26 Aug 2014

The Duke and I

It was that time again - to play a bit of chess on one of the sites where I sometimes play. In this game I played white. It was a great game, a friendly. My opponent's rating was almost double mine, which was just over 1500. Maybe he just allowed me to have a  bit of fun. lol

9 Feb 2014

Rooks in a row

1.d4 d5 2.Nc3 a6 3.Nxd5 Qxd5 4.Bf4 c6 5.Bxb8 Rxb8 6.Qd2 Bf5 7.Nf3 f6 8.e3 g5 9.Rg1 Rc8 10.h3 c5 11.Bd3 Bxd3 12.Qxd3 b5 13.Qd2 e5 14.dxe5 Qxd2+ 15.Kxd2 Rd8+ 16.Ke2 h5 17.exf6 Nxf6 18.Nxg5 Ke7 19.c3 Bh6 20.Nf3 Rd5 21.Rge1 Ne4 22.Red1 Rhd8 23.Rac1 Bg7 24.a3 a5 25.c4 bxc4 26.Rxc4 Nf6 27.Rxd5 Rxd5 28.b3 Nd7 29.a4 Bf6 30.e4 Rg5 31.Nxg5 Bxg5 32.g3 h4 33.gxh4 Bf6 34.h5 Kd6 35.f4 Bg7 36.f5 Ke5 37.Kf3 Bf8 38.Rc1 Nf6 39.Rd1 Nxe4 40.Rd8 Bd6 41.Re8+ Kxf5 42.Rxe4 Kg5 43.Re6 Bf8 44.Re5+ Kh4 45.Kg2 Bd6 46.Re6 Bf4 47.h6 Kg5 48.h7 Kf5 49.Re8 Be5 50.h8=Q Bxh8 51.Rxh8 Ke4 52.h4 Kd3 53.h5 Kc3 54.h6 Kxb3 55.Rc8 Kxa4 56.Rxc5 Kb4 57.Rc8 a4 58.h7 a3 59.h8=Q a2 60.Qc3+ Kb5 61.Rb8+ 1-0
This is a recent game on chess.com - where I play only friendlies to take my mind off from the daily rush and know I can just relax. I like the rooks in a neat line, ready to go on a trip - somewhere in 'chess world'. I wonder if they were having a 'row' about something?

25 Dec 2013

Chess picture of the Day

Merry Christmas - with the art of Justin Jenkins.
I've started a game in the past few days and these are the current moves and in the above image, you can see the current position with me playing white. 1.e4 e5 2.d3 h6 3.Be2 Qf6 4.Bf3 Bb4+ 5.Bd2 Bxd2+ 6.Qxd2 Qb6 7.c3 d6 8.Ne2 Nf6 9.O-O c6 10.Na3 Qd8 11.b4 Bg4 12.Bxg4 Nxg4 13.h3 Nf6 14.Ng3 b5 15.Nc2 Nbd7 16.a4 a6 17.a5 O-O 18.Ne1 Re8 19.Nf5 Nh5 20.Nxd6 Qc7 21.Nf5 Nf4 22.Ra2 Nf8 23.Qe3 N8g6 24.Nf3 Qd7 25.Rd2 Ne7 26.Nxe5 Qc7 27.Nf3 Nxf5 28.Qe1 Ne7 29.Qd1 Nfg6 30.Re1 c5 31.d4 cxb4 32.cxb4 Qc3 33.Qb1 Nc6 34.Rc2 - and not finished as yet.

8 Aug 2013

Chess game

I logged on to a chess site where I was playing chess for a couple of years and played through this game. This was one of my 'lucky' games - I played black in this game. Have fun playing through it. Unfortunately, time to play chess is very little, though I have a couple of games going on chess.com - see the side bar for their logo.

4 Aug 2013

Chaos - in front of the door of the British

I blame the UK government for the chaos in Zimbabwe. We all know what happened in the 1980's and Ian Smith. If you don't know the 'whole story', please make an effort and read. Zimbabweans are suffering, we know the 'rest'. Who is to blame, yes, Mugabe of course as well! But... who is first in the line to blame? I rest my case. [click the image for a larger view, or see the link]

17 May 2013

Theme song - Beautiful!

Take a Dutchman, the kind of Dutchman that fought against all the might of Spain, intermix him with the inflexible French high notes. Take him through 8 generations of war, put him in a country suitable for  huntsman, marksman and Ryder  Put a finer temper in him, threw the Bible, and you get the Afrikaner Boer [not pronounced boar!] A nation so strong that it took the British Empire 191 000 000 pounds, 3 years and 480 000 soldiers to conquer the 2 poorest smallest states in the world.