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Dozy's Inferno


    • Fear and Panic

      Somebody once quipped that fear is the first time you can't do it the second time, and panic is the second time you can't do it the first time. And the chess equivalent? For me, fear sets in when I'm a piece down without compensati... | Read More

      • Dozy
      • | Jun 5, 2008
      • | 1281 views
      • | 8 comments
    • Tournaments in Oz

      On line today, Phil_from_Blayney, an Australian chess player who promotes chess in his district, asked what would make would make a tournament attractive to me or my friends. Competitive chess in the Land of Oz attracts a tiny group of people. ... | Read More

      • Dozy
      • | Jun 4, 2008
      • | 1498 views
      • | 0 comments
    • email@chess.com

      Although the idea of registering an email address at chess.com was attractive I didn't realise how useful it could be until I'd actually done it. After all, I've had my existing email address for about six years and everybody who nee... | Read More

      • Dozy
      • | Jun 3, 2008
      • | 2060 views
      • | 8 comments
    • Upsetting a Grand Master

      Chess upsets are always entertaining, more so for the upsetter than the upsettee, but once in a while there's an upset of such magnitude that it gets attention way beyond the tournament itself.  So it was in the 2000 Malaga Open when a 14... | Read More

      • Dozy
      • | Jun 2, 2008
      • | 2335 views
      • | 5 comments
    • The "Nice" Trophy

      In The Devil's New Dictionary, Richard Ianelli defines the word “nice” like this: Pleasant and forgettable: as in, it certainly was a nice party; Inoffensive and unremarkable: as in, he sure is a nice guy; Sweet and unatt... | Read More

      • Dozy
      • | May 31, 2008
      • | 1466 views
      • | 6 comments
    • Consider yourself our mate

      Remember the song from Oliver?  "Consider yourself our mate, consider yourself one of the family"?  It's a bit like that on chess.com. I'm always pleased when somebody asks me to place them on my friends list.  It ... | Read More

      • Dozy
      • | May 24, 2008
      • | 1098 views
      • | 3 comments
    • Limericks

      In 1948 when George Orwell invented Newspeak he could never have believed that the idea would actually find a way into commmon usage, but it daily grows stronger as political correctness. Back in the days when the air was clean and sex was dirty t... | Read More

      • Dozy
      • | May 6, 2008
      • | 1376 views
      • | 2 comments
    • Solitaire Chess

      Many years ago my son was in his bedroom working through a set of chess problems with the help of a board and pieces.  When one of his friends came to visit I said, "He's inside playing with himself." Well... Since joining ches... | Read More

      • Dozy
      • | Apr 29, 2008
      • | 7774 views
      • | 6 comments
    • Mismatch

      Sometimes chess games are hard-fought battles right down to the last pawn; sometimes they are one-sided. It happens in the first round of Swiss Tournaments when the top half of the field plays the bottom, and even in chess.com tournaments where... | Read More

      • Dozy
      • | Apr 22, 2008
      • | 1033 views
      • | 4 comments
    • Falkbeer Counter Gambit

      It's great to have friendly opponents.  In a current game, playing black against the KG, I declined with 3...Bc5. During the game my position became more and more cramped.  My opponent, Grolich, commented, "I don't like the ... | Read More

      • Dozy
      • | Apr 8, 2008
      • | 2692 views
      • | 1 comment