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Dozy's Inferno


    • Good luck, bonne chance, buena suerte!

      Do you think that luck plays a part in chess, or is it purely a game of skill?  As one of my opponents said recently, “Chess is a game of cool calculation; luck has nothing to do with it.” If chess were played solely on the chessboard and ... | Read More

      • Dozy
      • | Oct 18, 2008
      • | 3456 views
      • | 13 comments
    • Conditional moves and sliced bread

      As the millennium approached I was the breakfast announcer on AIR-FM, a community radio station in Sydney's west. I'd been thinking about the Seven Wonders of the World and realised that there were, in fact, twenty-one of them—seven each from... | Read More

      • Dozy
      • | Oct 10, 2008
      • | 2409 views
      • | 12 comments
    • Harakiri or a slow death?

      Somebody once said that if your boss offers you a bonus to get a job finished on time that's incentive; if he threatens dismissal, that's motivation. My boss went a bit farther than either of those—he once threatened me with death. It was a ... | Read More

      • Dozy
      • | Oct 3, 2008
      • | 2155 views
      • | 8 comments
    • It's already tomorrow in Australia

      Have you noticed that sometimes people who have spent a great deal of time on chess.com suddenly disappear for a while? I've just had a break myself and it extended much longer than intended—probably about six weeks. Of course I wasn't comple... | Read More

      • Dozy
      • | Sep 23, 2008
      • | 2176 views
      • | 4 comments
    • Sunbonnet Sue and the chess.com blogs

      In 1987 I competed in the World Veteran Games in Melbourne. It was a wonderful experience and brought together athletes of all abilities, ranging from world champions to people who run like crabs. It's an experience akin to the Olympic Games for... | Read More

      • Dozy
      • | Aug 11, 2008
      • | 1216 views
      • | 8 comments
    • Internet, OTB or Tournaments?

      I just read Phil-from-Blayney's entertaining forum post about Why OTB will always be best. Phil's obvious enthusiasm -- and it bubbles through in this thread -- underlines his opening contention that OTB will "always be best". While I would ar... | Read More

      • Dozy
      • | Jul 29, 2008
      • | 1712 views
      • | 8 comments
    • Spanish Gold: The Other Side of the Coin

      In choosing games for my recent Spanish post (Duke of Plaza Toro) I selected a group of brevities won by Black, basically because I never play the white side of the Lopez. No doubt this would have been disappointing for all the Spanish aficionad... | Read More

      • Dozy
      • | Jul 25, 2008
      • | 1435 views
      • | 4 comments
    • A Russki, an Aussie and the Duke of Plaza Toro

      When my Russian friend Pavel asked me to write about the Spanish Opening I needed a wrinkle because I had never played it—never as white anyway—so I thought I'd ask that celebrated, cultivated, underrated Spanish nobleman, the Duke of ... | Read More

      • Dozy
      • | Jul 20, 2008
      • | 1618 views
      • | 2 comments
    • Through the needle's eye

      When the last king has been laid to rest and I go to play on that Big Chessboard in the Sky  St. Peter will ask what I have done to merit entry and I'll say, “I once taught a wealthy man how to play chess.” That's no easy task and even St. P... | Read More

      • Dozy
      • | Jul 12, 2008
      • | 1565 views
      • | 7 comments
    • The Leprechaun Gambit

      A few years ago I was working at a festival in an Australian country town. At 9.00 when the doors opened I was talking to my friend Richard, a man with a deep love of philology. Only one person came through the doors, walked around looking at ... | Read More

      • Dozy
      • | Jul 10, 2008
      • | 1606 views
      • | 2 comments