Much debate on FB and elsewhere about what to quit this year has led me to decide to quit being fat. I am achieving this in secret ways and will report back. However, my lovely wife has taken on a real challenge. She has decided to quit using the words, “like”, “up” and “it”, both at home and at work. She likes a challenge but I ask you, how many other people could manage that?
Here’s a whistle stop tour of my recent victory over the President of Brighton & Hove Chess Club, Sue Chadwick. In fact the video plays so fast that even I couldn’t talk quickly enough to keep up with with it [gasps all round]. If you aren’t a regular player of chess, here’s a tip: try to ensure that each piece is moved only once until you have developed every piece in the opening. Pawns, for this purpose, do not count as pieces. Whilst their role is crucial in the game, they cannot be moved backwards, so resist the urge to move them at all, unless you are forced to do so. There’s almost always a piece to move which will improve your position. Being my first chess video it is rubbish and, naturally, as with my cooking, I’m looking to improve on this.
Regarding the game itself, there’s a certain amount of slack play from Black, e.g. the Knight going out to the edge of the board in the mid-game. However, the real question is whether the end-game is drawn or whether it contained a forced win for White? Your comments please.