ROME 22/10 – Day 29: Procession and Precision

Today we had a sunrise at. It was at 7:37. I think we will have a sunset at 18:11, but who knows? The Ave Maria should ring: 18:30. It is a dies non so priests can choose Votive Masses, particularly a Mass of Our Lady on Saturday. However, in the Martyrology it says: At Jerusalem, the birthday of blessed Narcissus, a bishop distinguished for holiness, patience and faith, who went to the kingdom of God at the age of one hundred and sixteen years.

My days are shortening in Rome in more way than one.

Today, the annual procession to St. Peter’s Basilica for Mass at the Altar of the Chair… or where the Altar of the Chair used to be.  That’s a story.

Yesterday evening, The Great Roman™ and I met up for steaks and great conversation.  That was a great birthday present in itself.  And I thank all of you who sent greetings for my birthday.   Not in the sense of St. Narcissus of Jerusalem, of course.

A shot from the Pontifical Vespers last night at the Pantheon, St. Mary of the Martyrs.

A well known oak.

I have a hard time expressing in words what I think about this.

Moving on…  BLACK to move.  You should see this one pretty quickly, but you have to be precise.

Thanksgiving isn’t far.

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  1. Kentucky Gent says:

    Take advantage of the pin on the b-pawn:
    2.Qxc3 Rxc3

  2. Kentucky Gent says:

    Found something better!

    If 2.Kxb2? then black has 2…Nxc4+, winning the queen.

    As some wise grandmaster once said, if you find a good move, look for a better one!

  3. Neal says:

    1. …Bxb2+
    2. Kxb2 Nc4+
    3. Bxc4 Qxg3


    1. …Bxb2+
    2. Ka2 Bxc3

    So white loses a knight, a pawn, and a defensible structure around his king.

  4. Neal says:

    Kentucky Gent: the problem with your first plan is 3. bxa3, losing the bishop.

  5. Maximillian says:

    “Yesterday evening, The Great Roman™ and I met up for steaks and great conversation.”

    I’ll bet Pope Francis’ ears were burning!

    [I’m not sure that he came up. It was a nice evening.]

  6. Kentucky Gent says:

    Neal, The first line doesn’t “lose” the bishop, it is a piece trade, bishop for knight.

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