The Gazette - August 2020

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Edited by Julie Leonard
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A Belgian Assortment!

Thanks to Hugo Roman for sending a puzzle and a few of his favourite chess quotes for the gazette!

Years ago, Australian IM, Johansen played in an international tournament organised by the Royal Chess Club of Ostend. One evening, Hugo had the opportunity to play blitz with him. Johansen regularly shouted “Death to the Obnoxious King!” This encounter gave Hugo the idea of gathering together chess quotes. He has named his collection in honour of Johansen’s battle cry! Here are some more of Hugo’s favourites:

Alexander Alekhine: “Time trouble can’t be an excuse. The fact that a player is very short of time is to my mind, as little to be considered an excuse as, for instance, the statement of the law-breaker that he was drunk at the time he committed the crime.”

IM Merijn van Delft: “Sometimes it is easier to let your opponent do the thinking.”

Daniel King: “It’s a girl!” (when promoting)

Nimzowitz: “The passed pawn is a criminal, who should be kept under lock and key.”

Omar Khayyàm (around 1100)

“Tis all a Chequer-board of nights and days

Where Destiny with men for Pieces plays:

Hither and thither moves, and mates,and slays,

And one by one back in the closet lays.”

An Arabian Mansuba, 13th century, unknown author: White: King f2 Knight h5Black: king h2 pawn h3

How should White proceed to avoid the game being drawn (after Kh1 and h2)? The solution is after Personalia.