Wednesday, 27 August 2014


Reports of the 2014 Ulster Championships are now on the UCU site and the Lindores site. Some nice pictures as well.
Lindores Report.
UCU Report.

Below is Gabor Horvath who is now the Ulster Champion. He is Hungarian but as he has lived in N.Irleland for more than one year he qualifies to play in the tournament.

My friend Norman won the Intermediate section. Norman has the biggest private collection of  chess books in the country. He does not get time to read them as he is to busy saving Harland and Wolff from bankruptcy.

Here is a nice picture of all the prizewinners.

Congratulations to all the prizewinners. I hope all the competitors enjoyed the tournament.
Just shows you how easy it is to run Chess tournaments without the help of   Kirsan Ilyumzhinov  and Fide.

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.


Following on from the last post containing the "Sicilian Passion Killer."  Here is a rated game I played against Fritz earlier today.

As you can see it really does play the line from the video as white.
I doubled on move 30 and it resigned. I took the easy way out because I was getting tired, at the time I was not quite sure of the best way to continue. The game setting was one hour for each side.

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.

Tuesday, 26 August 2014


Here is a video with a brilliant title. "Sicilian Passion Killer."
In my experience with Fritz 13 this line as white is often played when I am playing it using the "Rated Games" feature.

So this is a useful video for me.

If you are looking for further information about all things "passionate" here you are. The video below is all about "The Birds and the Bees."

Proverbs 25:2 It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter.

Monday, 25 August 2014


This is a short video clip taken during round 2 of the UCU Chess Championships on Saturday. 

It was staged in one of the smaller conference rooms on the second floor of the Europa Hotel. 

Local player Karina Kruk can be seen in the video. She recently gained a WFM title at the recent Olmypiad in Norway. Karina is a very pleasant young woman, congratulations to her on her achievement. 

Full details of the event can be found on the UCU website.

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.

Tuesday, 19 August 2014


For some reason this is the one chess game which sticks most in my memory. Must be because of the Queen sacrifice.

I first came across it years ago when I purchased the book, "The most instructive games of chess ever played," by Iriving Chernev.

All the games can be found in the link above.

Monday, 11 August 2014


I have an idea, I must put it to the UCU.  Why don`t we start a new world chess organisation in N.Ireland?

From what I can gather, Peter Robinson would be happy to shell out a couple of million to ANYONE who can bring him ANYTHING that can be turned into good news.

The opportunity will not last long as Peter is expected to be leaving soon.

Things are so bad for him he did not even get any credit for the brainwave of staging Carl Frampton`s world title fight at the Titanic slipways. It looks like Barry McGuigan is sort of getting the credit for the idea.

Apparently it genuinely was Peter`s idea for the Titanic showdown, it is odd he has never made it public in order to get the credit? Whenever a politician looses the knack of making sure he gets the credit for a great idea, you can be sure he is finished.

Mark 8:36 For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?


Saturday, 9 August 2014


The Ulster Championships are schedule to take place on the August Bank Holiday Weekend August 23rd, 24th and 25th 2014 at prestigious Europa Hotel. We look forward to seeing you there!

The Europa Hotel is used for many big events. Below is a video clip of Carl Frampton announcing his last fight at a press conference in the Europa.

Carl is a nice guy, he has always been very likeable from his childhood days. I was providentially fortunate enough to catch Carl on video when he was very young as I happened to train at the Midland Boxing Club at that time

One of the big features of Carl`s fights is the question of what music will he choose for his entrance to the ring? The last time he chose a Jackie Wilson song. 

The video clip reminds of the time chess colleague Danny Mallaghan and myself went over to the arena, Danny walked straight in with no problem. I could not get in because I had brought the wrong ticket! 
Had to go all the way back home and get the right ticket once I got over the shock of refused entry!

Psalm 144:1 Blessed be the Lord my strength which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight:

Friday, 8 August 2014


She does not have a "Black Velvet Band" but she does have eyes like diamonds and her hair does fall over her shoulders.
NAME     Tania  Sachdev
AGE         27

Proverbs 20:1 Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.

Tuesday, 5 August 2014


This must be the best ever time to have an interest in Chess. The resources for news, training, social play, etc are just incredible.

Even for people like me who happen to awake at all the odd hours of the day there is almost endless opportunities for Chess information.
Just look at Danny King`s Twitter feed for example?

This is just a couple of the videos I have watched in the last 40 minutes or so.
I don`t have a Twitter account by the way, it was suspended  because it was  used for "Targeted Abuse." lol lol lol

Danny King has a brilliant personality for interviewing people, he should have his own TV show. He is much better than that slimy Stephen Nolan, I am sure he has a lot less "skeleton`s in the cupboard" than Nolan as well!

Video One. Hilarious were she says she "was always butting her nose into everyone`s business!" 1.01 on the timeline.
It is a very dangerous pastime in N.Ireland to "butt your nose into everyone`s business!" lol lol

Video Two. Garry Kasparov. I am presently in the process of watching this one.

Daniel 12:4 But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.

Saturday, 2 August 2014


I have discovered this comedy chess scene featuring "jailhouse notation" is from the episode of the Rockford Files titiled:  Chicken Little Is A Little Chicken

ExA time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;