'.

Been there...

Half Man Half Biscuit - Bad Losers On Yahoo Chess

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Chess Quotes

"When it is so freely asserted that Morphy's style was all genius and inspiration ... Morphy possessed that most profound book knowledge of any master of his time, and never introduced a single novelty, whereas since his day the books have had to study the players...

 We may all learn from Morphy and Anderssen how to conduct a King's side attack, and perhaps I myself may not have learnt enough.

— Wilhelm STEINITZ