Saturday, 10 November 2018


South Belfast Chess club has been visited by two sad bereavements over the past few weeks.

Martin Kelly has informed members of the deaths of David Riley who played for SB last season, and Sam Ferris who was also a member, and a long time stalwart of the former Fisherwick club.

David sadly died at his home in Blackpool, Sam Ferris was one of the nicest guys you could ever meet.

There is no escape from death.

Hebrews 9:27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:

Wednesday, 24 October 2018


Richard Kerr the Kincora survivor, has now named Anthony Blunt as one of his abusers.

Full details can be read at this lnk, "The DUP Skeletons In Theresa May`s Closet."

Anthony Blunt can be seen and heard in the video below.

A very brave lady who tried to expose the Kincora scandal long before some of the culprits were prosecuted has just died. 

She was called Valerie Shaw, she is in the video below. Valerie Shaw was probably quite unaware she was putting her life at risk when she attempted to expose this sordid affair.

Pr 29:6 In the transgression of an evil man there is a snare: but the righteous doth sing and rejoice.

Tuesday, 23 October 2018


Providence has led me to discover a video clip, featuring one of the most obnoxious characters on the internet, sitting in judgement upon a Chess match disputed  by the two players.

It is titled "Two Mates Gone Stale," and it shows the highly obnoxious Tony Clifton!

I must point out for overseas readers, that Tony Clifton is a fictional character invented by the late Andy Kaufman.  

Sadly, there are many people who still believe Tony Clifton is a real character. 

Plus there are many people who still think Andy Kaufman is not really dead, he was such an outrageous character in real life, that is why people suspect he faked his own death?

Here is a sample of Tony Clifton at work!

There are many people who would think this was real life, if they were not warned about Andy Kaufman`s eccentric behaviour??

Ecclesiastes 3:1 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

2 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;

3 A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;

4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

5 A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

6 A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

7 A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

8 A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

9 What profit hath he that worketh in that wherein he laboureth?

10 I have seen the travail, which God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised in it.

11 He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.

Tuesday, 2 October 2018


Last week I managed to obtain a very pleasing win against Fritz rated play with the white pieces, what made it most pleasing, was the fact it was based largely on intuition, rather than clear calculation.

Early in the game this position arose, I could instinctively see the potential Bxg6 sacrifice, then I noticed black may be able to play Rg8 and pin the bishop? 

After a few seconds it was clear this does not work, as white can play Qxe6+. So I played Bxg6 and started my attack.

It became very difficult for me to calculate all the possible lines black could play after this tactical position was acheived.

Eventually the position below was reached, where it is white to play. Here I had to spend a bit of time working out what to do, though it may be easy to spot once you are shown the position as a tactical puzzle.

I played Rxd5+, it did not win the game instantly but an easily winning endgame soon occurred.

Ecclesiastes 12:12 And further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh.

Monday, 27 August 2018


The position below arose in a game I played last week. I am black, Fritz is white and is playing at 2398 strength.
White has just played g5 g6, it is now black to play.

Over the years, I have read in many books, articles and seen in videos, the advice given, that is bad to move the pawns in front of your king. All this information was familiar to me.

However, it is quite different when a computer programme starts attacking your kingside with it`s advanced pawns in reality.

It is as if I became paralysed and transfixed by the danger of white`s attack, it rendered me incapable of analysing the situation correctly, in my bewildered state I failed to heed the advice I had come across over the years.

I was unable to assess the fact that black too had a possible ongoing attack. After the game Fritz analysis showed be the best way to continue, was to ignore white`s attack and reply with b5 b4!

To put it simply, I became bemused in the heat of battle and was unable to think correctly!

I wonder how many club players would be able to analyse the position above for black and play the b5 b4 move?

It would probably be easy for GMs and IMs to assess the situation precisely, but not so easy for many club players?

If I get time tomorrow I must post the game and how it went, I lost.

Then I will post the game showing how it could have and should have went if I had remained calm!

Isaiah 42:25 Therefore he hath poured upon him the fury of his anger, and the strength of battle: and it hath set him on fire round about, yet he knew not; and it burned him, yet he laid it not to heart.


On Saturday morning, an enthusiastic group of local chess players gathered at the famous/infamous Europa hotel, for the UCU 2018 championships.

Below is a short video of the scene just before and after the commencement.  

The last round is being played, even as I post this video.

Live video feed can be seen at this link.

Ecc 12:12 And further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh.