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1 Unusual Fare
Compiled by fredthebear

Compiled by akatombo

"Attackers may sometimes regret bad moves, but it's much worse to forever regret an opportunity you allowed to pass you by." ― Garry Kasparov

"Even the laziest king flees wildly in the face of a double check." ― Aron Nimzowitsch

"If you see a good move, look for a better one." ― Emanuel Lasker

French Proverb: "Ce n'est pas à un vieux singe qu'on apprend à faire la grimace." ― (There's no substitute for experience.)

WTHarvey: There once was a website named WTHarvey, Where chess puzzles did daily delay,
The brain-teasers so tough,
They made us all huff and puff,
But solving them brought us great satisfaction today. There once was a website named WTHarvey
Where chess puzzles were quite aplenty
With knight and rook and pawn
You'll sharpen your brain with a yawn
And become a master of chess entry

There once was a site for chess fun, was the chosen one,
With puzzles galore,
It'll keep you in store,
For hours of brain-teasing, none done.

There once was a website named wtharvey,
Where chess puzzles were posted daily,
You'd solve them with glee,
And in victory,
You'd feel like a true chess prodigy!

"Friend, you don't have to earn God's love or try harder. You're precious in His sight, covered by the priceless blood of Jesus, and indwelt by His Holy Spirit. Don't hide your heart or fear you're not good enough for Him to care for you. Accept His love, obey Him, and allow Him to keep you in His wonderful freedom." ― Charles F. Stanley

The Coach and the Fly

On a sandy, uphill road,
Which naked in the sunshine glowed,
Six lusty horses drew a coach.
Dames, monks, and invalids, its load,
On foot, outside, at leisure trode.
The team, all weary, stopped and blowed:
Whereon there did a fly approach,
And, with a vastly business air.
Cheered up the horses with his buzz, –
Now pricked them here, now pricked them there,
As neatly as a jockey does, –
And thought the while – he knew It was so –
He made the team and carriage go, –
On carriage-pole sometimes alighting –
Or driver's nose – and biting.
And when the whole did get in motion,
Confirmed and settled in the notion,
He took, himself, the total glory, –
Flew back and forth in wondrous hurry,
And, as he buzz'd about the cattle,
Seemed like a sergeant in a battle,
The files and squadrons leading on
To where the victory is won.
Thus charged with all the commonweal,
This single fly began to feel
Responsibility too great,
And cares, a grievous crushing weight;
And made complaint that none would aid
The horses up the tedious hill –
The monk his prayers at leisure said –
Fine time to pray! – the dames, at will,
Were singing songs – not greatly needed!
Thus in their ears he sharply sang,
And notes of indignation ran, –
Notes, after all, not greatly heeded.
Erelong the coach was on the top:
"Now," said the fly, "my hearties, stop
And breathe; – I have got you up the hill;
And Messrs. Horses, let me say,
I need not ask you if you will
A proper compensation pay."

Thus certain ever-bustling noddies
Are seen in every great affair;
Important, swelling, busy-bodies,
And bores It's easier to bear
Than chase them from their needless care.

* Crafty Endgame Trainer:

A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush ― Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, "Don Quixote"

Old Russian Proverb: "Measure seven times, cut once. (Семь раз отмерь — один отрежь.)" Be careful before you do something that cannot be changed.

1 Corinthians 13
King James Version

13 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.

2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.

3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.

4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,

5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;

6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;

7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

8 Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.

9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.

10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.

11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.

12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

13 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.

Lichess has all the same basic offerings as a large community, many game types, tutorials, puzzles, and livestreams. The site has a simple appearance, and it seems built to get you where you want to go in as few clicks as possible. You can create an account, but if you're not concerned with tracking your games and finding other players at your level, there's no need to log in. Just fire up a new game, try some puzzles, or watch a chess streamer play three-minute games while listening to techno and chatting with the comments section.

"Many have become chess masters, no one has become the master of chess." ― Siegbert Tarrasch

The City Rat and the Country Rat

A city rat, one night,
Did, with a civil stoop,
A country rat invite
To end a turtle soup.

On a Turkey carpet
They found the table spread,
And sure I need not harp it
How well the fellows fed.

The entertainment was
A truly noble one;
But some unlucky cause
Disturbed it when begun.

It was a slight rat-tat,
That put their joys to rout;
Out ran the city rat;
His guest, too, scampered out.

Our rats but fairly quit,
The fearful knocking ceased.
"Return we," cried the cit,
To finish there our feast.

"No," said the rustic rat;
"Tomorrow dine with me.
I'm not offended at
Your feast so grand and free, –

"For I have no fare resembling;
But then I eat at leisure,
And would not swap, for pleasure
So mixed with fear and trembling."

French Proverb: "Il ne faut rien laisser au hasard." ― (Nothing should be left to chance.)

"There are more adventures on a chessboard than on all the seas of the world." ― Pierre Mac Orlan

"You can only get good at chess if you love the game." ― Bobby Fischer

"As long as you can still grab a breath, you fight." — The Revenant

This poem is dedicated to Harris
my chessplayer friend and literary commentator.

Chess The Final Metaphor

It was in a cesspool behind the place of his cousin Nick That in this pool of sewage, was born the freak called frick. On dark nights he hysterically wailed in his pool of slimy mess: "Oh why oh why, can't I play the game that humans call chess"? As the morning sun rose, begged the queen of the mighty king: Sire, can you not order the death of this awful filthy thing"? Wisely he replied: "no, I'll let frick live forever in distress While he must watch others enjoy themselves playing chess."

Mieses Opening: General (A00) 1-0 Remove the Defender
J Henningsen vs R Borik, 1979 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 7 moves, 1-0

Blackburne vs D Forsyth, 1883  
(C22) Center Game, 48 moves, 1-0

G Lagland vs O Vailahti, 1970
(C27) Vienna Game, 40 moves, 1-0

Prince Matchabelli vs Prince Dadian, 1880 
(C23) Bishop's Opening, 34 moves, 0-1

J Gallagher vs S Conquest, 1988 
(C34) King's Gambit Accepted, 35 moves, 0-1

A Jankovic vs R Zelcic, 2005 
(C00) French Defense, 59 moves, 1-0

Jon R Stephenson vs A McIntosh, 1983 
(C39) King's Gambit Accepted, 15 moves, 0-1

J Ask vs O Von Bahr, 2013 
(C20) King's Pawn Game, 23 moves, 1-0

E Steflitsch vs H Penz, 2001 
(C43) Petrov, Modern Attack, 51 moves, 1-0

C M Grider vs F Pratt, 1964 
(C57) Two Knights, 15 moves, 0-1

Jobava vs V Malakhov, 2012 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 28 moves, 0-1

Larsen vs Najdorf, 1968 
(A01) Nimzovich-Larsen Attack, 39 moves, 0-1

D Haessel vs Mikhalevski, 2012 
(A34) English, Symmetrical, 51 moves, 1-0

Srinivas vs V Ravikumar, 1984 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 14 moves, 0-1

Aganalian vs Petrosian, 1945 
(A54) Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3, 34 moves, 0-1

Ju Wenjun vs Shankland, 2017 
(A62) Benoni, Fianchetto Variation, 43 moves, 1-0

A L'Ami vs A Merry, 2015 
(A90) Dutch, 46 moves, 0-1

M Klinova vs D Spence, 2006 
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 42 moves, 1-0

V Kuksov vs A Baburin, 1986 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 27 moves, 0-1

M Hemmings vs A Horton-Kitchlew, 2001 
(B06) Robatsch, 25 moves, 0-1

M Hebden vs F Felecan, 1993 
(B08) Pirc, Classical, 21 moves, 1-0

Shirov vs Nisipeanu, 1999 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 41 moves, 0-1

P Motwani vs P Rockwell, 1974 
(B21) Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4, 15 moves, 1-0

L Dubeck vs R Weinstein, 1958 
(B21) Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4, 18 moves, 1-0

G Gottardi vs R I Reynolds, 1996 
(B22) Sicilian, Alapin, 32 moves, 1-0

L Prins vs L Day, 1968 
(B28) Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation, 28 moves, 0-1

Caruana vs Negi, 2011 
(B80) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 98 moves, 1-0

Aronian vs McShane, 2012 
(D15) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 38 moves, 0-1

Keene vs Miles, 1976  
(D42) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 7.Bd3, 26 moves, 1-0

T Gareyev vs Van Wely, 2011 
(D43) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 25 moves, 1-0

Mikhalevski vs R Gardner, 2012 
(E04) Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3, 19 moves, 1-0

M Mchedlishvili vs R Sangma, 2014 
(E04) Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3, 38 moves, 0-1

K Arkell vs A Jaunooby, 2012 
(E10) Queen's Pawn Game, 40 moves, 1-0

R Svane vs F Zeller, 2014 
(E10) Queen's Pawn Game, 29 moves, 0-1

44.? White missed DAMIANO's Mate, trolls failed to recognize
P Zarnicki vs P German, 1997 
(D50) Queen's Gambit Declined, 48 moves, 0-1

Englund Gambit Complex (A40) 1-0 Stefan Bücker gives 8.a4!
A R Cullinane vs B Thomas, 1969 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 37 moves, 1-0

Firouzja vs So, 2021 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 33 moves, 1-0

Sicil Alapin transposes to French, Adv. Euwe Var (C02) 1/2-1/2
Rozentalis vs Epishin, 1990
(C02) French, Advance, 23 moves, 1/2-1/2

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