Scots en prise.

I haven't been playing too well lately, but I did see a nice looking Scotsman who breeds water buffalo on a farm in Fife a few days back on television and I've been wondering what it would be like to have an affair with him and whether he plays chess. 

Cheap as it may be, there's a charm about logging into a chess day to find an opponent in one of your games has left a gift in the form of a queen en prise. You wouldn't want it all the time, but when it's there it isn't altogether unpleasant.

Promises promises, but still no DSL. 

My chess understanding isn't necessarily getting better, or maybe it is subconsciously.  

*  I don't make the plainly disasterous blunders (the ones that would be obvious to a 5 yr old) very often.

* My endgame play is much more easily calculated and I'm less likely to blow an advantage if I give the game my full attention.

* Tactical calculation is much more swift.  I'm not a patient player who likes to think long and hard about every variation (god bless those who do) pattern recognition and swift processing are key to my improvement. 

my latest blunder-free game, though laden with mistakes is a strange giuoco piano:



  • 4 years ago


    I just had a look at this game after 3 years...mmm, yummy.

  • 7 years ago


    Aye, sun cream is sun screen. Never tried tasting it :)

  • 7 years ago


    Lycra.  nice.  What's sun cream?  Is that like sunscreen or is that for your sandwiches?

  • 7 years ago


    Whoa, there are water buffalo in the Kingdom of Fife? I know what I'm doing on Tuesday. It involves, Lycra, a bike, cheese sandwiches, 3 litres of sun cream and  a water buffalo or two.


    just discovered that the tours cost 40 quid. What are they feeding these beasts, gold?

  • 7 years ago


    I love that picture!

  • 7 years ago


    Very entertaining.  Way to jump on his megablunder 28...Nd3??  He had just missed that very move.  27 ...Nd3! would have been very good for Black. 

    That's a useful psychological error to be aware of... spotting a formerly good move a move too late and playing it anyway, even if it's wrong Tongue out

    BTW - I see you've finally liberated your Inner 'Toon.   Very nice.

  • 7 years ago



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