Tuesday 18 October 2011

Rachel Reeves vs Stephen Moss, House of Commons, 18 Oct 2011

Today at the House of Commons, Rachel Reeves MP was challenged to a couple of games of 10-minute blitz chess by Guardian journalist Stephen Moss. Rachel and Stephen are both competition players with chess grades not too dissimilar from each other, though Rachel has not played actively for a few years. She was a bit rusty and lost the first game to Stephen. But, as you can see below, she brought in a special adviser to help her with the second game...

Garry Kasparov advises Rachel Reeves, who faces Stephen Moss.
To the left of picture you can see scribe GM Jonathan Speelman,
who kindly noted down the moves for us.
(photo copyright 2011 John Saunders)

The moves of game one...

The second game has notes by GM Jonathan Speelman, to whom I am very grateful for keying in the games.

October 2011 CHESS Magazine


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  • FIDE World Cup, Khanty-Mansiysk - Chess in the Wild West East!This year’s World Cup was as entertaining as it was strong, and proved an audio-visual feast for spectators as Peter Svidler triumphed. Enjoy our in-depth coverage!
  • Sants for the Memories! - ‘Born-again’ English GM Matthew Sadler annotates his exciting last-round game from Sants against Jan Smeets. Revealing!
  • Russian Super-Final - ‘Svidler on the hoof’ again! Richard Palliser annotates
  • A Tale of Two Tournaments - GM Keith Arkell annotates games from Coulsdon and Paignton
  • Starry, Starry Knights - GM Stuart Conquest at large... he loses a laptop but, after a bit of digging, uncovers a 19th century chess legend
  • The Mating Game - James Essinger is writing a novel - on love, friendship and chess!
  • Chess in the 1960s - Our look-back takes us to Bled 1961, which was all about Mischa and Bobby... but Bisguier also played some great chess there
  • Overseas News / Home News - A round-up of what’s been happening near and far. English teenager Callum Kilpatrick annotates a win against a GM
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Thursday 13 October 2011

Dutch for Chessplayers

Ever wondered how to pronounce 'Euwe'? Or 'Scheveningen'? Or 'Wijk aan Zee'?

Wonder no longer - there is a website which gives guidance on the pronunciation of some chess-related Dutch names and terms...


Very useful - though I'm not sure I can replicate some of those sounds myself.