I am white here. I play 13. Rh1 to free the knight from the pin, and more importantly, to place the rook on the file I want to open, rightly or wrongly…it’s not so often you play Rh1 in the opening huh?

Anyone can escape into sleep, we are all geniuses when we dream; the butcher’s the poet’s equal there.

Emile Cioran

Diggle lives on; that aside, when did Vauxhall gain their very own chess club? Answers on a postcard only please… .


IMG_20170725_153107I am not yet sure who wrote this yet sure it was either Sweby or Diggle. It ends with the adverbial clause ‘Luton had the move on the odd-numbered boards’. That is more like Diggle than Sweby but could be either, I suppose… .

The ideally lucid, hence ideally normal, man should have no recourse beyond the nothing that is in him.

Emile Cioran

In The Luton News dated:


An account of the Fleming Trophy appears. I am assuming it was written by Sweby rather than Diggle, given that the latter is referred to in the third person. You would assume that Diggle would also refrain from dropping the ‘h’  that his middle name begins with in written English and probably spoken English too for that matter. A strong Bedfordshire team won the day!


To want fame is to prefer dying scorned than forgotten.

Emile Cioran

Hello my good friends. Please help avert a crisis of epic proportions. Assiduous as they were, my inescapably meticulous efforts to catalogue all my videos so neatly have been hit hard by a solitary remaining avi.

I cannot tell whether the video I took was at a chess tournament or a heavy metal concert I went to long, long ago. That might sound incredulous, however, the sound is lost and the action does not appear…all that can be seen is the audience, nothing more.

I once went to a tournament with a huge gathering which, upon seeing the Berlin Defence unleashed, went wild, thus I cannot tell which folder this video belongs to.

Please assist here, is it chess or heavy metal?

Chess teaches foresight, by having to plan ahead; vigilance, by having to keep watch over the whole chess board; caution, by having to restrain ourselves from making hasty moves; and finally, we learn from chess the greatest maxim in life – that even when everything seems to be going badly for us we should not lose heart, but always hoping for a change for the better, steadfastly continue searching for the solutions to our problems.

Benjamin Franklin

Climbing to the upper echelons in our beautiful game after overcoming the abject disappointment of last year’s world championship match, has suddenly become so pleasantly surprising.

I found this game, which not only exemplifies the artifice of those greatest but also reminds us how advantageous we are to have such great commentary by Super GM Peter Svidler in our digitalized world.

Aronian’s thoughts can be found here:

Our contortions, visible or secret, we communicate to the planet; already it trembles even as we do, it suffers the contagion of our crises and, as this grand malaise spreads, it vomits us forth, cursing us the while.

Emile Cioran

The cursed Luton chess club has found a new venue within Luton itself !!?? It can now be found in Wardown Bowling Club. It’s the best location had for some time in what is. perhaps, the prettiest part of Luton.


Mr. P. Montgomery in action.

LC Photoshoots 197

Wardown Park


The bowling club

It can be found in Wardown Park itself by the bowling green as the pictures above suggest. It’s a friendly clubhouse with a bar itself and members who are welcoming. As you know British people are the best in the world at bowls but the Kazhaks are second to none, as the video below shows.

At the new venue, Luton Chess Club meets every Thursday. Don’t turn up tipsy like I just did.



‘Whatever his qualities, a healthy person cannot help but disappoint us.

Emile Cioran

This is a ‘not chess’ tagged post. If you came here just to read about chess then refer back to the title of the website: I was away for some time because —-DELETED—- .

Anyway, I am back now…

The evidence of why I was away [contains two chess references] can be seen here…


Life is more important than chess!

Your move…