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Dozy's Inferno


    • Kismet

      In the musical classic, Kismet, the young caliph (portrayed by Vic Damone in the movie) disguised himself as a commoner and went walking in the market place. It might be feasible for a flesh-and-blood ruler to do that but on the chessboard it&... | Read More

      • Dozy
      • | Jun 20, 2008
      • | 1036 views
      • | 6 comments
    • Chess in a Time Warp

      In Catch 22 when Joseph Heller wrote, “Some men are born mediocre, some men achieve mediocrity, and some men have mediocrity thrust upon them,” he might have been looking at the way I play chess. The other day I drew a low-rated opp... | Read More

      • Dozy
      • | Jun 18, 2008
      • | 1101 views
      • | 3 comments
    • Emanuel, Emmanuel and the $6M Man

      When you're good at something, and you know that you're good, it does wonders for your self-confidence. Sometimes it might be better not to make a song and dance about it. Some years ago I interviewed a man named Emmanuel Margolin on my c... | Read More

      • Dozy
      • | Jun 15, 2008
      • | 3437 views
      • | 3 comments
    • Jaws

      It's always great to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat, but it can be painful indeed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. In a NSWCA rapid play tournament I thought I had played well against a guy named Blair Mandla, and since he ... | Read More

      • Dozy
      • | Jun 14, 2008
      • | 996 views
      • | 1 comment
    • Chess Kids: an exercise in humility

      Four years ago, playing in an inter-club team competition, I admitted to a non-chess playing friend that I had been beaten by a twelve year-old girl. “Ooh! That's embarrassing,” she said. “Not when it's this twelve y... | Read More

      • Dozy
      • | Jun 13, 2008
      • | 3630 views
      • | 7 comments
    • Alexander Who?

      Yesterday, when one of my opponents replied to 1.e4  with ...Nf6 I said , "Alexander Alekhine would have approved of that move."  And he said, “Who's that?” Goodness me! Don't they teach 'em anything ... | Read More

      • Dozy
      • | Jun 12, 2008
      • | 1939 views
      • | 2 comments
    • Hang Gliding and the KID

      Hang glider pilots know that it is better to be sitting on the hill wishing you were flying than to be flying in dangerous conditions, wishing you were sitting on the hill. Sometimes the King's Indian Defence is just like that, and there hav... | Read More

      • Dozy
      • | Jun 11, 2008
      • | 1123 views
      • | 2 comments
    • Do you suffer from MGS?

      This morning one of my opponents manoeuvred his knight into a position where it was about to become a game-winning advantage then, instead of moving to the square I feared, he forked my king and rook. The problem with that was that I played PxN ... | Read More

      • Dozy
      • | Jun 9, 2008
      • | 1628 views
      • | 6 comments
    • Triathlon, Chess and Julius Caesar

      During my triathlon days a guy was trying to sell me a bicycle computer that showed speed, distance travelled and cadence. About the only thing it didn't do was play Waltzing Matilda. When I declined he said, “Don't you want to kn... | Read More

      • Dozy
      • | Jun 8, 2008
      • | 2043 views
      • | 2 comments
    • Ironbark Chess

      When should you resign a chess game? Certainly not when you have a forced mate on the board. The Man from Ironbark just wouldn't have understood that at all. Banjo Paterson (1864-1941) was Australia's most loved bush poet and wrote suc... | Read More

      • Dozy
      • | Jun 6, 2008
      • | 1447 views
      • | 4 comments