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"Imperfection is not the tragedy of chess, but its attraction"
Australian Chess Brilliancies
The British Chess Championships are underway at Pond’s Forge in
- The Grossest Blunder Award: This is the blue riband event! Did you or your opponent leave a piece hanging, over-look a simple checkmate or touch a piece that then had to be moved with disastrous consequences. Maybe the ultimate sacrilege of resigning in a won or drawn position was committed. The more tragic-comic the circumstances the better.
- The Dullest Game Award: In this competition both participants share the glory. Did you plumb the depths of a particularly tedious opening variation, chop wood down to bare kings with the speed and efficiency of a chainsaw, or agree peace-terms only minutes after shaking hands to say “Hi”.
- The Obduracy Award: “Soldiering on” in a futile situation is not generally a characteristic that garners the highest praise. We think that’s wrong. Did your opponent force you to play to the bitter end after blundering a queen and a rook? Perhaps you overturned overwhelming odds to scrounge a draw, or even snatched victory from the jaws of defeat.
As entries come in we'll be posting the best (worst?) candidates right here so do come back to see the what crimes have been committed on a day by day basis.