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Dozy's Inferno


    • ...the harder they fall.

      The first round of any Swiss tournament matches the top half of the field against the bottom and, as a result, there are many unequal pairings. If chess ratings were set in stone the result should really be 1-0 all the way down to the midpoint but... | Read More

      • Dozy
      • | Mar 16, 2010
      • | 5514 views
      • | 32 comments
    • Zugzwang!

      Zugzwang, that dreaded compulsion to move when your position is so stretched that anything you do will weaken it, can be a chess player's nightmare, but there are occasions when it poses no problem at all. In it's most elementary form, zugzwang ... | Read More

      • Dozy
      • | Feb 13, 2010
      • | 4998 views
      • | 12 comments
    • Play Taller Chess

      The people of the Western nations are growing fat. Ask anybody! Look at any news source and you'll learn that there is an obesity epidemic that threatens the health and beauty of an entire generation. As a consequence we are being besieged by diet... | Read More

      • Dozy
      • | Jan 8, 2010
      • | 3784 views
      • | 25 comments
    • Santa's Bad Day

      Long, long ago at the North Pole, Santa's stress level was going off the Richter scale. A virus had laid low the elves, production was way behind and, horror of horrors, Mrs Claus's mother had arrived for a surprise visit. Three of the reindeer ... | Read More

      • Dozy
      • | Dec 24, 2009
      • | 3443 views
      • | 18 comments
    • Bullies on the Board

      Bullies aren't very admirable people. They're often thought to be cowardly but that's not necessarily so—sometimes they're great hulking brutes who fear nobody. On the other hand, there are others who only strut their stuff when they have their ... | Read More

      • Dozy
      • | Nov 14, 2009
      • | 6588 views
      • | 28 comments
    • The Immovable Object

      Mikhail Tal was, at his peak, an irresistible force. World champions past, present and future—including Smyslov, Botvinnik, Petrosian, Spassky and Fischer—fell to the wizardry of combinations which may sometimes have been unsound but were ext... | Read More

      • Dozy
      • | Nov 7, 2009
      • | 6318 views
      • | 29 comments
    • Sex Appeal at the Chess Board

      No, this isn't a story about Alexandra Kosteniuk (pictured) or even Arianne Caoili, the femme fatale behind Gormallygate. It's about queens, and the part they play in the royal game. Sometimes there can be too many queens on the board, sometimes ... | Read More

      • Dozy
      • | Oct 30, 2009
      • | 10141 views
      • | 35 comments
    • A Bat, A Mouse and a Castle

      She-Who-Flies-by-Night is known well beyond the boundaries of chess.com and is one of the most respected contributors in the chess firmament, so when she makes a request it carries the authority of a royal command. A few days ago she asked me to ... | Read More

      • Dozy
      • | Oct 25, 2009
      • | 2580 views
      • | 16 comments
    • King Hunts — ancient and modern

      The nineteenth century was an age of spectacular sacrifices and flamboyant gambits that resulted in the kind of wild games that we rarely see in modern practice. Following are two king chases from the glory days, one from modern tournament play,... | Read More

      • Dozy
      • | Oct 18, 2009
      • | 3594 views
      • | 24 comments
    • Ambush

      Kasparov, commenting on Euwe's game against Speyer in the 1924 Dutch Championship, wrote, “This is ... a classic ambush with the threat of discovered check.” The concept of an ambush hadn't occurred to me before but I didn't need to read it t... | Read More

      • Dozy
      • | Oct 9, 2009
      • | 3455 views
      • | 16 comments