A TRUMP lead is not always bad, particularly against a high-level doubled contract. On this deal from the National Pairs semi-final the auction became a little overheated.
MUCH has been said on the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson, but not many know that Govan’s finest is a chess aficionado, and over the years has used the odd chess analogy such as, “you can play chess for 10 hours and still lose,” when having a dig at rivals Arsenal.
“WHEN in doubt – lead trump” is a maxim that has probably cost more points than any other. This example comes from the National Pairs Semi-final. South opened a horrible weak no-trump, but playing that range there is no good alternative.
FORMER world champion Vassily Smyslov said a master’s goal is to play 40 good moves in a game. And if his opponent also makes 40 good moves, it’s time to agree a draw, Smyslov believed.
HISTORY could well record 1990 as being a vintage year for chess players. It was when Magnus Carlsen and Sergey Karjakin were both born – and the two not only became the strongest teenage players of all time, they also now look set to be rivals for many years to come.
WHEN responder bids a new suit at the one-level (a one-over-one response) opener’s new suit is not completely forcing. Still, responder should try to find a second bid rather than unilaterally end the auction with a pass.
CHESS received a massive pop-culture boost on Saturday as the central theme of the latest Doctor Who episode, as the errant Time Lord – who revealed the game was invented on his home planet of Gallifrey – was reunited with his old cybernetic enemy of the Cybermen.
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