Religion, just like humans, have capacity for both good and evil

Religion, just like humans, have capacity for both good and evil. Just as it is rare to find the fully evil human, it is rare to find the truly evil religion. The reverse, however, is also true.

The Paris (and Mali) terror attacks have given rise to a new type of deniers. Previously we have climate change deniers, now we also have religious terror deniers. Put simply, these are people who deny that there is any connection between a religion and mass murders committed in its name.

“They are not true Muslims. This is not Islam.”

Said  Obama, President of the Religious Terror Denier Association.

“All religions teach good things.”

Motto of the Religious Terror Denier

It is true that religions do teach good things; however, that they teach bad things is harder to admit, but extremely true. The believer can never admit to this – for to do so is to shake their faith. What they do instead is to insist that everything else is wrong, except the religion.

The religion itself is pure, incorruptible, goodness. Only the “deviant” or the “misusers” or the “terrible” humans “claiming” to practice it are wrong. Religion itself never has to answer to any inquiry, never has to defend itself. No one is allowed to question, it’s offensive.


If there are evil teachings in holy texts, it is explained as a “mistranslation”, a “miscommunication”, an “outdated” command (because moral standards have dates), or you must “interpret this command to slaughter all infidels, metaphorically…”

According to the believer, it is impossible for a religion (or God) to be wrong. Instead of considering the elephant (or God) in the room, everything else must be questioned, everything else must be wrong. But religion itself is good, all religions are good…

Meanwhile there are people dying, and it’s not the religion’s fault.

There are imams preaching hatred and holy war, and it’s not the religion’s fault.

There are religious states committing wholesale genocide, and it’s not the religion’s fault.

Never their fault.

I have a better solution. It’s called an eraser.

If we can just erase those pesky dark age doctrines from the Holy Books…just wipe them off the slate…rewrite them anew, faith wouldn’t be such a problem. “Kill Kiss the infidels”.

Let’s own up to it. Religious texts are full of bad, bad things…and we can pretend they are not there, or that people are misunderstanding God’s instructions. But there will always be someone crazy enough to actually do what it says. When that happens, people will die. Hundreds of people will die.

It is far better for religion to change, than for people to die. Think of the kids. Better for religion to admit they are full of shit, sometimes, rather than pridefully insist they are always right. Better for religion to kiss and make up with science than to insist it has all the answers.

Better for religion to recognize that it has misled its own believers into acting badly, and that it has a responsibility to stop, instead of continuing to preach the same nonsense that created all those terror networks. It’s either this, or people will die. There are no two ways about it.

Move Fast – Opportunity Does Not Strike Twice

1. e4 c6

The defence I used is not normally associated with lightning counterattacks – which is why this game is about attitude rather than specific moves.

2. d4 d5 3. exd5 cxd5

White goes into the Exchange Variation which suggests dull, boring, game. There’s no real advantage for either player.

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Superficially, he has the open e-file while I have the open c-file. This has no impact whatsoever because both sides can easily protect their lines.

4. Bd3!?

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White goes into a risky and interesting move. The bishop is active and targets my h7 pawn, but it cuts the queen’s protection of d4.

Nc6 5. c3 Nf6

I point a simple threatening gesture at the insecure pawn. White defends, then I continue with development.

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From a theoretical perspective, Black would need a knight to b4 to harass the light square bishop. But White has a strong bodyguard on that square.

6. Bf4!?

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He makes a territorial grab for the dark squares. Pretty much the strongest move. Yet soon enough it will look bad.


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I strike at White’s b-pawn, which was left unguarded when the bishop moved. White is given no scope for creative play – he is forced to take the witness’ stand again.

7. Qc2

He manages to clear the attack. But is it too passive?


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Yes it is crazy to move a piece twice in the opening. But I’ll do it again soon.

White is forced to retreat his bishop.

8. Be3 Qc7

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Even though it is only move eight, I am giving White an additional puzzle to solve. The dark squares he originally claimed, I have hijacked. And I now support moves like e5 and Nf4, both of which will continue the initiative.

The e5 break takes advantage of White’s queen not being on d1, so Black gains the center. Whereas Nf4 threatens to simply kill the bishop gaining the trebuchet.

9. Nf3 Bg4

White gets on with simple development. But as soon as the knight comes out, it is mugged.

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I simply threaten to chop off his legs and leave him with doubled f-pawns.

10. Nfd2!?

White recoils at my spooky bishop. But he should have calmly defended his knight.


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Only move ten and White has to give up something precious. My knight is attacking both his light square bishop and his g2 pawn. So he is forced to exchange a bishop for my knight, losing control of one set of colors.

11. Bxf4 Qxf4 12. 0-0 e6

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White chooses to give up the dark square bishop, rather than the light square bishop. Good. I will attack him on the dark squares then.

13. h3?

He is not comfortable with two of my pieces near his King. So White tries to chase my light square bishop away.

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Bxh3! 14. gxh3 Bd6 

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My bishop doesn’t run. It sacrifices itself, blowing up White’s pawn structure. Now there is a big hole on the g-file and the threat of immediate checkmate with Qh2#.

15. Nf3

White could find nothing better than immediately returning the extra piece. Because otherwise he dies.

Qxf3 16. Bb5 0-0 17. Re1 Qxh3

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No mercy given. I take two of his pawns and continue with the checkmate motif on the dark squares.

18. Re3

He tries, with only one arm, to swat my queen away. But I quickly turn on the clumsy rook.

Qh2+ 19. Kf1 Bf4

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The rook is not attacking my queen. I am attacking his rook.

20. Rf3 Qh1+ 21. Ke2 Qc1

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White is finally given an opportunity to breathe. But if he takes my deal and trades the queens, then White is simply two pawns down in an endgame which will be hopeless.

He never finished the opening – I’ve attacked nonstop from move 4.

22. Qb3

White avoids the trade so he can at least have some pieces on the board.


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But I attack his queen again.

23. Qa4

Well he is tired of being pushed around. He grabs my knight by the neck.


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And I seize his unprotected b2 pawn with check. Next turn it will be his rook.

At this point he had enough. White resigned.


50 Cats


Well I had a nice game recently.

1. e4 c6

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I played the Caro Kahn defence against White’s first move. This signifies that there will be a battle over the d5 square soon.

The Caro Kahn is known to be a rock solid, top class system. It can handle a lot of pressure.

2. d4 d5 3. Nc3

White commits his knight this way, so he has blocked the pawn. If he had advanced the e-pawn, then I have an interesting variation to use, the Shy Cat defence. But against Nc3 I also have a pet to call upon.


Routinely, most players would grab the pawn on e4. But there are less winning chances in cracking the position open so early. I wait for e5 because I don’t want to capture.

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4. e5

White gains space. Alternatively, he could bring out a second knight, then I would play Bb4, forcing e5 anyway. But he doesn’t need to be persuaded today.


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The pawn is no longer needed to support d5, because I won that battle. So now the fight is over d4 instead. I have reached a position in the main line French Defence, where White has an extra move, but it was invested in Nc3 which hurts him a little.

The Caro-Kahn and French are closely related cousins, and in fact, Caro arose out of an attempt to improve the French Defence by using a slower move order. The lightsquare bishop is considered a ‘weakness’ of the French, it is blocked in by my pawn on e6 and thus doesn’t have much useful activity. So grandmasters invented the Caro to activate the light square bishop first, and then e6.

But today I played e6 first anyway, losing a turn.

5. Bb5+?

White cannot play this move. It gets him into a world of trouble.

Nc6 6. Nf3 a6 7. Bxc6+ bxc6

With this recapture, I get the bishop pair, and a second pawn to attack d4.

8. 0-0 cxd4 9. Nxd4 c5 10. Nf3 Bb7

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Steadily making progress. I’ve won the d4 square.

11. Bg5 Be7 12. Qd2? d4!

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The game is already in my favor after 12 moves. White has a big lead in development, and that has no relevance whatsoever to the outcome.

I simply have the higher ground, and I’m pushing him backwards.

13. Bxe7 Nxe7 14. Ne2

The knight would have preferred a more active square, but I control all the lanes.

Bxf3 15. gxf3

I destroy White’s pawn structure.

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Attacking Black’s e-pawn.

16. f4 Nh4

Now threatening Nf3+, picking up the White queen.

17. Qd3 Qd5

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The d5 square, which I captured in the opening, is used as a launchpad to finish the game with Qg2#, checkmate.

18. f3

White has to block that square.


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Letting go of some of my booty.

19. Qxd4

Of course, White would love to have my center pawn.


But this takes his rook down.

20. Rxf3 Qxf3 21. Qxc4 0-0!

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The job is done. White has lost the exchange, so he’s material down. I won by move 50. What can I say? A rook is simply stronger than a knight. Below is the final position, with the full scoresheet.

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I didn’t need any special skills to win, although some technical ability was needed to convert the endgame. This was simply about capturing two key squares, d5 and d4.

Once I had them both, the game was in the bag.

Democratic Presidential Debate, 2015

I listened to the full debate and these are my impressions. I will only look at it only from the perspective of the two frontrunners, Hillary R. Clinton, and Bernie Sanders.

I only got to 40 minutes, but I think that’s plenty and i didn’t have the time to get to the full 2 hrs. The scoring for all segments is out of 10 points.



Bernie Sanders (8): Coming out forcefully, Sanders did not spend a single moment introducing himself. He highlighted major issues, the increasing influence of money in American politics, the high prison rates. He concluded, “That is what this campaign is about.”

Hillary Clinton (4): Hillary took a long time to introduce herself, highlighted a bunch of policies she plans to implement. Something about increasing taxes on the rich, and longer paid maternity leave. Clinton also touted to accomplishments and promised to talk about them later.

Impression: Hillary strikes me as a person who promises a bunch of stuff like the advertisement on groceries. You know, buy our detergent and we’ll clean your shirt for you. Sanders is a revolutionary. He wants to set the system on fire.

Hillary Clinton: Would you say anything to get elected? (2)

I always take in new information and have a range of views but they are rooted in progressive values. I’m a progressive, but a progressive who likes to get things done. (Translated: Yes, i would.)

Bernie Sanders: How can a socialist like you win the White house? (6)

We’re going to win because we’re going to explain what socialism means. We have to look at socialist countries like Norway and Denmark and see what we can learn from them. Republicans win when there is low voter turnout. My campaign is bringing in large turnout and voter excitement and that is what we need to win the election. (Translated: I am not going to win.)

Hillary Clinton: Are you a capitalist? (4)

I believe in capitalism and part of my job is to save capitalism from itself. There is no need to question the system all the time and what is needed is reform to make sure it doesn’t run amok. I love Denmark, but we are not Denmark. (Translated: I am part of the system, even if it doesn’t work.)

Bernie Sanders: Are you not a capitalist? (9)

Am I part of the casino that enriches the top few while the rest of society flounders. No I’m not. Of course we have to support SME businesses. We can have all the growth we want, but that doesn’t matter if all the wealth is going to the top 1 percent. We need to support fair distribution of wealth. (Translated: Fuck capitalism.)

Bernie Sanders: Gun violence. You voted against the Brady bill. So do you shield the gun companies from lawsuits, or not? (3)

I have a D- record with the NRA. I don’t want to shield gun companies. But it is a large and complicated bill. There were provisions in it I didn’t like. (Translated: I’m not going to tell you why I voted what I did.)

Hillary Clinton: Is Bernie tough enough on guns? (8)

No. We are losing 90 americans per day to gun violence. He voted against the Brady bill 5 times. He was giving immunity to gun manufacturers. (Translated: Bernie is trying to make kids die everyday and I’m an angel. )

Bernie Sanders: How are you going to get gun control bills past congress? (5)

There is a difference between rural and urban attitudes towards guns. We need to enact broad bills based on common sense. (Translated: Gun control bills? Congress? You are joking.)

Hillary Clinton: What will your response be to Putin on Syria? (1)

I applaud the current administration on how they are dealing with Putin on Syria, which is to sit down and talk to them that they should be part of the solution and not causing more chaos on Syria. (Translated: I don’t know what I will do about Putin. I don’t even know what Syria is about.)

Bernie Sanders: What do you think about Syria? (3)

I think it’s a quagmire in a quagmire. I learned a very powerful lesson about the nature of quagmire. I will make sure America  does not get into a quagmire. I do not support putting American troops in Syria. (Translated: Stay away, stay away, stay away!)

Bernie Sanders: Under what circumstances would you use force? (5)

A no fly zone in Syria would lead to serious problems. I voted to stop ethnic cleansing in Kosovo. I voted to end Osama bin Laden. I do not support US getting involved in unilateral action. (Translated: I will never use force. Period. )

Hillary Clinton: How do you justify your votes for the Iraq War? (7)

I remember 25 debates I had with then-Senator Barack Obama. We argued about whether my judgement to enter the Iraq war is correct. But after he won, he immediately recruited me as Secretary of State. I believe this says he valued my judgement. (Translated: Yeah I was wrong. But damn I’m not going to apologize, not in front of so many people. I have faceee.)


Bernie Sanders: (8+6+9+3+5+3+5)/7 = 5.57. Sanders had a slightly above average performance, but not impressive.

Hillary Clinton: (4+2+4+8+1+7)/6 = 4.33. Hillary Clinton was underwhelming.

Bernie Sanders win the First Democratic Presidential Debate.


I have been feeling lost recently ever since the painful breakup, with the girl I hoped to spend the rest of my life with. The guilt of leaving her when she had cancer, it was unavoidable though. I had always planned to have kids and I don’t handle it too well when my loved one is hysterical. She was taking it out on me on a daily basis, transferring her anger at her life cut short. I walked out realizing she had less than 10 years to live and I couldn’t live with the shadow of death haunting us both.

In the final days, she screamed at me and I would withdraw as I usually do. And I wouldn’t talk to her for several days. Then we would reconnect. Ailex said it sucks to part like this but she understands. Why spend any time together if her life is going to be so short?

I told my beloved that I can handle the illness if she doesn’t take it out on me. But she said its only fair to take it out on your closest partner. Who else can she take it out on? I knew it had to be me. Cos she was estranged from her family.

One day I said I’m going. She told me a lie and I caught her in it and she had never lied to me prior. She didn’t reply to my text because of her (mood swings) and told me instead that her phone is broken. I knew instantly it was a whopper. I was done. Honesty is important especially in relationships, and it was a straw breaker for me on top of all the other issues we were facing.

I didn’t contact her for many months. Then finally I decided to check if she is still alive. She was. In many ways still the same person, gamer girl with too much enthusiasm. I realized this is the same person I fell in love with. She is the person who pretends all her problems don’t exist and bottles it up. No wonder she took it all out on me. There was literally no one else she can take it out on. I was so angry at her for being rude to me but kind to strangers. But this is just her character.

I was plagued by much doubt for so long. But I finally found the answer. Sometimes in life you never get the answer. But I managed to get the answer for this one.

She did love me. And still does.

It was a relief. I can finally close this chapter of my life.

Time to move on. I went off, and then took a shower.

This must be what going mad feels like


I had an absolutely crazy game with my pet line: the Nimzovich Defence.

1. e4 Nc6

There are no virtues for my move Nc6. Yes, None.


It’s just a very awkward position for the knight. White can, and does attack it with d4, then d5.

2. d4 e5 3. d5 Nb8


Now that the d-pawns have been “provoked” into advancing, which is a polite way of saying we voluntarily took a bad position, the knight goes back home.

It’s a real challenge to defend this position from here on. And I do like to challenge myself every now and then.

4. Nf3 d6 5. Be2 Nf6


Now this is a subtle trick – the most natural way to defend White’s e-pawn would be Nc3. But that would block White’s c-pawn, preventing it from reinforcing the strong White point on d5.

6. Nbd2

White doesn’t fall for it. Well it was worth a try.

g6 7. 0-0 Bg7 8. c4 Na6?


Preventing b4, but I need to castle first. This move is a mistake, as it doesn’t stop b4.

I missed that White has the check Qa5+, picking up the Black knight.

9. b3

In the game, both me and my opponent wrongly assumed that b4 drops a pawn. Happy coincidence.


Now i do castle, so b4 is ruled out.

10. Bd3 Ne8 11. Re1 f5


The thematic pawn break that is the highlight of Black’s entire opening. It’s very similar to, and might even be an exact copy of the King’s Indian Defence. Now White doesn’t usually take the f-pawn. Black can really come alive if he does.

12. exf5 gxf5


Now White is in for a world of trouble. During the game, I even believed my position was winning already.

How is White going to stop my e4, attacking three White pieces at the same time?

13. Rb1

White saves his rook – the most valuable of the three.


Now when I went for this move I did see that White can gain two pawns for the piece, and my King would be stripped bare. I also did see the move Nb4, which I correctly calculated would give Black a slight edge even if no material is won. But there’s no reason to run away from this move. It unblocks the dark square bishop, and picks up a White piece.

14. Nxe4 fxe4 15. Rxe4


White knows he’s in real trouble if he sits still so he immediately goes for an attack. It does look promising.

His plan is to swing the rook to the h-file, attacking my h7 pawn and then my King as well.


The nimzo-knight jumps to the rescue forking rook and bishop. If I can exchange White’s light square bishop off, his attack would grind to a halt, and I would win by material advantage.

16. Rh4


Now I couldn’t figure this out during the game. I knew that taking the bishop would blunt the attack, but what do I do once White recaptures with the queen?

Wouldn’t it be even more dangerous if a rook and queen were attacking h7, compared to just a rook and bishop?

So I’m an idiot, and there is in fact a simple solution. Nxd3 17. Qxd3 Bf5


Defending my pawn, skewering the White queen and rook – Black would be clearly winning. But the correct tactics are quite hard to find in the game itself. Instead of going for this, I played the crazy sacrifice…



You. Only. Live. Once. And thus the game descends into total madness.

This sacrifice removes the defender of White’s rook, allowing me to capture with the queen. If White just takes my rook, then I would just be two pieces up. Total greed, and totally winning.

The real problem is my h7 pawn. I haven’t done anything to defend it whatsoever.

17. Bxh7+


Now White is expecting me to retreat to f8, when he can safely pick up my sacrificed rook with check. Surely I won’t risk my life with Kh8, letting both the bishop and rook have their way with my King?



It takes some real courage to play this move. My king steps into a cage, where it cannot escape, with an angry rook plus bishop.

18. Rh5

White has to move because the discovered check, Bg6+ etc, doesn’t work if I can just smash the rook with my queen. If White had tried protecting the rook with g3 instead, things get really interesting.

18. g3 Qxh4!! 19. gxh4 Bg4 20. Bc2 Nf6


White’s attack is beaten off using a queen sacrifice. Well, I have two knights and a rook for the queen. Black, despite being queenless, has a clear advantage. The Black pieces have the power of sheer numbers, which can be aimed at White’s broken castle.



Keeping the White rook attacked so he cannot unleashed the discovered check. My rook is still left hanging.

19. Bg5

If White had tried cashing his check, I had a response ready: 19. Bg6+ Bxh5 20. Bxh5


Black would be a rook plus knight up. Simply overwhelming, I can just retreat my rook to f8, and White will have to resign.

So let’s look at the move played by my opponent:


He’s attacking my queen, while doing nothing about the multiple pieces hanging on the chessboard. It is an absurd position.


I block his attack with my knight, and now my knight is also attacking White’s rook and bishop.


20. Rh4

White moves his rook out of trouble. He has secured the h4 square from my queen and is really intending to cash his check now.



I still won’t let White get his discovered check. My rook is sacrificed, again, but I am uncovering an attack on White’s queen.

21. gxh3

This time White does take my rook.



Allowing me to take his queen.

22. Bg6+

The discovered check has much less venom with his queen off the board. White can’t summon the firepower needed for a mating attack.

Kg8 23. Rxd1


The fireworks over, Black is an awful lot of material up. It’s time to convert this to a win.

Qe7 24. Rg4 

White uses the pin on the queen to travel away from my knight.

Rf8 25. Rg3 Qe2 26. Rf1 Nce4


Transferring my knight for the attack. I’m running low on the clock now.

27. Re3 Qxa2 28. h4 Nd2 29. Re1 Ng4 30. Re8


White forms a battery on the e-file, but it will never reach my King.

Nf3+ 31. Kh1 Qxf2


Two knight, and a queen, against a lone King. 30 seconds left on the clock.

If I run out of time, I still lose this game.

32. Rxe8 Bxe8 33. Bf4


White covers the checkmate square on h2.


I take his last rook. Actually capturing with the Knight is even faster. But I have no time left to calculate.

 34. Kg2 Qe2+ 35. Kg3 Qxh2+ 36. Kxg4 Qg2+ 37. Kf5 Be7


The White king is slowly being sucked up the board towards my army. Too slowly.

Seven seconds left on the clock.

38. h5??

Fortunately, my opponent took a moment to secure his bishop. He could have dragged things a bit longer by running further up with ke6.



Coolly played, this checkmate finishes the game. In my favor.

Monkey Trap


The trap “consists of a hollowed-out coconut, chained to a stake. The coconut has some rice inside which can be grabbed through a small hole”. The monkey’s hand fits through the hole, but his clenched fist can’t fit back out. “The monkey is suddenly trapped.” – Guardian

There’s a trap like this in the Orangutan.

1. b4

Today our pawn is the bait.

e5 2. Bb2 Bxb4 3. Bxe5


At first, there is the problem of Black’s g7 square. It’s unprotected now that Black went on a pawn hunt.

Nf6 4. Nc3

We develop a knight, and seemingly block our own bishop from returning to b2.



Black rests on two assumptions, both of which are faulty.

  1. The first, being that White will not give up the bishop pair for a knight so early in the opening.
  2. Secondly, that it’s a good idea to kick the bishop.

5. Bxf6! Qxf6??

The other recapture, gxf6, infllicts serious structural damage on Black’s kingside. White would be better already.

6. Nd5


The knight forks not two but three pieces at once!


Black tucks his tail, goes home, abandons his bishop.

Various defences have been tried at this point. One of them gave up the bishop with Bxd2+ but the recapture with the King just leaves a piece up.

The most tenacious d is Qd4


Here Black’s hope is to give up his rook for active play. We shouldn’t accept 

Qd4 7. Nxc7+ Kd8 8. c3


An important interruption move. If we accepted the Black rook, then Black will force a draw with Bxd2+. We won’t let the monkey get away.

Bxc3 9. Rc1 Kxc7 10. e3 Qg4 11. Rxc3+ Nc6 12. Nf3


Not winning any material! But the compromised Black King, stuck on the queenside. The isolated Black d-pawn. White’s pawn majority in the center. And an active rook. We could not ask for a better opening. 

7. Nxb4

A clear piece up, the win is in sight.

a5 (and a draw offer)

Not sure why players beg for draws in clearly lost positions. I certainly never seen players offer a draw when ahead.

I declined.

8. Nd3 0-0 (and another draw offer)

At this point Black is just being annoying. What’s the idea behind asking for draws when your game is a lost cause? Eh “gimme a sympathy vote”? Bullshit. If you’re lost you should resign.

Quit begging, i told him.

9. e3 Re8 10. Be2 Bf5 11. Nf3 Nc6 12. 0-0 Qf6


The game continued normally with quiet moves. I just want to keep my position solid, trade pieces, and win the endgame.

13. Nf4

Clearing the way for my d-pawn to advance.


Black attacks my little pawn on c2.

14. Bd3 Bxd3 15. Nxd3


Not minding the doubled pawns if Black trades. I’m a whole piece up, mutual disarmament will favor me.

Right now it’s five pieces against four. When it becomes one piece against none, I win.


Black avoids the exchange.

16. Rb1 b6

It’s an open file and a b-pawn target for the rook.

17. a3


Not doing much, just taking the b4 square from Black’s active knight. Slow and solid wins the race when you are numerically superior. The kingdom of Wei proved this in the Romance of Three Kingdoms.


Black goes for an attack, because, it’s better to die fighting than to wait for an imperial takeover. It’s the strategy used by the Kingdom of Shu Han.

18. c4

Pushing the knight back once its open lines have been cut off.  Using my central pawn majority.

Ne7 19. Nf4 h4 20. d4


Although Black’s flank activity is aggressive, I’ve taken over the centre of the board which will deeply restrict the scope of Black’s pieces. And this pawn chain is quite solid so there is no danger for White.


Oh look, a second black pawn.

21. Nd3 Qg6 22. Re1 f5


Black adds a third pawn for his assault.

23. Nd2 g4 24. f4


Putting an end to Black’s expansion.


Black tries to open a line for his pieces.

25. h3

Not allowed to trespass!


Pawns interlocking, the black pieces have no clear view of the White King. I will be perfectly safe on g1.

Nc6 26. Nf3

But now Black’s incomplete assault has left holes for the counter-attack. This square is one of those holes.

Qh7 27. d5 Ne7


Again, my center pawn majority repels the Black knight from closing into my position.

28. Ng5

Another hole, and a good outpost for my knight. Incidentally attacking the Black queen.

Qh6 29. Qa4


Now my queen will join the fun.

Ng6 30. Qd7


Black cannot save both his attacked pawns.

Re7 31. Qxf5 Rae8


The Black rooks angrily gang up against my backward e-pawn.

32. Ne6

Frontal shielding.

Also stops Rf8 as a bonus.


Black tries to evict the knight.

33. Qg5+ Qxg5 34. Nxg5


I allow Black to capture my pawn, but I’ve extracted a heavy price by removing queens from the board. The situation is now four pieces against three.

Rxe3 35. Rxe3 Rxe3 36. Rd1


Accepting the pawn means it’s now three pieces against two.


Black’s wandering knight is still trying to break into my locked position.

37. Ne6

Attacking Black’s c7 pawn.


Black abandons it – no way to defend.

38. f5


I decided not to capture. Well taking is fine. But i prefer to get a knight to f4, forming an interlocking knight calvacade.

Ne4. 39. Nef4 Nc3 40. Re1


Made possible because my d3 knight is now protected.

Now the rooks are forced into a trade because Black has no room to dodge.

Rxe1 41. Nxe1


Now two pieces against one!

Nb1 42. Nc2 Nd2 43. Ne3


Black can try as hard as he likes. His lone knight isn’t a match for my two knights.

Nb1 44. Ne6

Letting Black have the a-pawn because i’m getting his c-pawn.

Nxa3 45. Nxc7 Nb1 46. Nb5 a4 47. Nc2


Black may have the a-pawn, but his lone knight cannot sneak it past my two. The disparity in power is just too much.


It’s down to the king now.

48. Kf1

I have a king too, u know.

Ke7 49. Ke2 Kf6 50. Kd1 


Forcing Black to trade his last piece. Or else I am killing that knight.


Black is tired of letting me dictate terms. He chooses death rather than capitulation.

51. Kc1

It shall be death, then.


The black knight has run out of squares.

Ke4 52. Kxb1

Two knights against a lone king now.

Ke3 53. Nxd6


Not only capturing a pawn, but protecting my own at the same time.


Black’s last hope is to visit my Kingside where Black does possess a significant space advantage. If he can win my g-pawn, those passed pawns could be quite dangerous.

54. Nf4 Kf2 55. Nce3


And that’s taken care of with minimal fuss.

a3 56. d6 a2+ 57. Kxa2 b5 58. cxb5

Black just wants to die quickly now. He gives up two pawns.


Or he could have waited for my very slow king to capture them one by one. Not interested? Well I didn’t think so.

Ke2 59. d7 Kf2 60. d8Q  Ke2 61. b6!


If its worth killing its worth overkilling. My opponent must be severely punished for his repeated draw offers.

Kf2 62. b7 Ke2 63. b8Q Ke1

Black is hoping for Qb2?? stalemate. Well I’m four pieces vs zero. A draw shall not happen.


64. Qd7

Giving black the move back so he has to step onto the second rank. Qd1+ mates also, but is not punishing enough.

To pay for his sins, Black must be forced to ask for his own death. That’s the only way.

Ke2 65. Qb2+ Ke1 66. Qd1# 


A pretty mate on the 66th move.


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