Thursday, December 31, 2009

New Chess Video: Chess Traps #6: Blackmar-Diemer Gambit (Halosar Trap)

jrobichess makes chess videos and has a chess blog along with a personal chess site at

Monday, December 28, 2009

New Chess Video: The Pincer Attack Evolution #2

jrobichess makes chess videos and has a chess blog along with a personal chess site at

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

"You're a Mean One Mr Grinch" - 2009 Style!

jrobichess makes chess videos and has a chess blog along with a personal chess site at

Monday, December 21, 2009

Chess Grandmaster Loses to Pincer Attack

Tryfon Gavriel, otherwise knowns as Kingscrusher on YouTube and webmaster of my favorite correspondence site posted a video in which he defeated a Chess Grandmaster using the Pincer Attack.

Some information on Tryfon:

British Regional Master - Achieved a standard play "A" grade of at least 180 in two consecutive seasons on ECF official grading lists.

Top 100 in his country for the top Rapid play chess players!

Fide Rating: usually over 2100

British Championship Qualifier for 2008, by coming 2nd= at the Southend Open with a rating performance of ECF 206.

2009 Muswell Hill 5 minute chess champion! I mention this because I plan on doing quite a few 5 minute chess videos with live commentary! :)

2009 2nd= with IM Trent in North London Blitz chess tournament, defeating Russian GM Chernaiv in final round with black pieces, but losing 2nd game on time from winning position throughout most of the game!

jrobichess makes chess videos and has a chess blog along with a personal chess site at

Friday, December 18, 2009

New Chess Opening: The Pincer Attack

This is a live blitz video of a chess opening I have been working on that I call the Pincer Attack. It's similar to the Hippo Defence from black, but fundamentally different with the extra tempo that white enjoys with the first move from the game. My goal is to have my YouTube subscribers try it out and send in their games to from which I will begin to compile a human database of the opening. I have bench marked the position with Rybka vs. Rybka and the structure yields a very equal position.

While the opening does not strive for an initial advantage, by creating this structure black will have to play very carefully to work towards maintaining that equality. White has a lot of tools at its disposal to launch a flank attack while maintaining a solid hold of its purposefully small center. The positions that arise have been fun to play so far, so I am excited to continue looking into the possibilities.

jrobichess makes chess videos and has a chess blog along with a personal chess site at

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Boeing 787 Dreamliner Takes to the Air

I hope Boeing has addressed the following concerns, or the plane might become known as the Deathliner ...

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jrobichess makes chess videos and has a chess blog along with a personal chess site at

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Rex Murphy on Climategate

jrobi's thoughts on Climategate:

1. If scientists at the top echelons of the global warming movement have been cooking the data (no pun intended) for years to maintain and bolster their agenda, I can't see how anyone could rationally endorse their views and theories.

2. Given that the earth is cooling as opposed to heating up, instead of trying to blame it on carbon (which would "theoretically" be an insulator heating the globe)the focus now needs to shift to what is actually causing climate change (i.e. the sun, etc).

3. Countries like Iran are helping propagate the climate movement because at the core it means that western democracies will have to hurt their economies to reduce emissions. I don't see Iran, China, or Russia for that matter making any moves towards substantial reductions themselves, so it's fairly straight forward to understand that some countries are using climate change to hurt nations that they are ideologically opposed to while continuing to merrily raise emissions themselves. This, in my opinion, is a form of economic warfare.

China is now the largest polluter in the world, with coal plants taking off on almost a weekly basis. However, the vast majority of non-democratic nations continue to focus exclusively on western nations (i.e. the United States, Canada, and European countries) when laying the blame and pushing for economic changes based on climate change. Economic changes that of course don't hurt their own economies, yet will greatly hurt the economies of western nations.

These are just a few of the points I have been thinking about since the information was leaked that the upper echelons of the climate change movement have been willingly cooking the data to propagate their agenda. Don't get me wrong, I am all for responsible living when it comes to things like taking care of the environment, but to cripple economies and cause massive job losses based on cooked data is completely illogical. After all, we're already in a less than ideal economic reality.

The climate change movement has an agenda: hurt western economies under the guise of morality. Millions of well-intentioned people have taken up the cause for carbon reduction based on this sense of morality, even though the leaked data shows that the globe is cooling, and not heating up. These people can't and shouldn't be blamed - their intentions were good. However, the fact of the matter remains that we all need to get sensible about the situation and turn the scientific community's focus to finding out what is actually impacting the changes we see in our climate.

Carbon is most likely not the culprit. In fact, plants love C02 and recent studies have found that plankton (the backbone of the oceanic ecosystem) grow faster and larger when Co2 levels are increased. The worry was that C02 would destroy the base of the oceans food chain, but low and behold this just isn't the case. (source)

So what's causing the change? I have no clue! I would wager it's just the natural state of affairs. After all, I live in Canada and millions of years ago we used to be tropical, and now we're one of the coldest nations on the planet, so something has already happened before to cause major climate change and it wasn't people pumping CO2 into the atmosphere - so what was it? Lets focus on that question now instead of needlessly hurting our economies based on flawed and cooked science. The findings might show us a way we can prevent it, or they might show us that it's inevitable, but nonetheless it will be based on fact and not manipulated data.

New Chess Video: Grandmaster Chess Blunders #2 - Can You Spot the Mistake?

1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. Nd2 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Nd7 5. Ng5 Ndf6 6. Bc4 Nd5 7. N1f3 g6 8.
O-O Bg7 9. Re1 h6 10. Ne4 Bg4 11. a4 Ngf6 12. Nxf6+ Bxf6 13. Ra3 Kf8 14. h3
Bxf3 15. Rxf3 Kg7 16. c3 Qd7 17. Qd3 Rad8 18. Re4 Qc8 19. b4 Rd6 20. Rg3 Re6
21. Reg4 Re1+ 22. Kh2 Rxc1 *

jrobichess makes chess videos and has a chess blog along with a personal chess site at