Author: Kevin Gallagher

Difficult Puzzle?

This is a great, if unorthodox puzzle. We all know that the gain of a tempo in the opening provides a good advantage; we all know that the gambit of material is very often more than compensated for by better development. Well, in this position, black has not moved a piece and white has a […]

You Are Superhuman

(I would strongly encourage you to try to find a win for white before reading) Modern day computers may be able to perform quadrillions of operations a second with unerring accuracy and total precision, but you can lean back with your hands on your hips and laugh in their expressionless faces. They are little more […]

Killer Grand Prix DVD

Killer Grand Prix DVD presented by Gawain Jones comes from the Ginger GM stable so I had strong expectations. I have replayed much of this DVD several times, not because the material is so engaging, rather because I realise that I had nodded off so had to wind it back. Don’t get me wrong, the video […]

Mickey Adams Simultaneous

On Saturday 17th, 25 chess enthusiasts had the pleasure of playing GM Mickey Adams in a simultaneous exhibition. The five times and reigning British Champion has, during his paying career, beaten the likes of Anatoly Karpov, Vishy Anand, Vladimir Kramnik and Magnus Carlsen and has been ranked as high as World #4. I was very pleased […]


In chess, the ‘touch-move rule’ states: If a player (whose turn it is to move) touches one of his pieces, it must be moved if it has a legal move. In addition, if a piece is picked up and released on another square, the move must stand if it is a legal move. If an […]

Five Stages of Grief

There are said to be five stages of Loss and Grief: Shock and Denial; Anger; Dialogue and Bargaining; Depression and Detachment; Acceptance. Loss of a loved one aside, nowhere do these apply more than to a game of chess. Shock and Denial A few moves ago, you had a great position and everything was going […]

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