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Dozy's Inferno


    • On a Wing and a Dare

      In 1994 two of my sons, Wayne and Neil, attempted something that had never been done in Australia before. They, and two of their clubmates, launched a hang glider from a hot-air balloon. The location was Canowindra, just across the Blue Mountai... | Read More

      • Dozy
      • | Sep 19, 2009
      • | 1993 views
      • | 15 comments
    • How to Win at Live Chess

      In Australia, with a population (as of July 2009) of 21,262.641, there are less than 3,000 people on the ACF's Active Players list. That compares rather badly with chess.com which lists 23,009 Australian members. New players can be quickly disco... | Read More

      • Dozy
      • | Sep 11, 2009
      • | 4237 views
      • | 36 comments
    • Jedi Chess

      The power of a bishop increases exponentially when it works beside its mate—especially when both have open diagonals at their disposal. Whether attacking from a distance or up close and personal, the bishop is a superb killing tool and is the l... | Read More

      • Dozy
      • | Sep 4, 2009
      • | 4969 views
      • | 27 comments
    • Chess 960 and a flash-bang attack

      Logically, if you can play a reasonable game of chess you should be able to play a reasonable game of 960. In practice, for me at least, it hasn't always worked out that way. I expected that, once through the opening, the normal rules of combat ... | Read More

      • Dozy
      • | Aug 26, 2009
      • | 3913 views
      • | 28 comments
    • Bums on Seats

      Words aren't always what they seem. Sometimes longer words can be really small—like nasturtium, for instance—because it has only one meaning. It's a flower. On the other hand, some short words can be quite large—like bum. Bum has so many ... | Read More

      • Dozy
      • | Aug 14, 2009
      • | 3774 views
      • | 23 comments
    • KID Stuff

      When I wrote about the KID a couple of weeks ago jimthemagic posted the following quote from “The Main Line King's Indian” by John Nunn and Graham Burgess: The King's Indian is one of the most popular and electrifying of chess openings. Playe... | Read More

      • Dozy
      • | Aug 7, 2009
      • | 2550 views
      • | 9 comments
    • A Wood Pusher's Lament

      Some people start things later than others and I was thirty-four when I learned to play chess. Having absolutely no knowledge of the game I had thought that mastery came after decades at the board and that grandmasters would only achieve their ti... | Read More

      • Dozy
      • | Jul 31, 2009
      • | 4617 views
      • | 30 comments
    • A Scary Old Lady

      In his introduction to The King's Indian Defence, (Fritz Trainer Series) Rustam Kazimdzhanov said that Russian chess players refer to the KID with some affection as “starushka” and, he said, that translates roughly as “my fair old lady”. ... | Read More

      • Dozy
      • | Jul 24, 2009
      • | 3574 views
      • | 14 comments
    • Friendly Chess

      Who are the world's friendliest people? It's a matter of opinion, of course, but many nations qualify. I like the Irish who are a particularly cheerful lot—as long as you're not orange in a green pub, or vice versa; and the Kiwis are up there... | Read More

      • Dozy
      • | Jul 15, 2009
      • | 2951 views
      • | 12 comments
    • The Bouncing Knight from Outer Space

      Is chess.com the best place in the galaxy to play chess, or not? No argument! And why? Because chess.com treats all us individuals like kings. Just a few days ago I completed my 1000th game and, to celebrate, Erik et al  introduced Chess 960.... | Read More

      • Dozy
      • | Jul 8, 2009
      • | 2478 views
      • | 11 comments