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ACTION ITEM! NEEDED – Traditionalist Catholic Titled Chess Player

It often happens that when I ask you for help to find something out or explain something – BAM! – within hours, sometimes minutes – an answer arrives. I’m looking for a Tradition-leaning Catholic titled chess player.  What do I … Read More

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Daily Rome Shot 744 – The day of days

Welcome new registrant: MAK At the Piazza Navona there is a store that has many chess sets for sale.  For example, various crusaders going at each other.  Right Click for larger. I don’t enjoy playing with fancy pieces.  I like … Read More

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ROME 23/05 – Day 03: Relics, rabbits and rates

Today the sun rose at 06:02. This evening the sun will set at 20:18. The Ave Maria Bell will not ring at 20:15, though it should. In the Novus calendar it is the Feast of Sts. Philip and James the … Read More

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Daily Rome Shot 645 and an Action Item!

Photo by The Great Roman™ Welcome registrants: jerryforZ Christine Rose Meanwhile, NB: I’ll hold comments with solutions ’till the next day so there won’t be “spoilers” for others. Interested in learning?  Try THIS. Meanwhile, at Tata Steel, Magnus Carlsen has … Read More

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Completely crazy game and a bold move

I simply am compelled to bring this to your attention.  Even if you are not so much into chess… tua maxima culpa – you can see how totally nuts this game was between Hungarian Richard Rapport (now playing for Romania) … Read More

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Daily Rome Shot 583, etc.

Simple and simply wonderful. The pasta are ferretti, made from flour and water. With salmon, zest from various citrus, and dill.  I have to do this one myself.  The trick will be the “manticare” stage.  I ate out only about … Read More

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ROME 22/10 – Day 4: A stroll and an “I dunno”

In Rome sunrise, still to take place as I write this part of this post, will be at 7:08. It will appear to set at 18:49 and the Ave Maria is in the 19:00 phase. It is the Dies Natalis … Read More

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Daily Rome Shot 571, etc.

From a friend in Rome, today. TAN BOOKS has been faithful for years. Their recent titles are excellent. I’m just now looking at their new edition of the Seven Last Words of St. Bonaventure, due out later. Priestly chess players, … Read More

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Daily Rome Shot 555, etc., high drama

High chess drama in St Louis yesterday where the Sinquefield Cup is underway with some of the best players in the world… except… Yesterday the arguably-best-player-ever, Magnus Carlsen, stunned everyone by withdrawing from the tourney with a cryptic comment intimating … Read More

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Daily Rome Shot 546, etc.

27 August 1972. Bobby Fischer of the United States and defending champion Boris Spassky of the Soviet Union sat down for Game 19 of the Match of the Century in the Laugardalshöll Arena in Reykjavík, Iceland. On this same day … Read More

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Daily Rome Shot 535, etc.

Please remember me when shopping online. Thanks in advance.US HERE – UK HERE Today, no news from Iceland in 1972. Let’s try an experiment. My opponent went for a Bird and I countered with From.  I hoped it would go into a King’s … Read More

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Daily Rome Shot 512, etc., including a chess playing robot and an unfortunate 7 year old

Today is National Wine and Cheese Day! 10% off with code FATHERZ10 In Chess News… 50 years ago today in Iceland, Boris had white and Bobby had black. The Najdorf (pronounced “nai-dorf”) Sicilian was on the board. Fischer had the … Read More

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Daily Rome Shot 510, etc.

Help the great Norcia Benedictines.  GREAT beer.  Try it with sausage and a sharp cheese. Your use of my Amazon affiliate link is a major part of my income. It helps to pay for insurance, groceries, everything. Please remember me … Read More

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50 years ago: 11 July 1972 – Spassky-Fischer – Game 1 (Nimzo-Indian)

I had learned to play chess from my grandfather and, by the time 1972 came around, I was well into competitions. I spent a good share of my youth in the summers in the West, Montana and Wyoming.  Let’s just … Read More

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Just Too Cool: Salt and Pepper repurposed

This is a really fun bit of correspondence.  For you chess lovers, or … perhaps flea market and collecting lovers… From a reader… Dear Father Zed, or Father Zee (as we say up here north of the 49th!!) For several … Read More

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ROME 22/6 – DAY 8: A Spanish Saint, Tomato & Pig Cheek Sauce, Brutal Self-Assessment

In Rome sunrise was at 5:32 and, though we may not see it for the clouds, sunset is scheduled for 20:47.   The Ave Maria bell ought to be a 21:00. This is the splendidly illuminated S. Maria in Monserrato, named … Read More

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My View For Awhile: Zwischenzug edition

Heading home for the brief stretch before I head to Italy. Highlights from my time in … The Rome of the West.

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Daily Rome Shot 439, etc.

Photo by Jacob Stein Daily Mass Fervorino HERE WORDLE        

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A chessy post not without obiter dicta – UPDATED (more pics)

UPDATE 9 Dec 21: One of you wrote: “But Father! But Father!  You showed interior of the finished board and some pieces, but you didn’t show a photo of it set up!  Inquiring minds…” Okay,  that’s fair.  Scroll to the … Read More

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On chess and gratitude and a dig at the loony Left

First and foremost, thank you to the reader who sent from my wishlist (‘happy birthday to me’) the wonderful “Lewis” chessmen, found on Lewis Island in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland, not at Lewes in Sussex where friends of mine … Read More

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