Monday, 29 June 2015


Seems to be an out break of time loss.   Poor Magnus Carlsen lost a game on time just a few weeks ago, seemingly due to a misunderstanding about the time controls.

Now, two well-known female players have lost games due to similar reasons.

Must something to do with all the "Equality Laws."  If a male player looses on time then it is only fair for a female player to loose on time?

Back in January during the Gibraltar tournament I lost a game on time as well in sightly different circumstances.

Before the game I was able to look up available databases and found quite a few of my opponents games. So I was able to prepare well for the game.

There was a very good chance he would play Be7 on move 3 and g5 on move 8.

In my possession I have a Sam Collins DVD where he recommends meeting g5 with b4 on move 9 for white. He gives a very good overview of what to play for white.

It turns out this is how the actual game went.

Quite near the end of the game I was slightly ahead on time but my opponent accidentally knocked his own king over, so there was a little controversy.   

I think there is a possibility my opponent may have hit the clock when he knocked his king over so the controversy all took place while my clock was running. 

The arbiter saw what happened and came over and I said, "It is OK it was an accident, we will just play on." 

I never claimed the two extra minutes on the clock which I could have.

When I made move 48. Rxc8 my opponent said, "Your flag has fallen!"

So from now on there will be, "no more Mr Nice guy," If you knock your king over playing against me I will be insisting on my two minutes extra time! lol
The game is below. 

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I remember reading this poem years ago. A police officer found it in the pocket of someone who had just been shot dead.

“The clock of life is wound but once,
And no man has the power
To tell just when the hands will stop
At late or early hour.

To lose one's wealth is sad indeed,
To lose one's health is more,
To lose one's soul is such a loss
That no man can restore.

NOW is the only time you have,
So live, love, toil at will,
Place no faith in "TIME,"
For the Clock may soon be still.”  By Robert H Smith

Revelation 12:12 Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.

Friday, 12 June 2015


Over the past few months I have discovered Fritz 13 Friend mode has been very helpful.  Lots of very interesting, practical endgame positions arise which require concentration to win a game with slight advantage, or draw a game with a slight disadvantage.

I have managed to get down to minus 11 for sustained periods on a few occasions but at the minute I seem to be stuck at 34.

This is a function on Fritz which I have never used before and I have been using the various Fritz programs for years. I wonder what other useful functions I am missing?

2 Corinthians 12:9
And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect inweakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.