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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Diwali chess fireworks!

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Hi everyone,

The Indian subcontinent and some other countries are celebrating a very important festival today - The 'Festival of Lights' or Diwali, or Deepawali. It's a big event in the region 

There is a whole night of fireworks, prayers and even gambling to welcome the Goddess of Wealth - it signifies the triumph of good over evil. Diwali is an official holiday in IndiaNepal, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Mauritius, Guyana, Trinidad & Tobago,Suriname, Malaysia, Singapore, and Fiji.

We wish all our friends a happy and prosperous Diwali and what better way to enjoy it than our own 'fireworks' on the chessboard. Enjoy.

White to play and win

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  • At October 26, 2011 at 1:02 PM , Anonymous Amrit Puri Knights Chess Club New Delhi said...

    Hey greetings to you too Chess Queen It's a huge event here in India. Fireworks all night Wish you prosperity and success - the traditional greetings on the occasion.

  • At October 26, 2011 at 1:08 PM , Anonymous Abdul Majid, Dubai said...

    Greetings. Oh so you have also wow just checking. thanks for carrying my comments. We have great celebrations happening in Dubai too.

  • At October 26, 2011 at 1:13 PM , Anonymous Alexis Cochran, New Zealand said...

    super puzzles Have fun with your training chess queen. and yes happy and prosperous diwali we have the whole indian community celebrating out here and of course everyone joining in.

  • At October 26, 2011 at 1:15 PM , Anonymous erfanhadizadeh said...

    Greetings. Nice chess site.

  • At October 26, 2011 at 1:24 PM , Anonymous Symeon, Athens said...

    Chesskillertips rocks have picked up 100 points online in last one month. Greetings for the festival too everyone.

  • At October 26, 2011 at 1:34 PM , Anonymous Brenda Kroll, Berlin said...

    Too difficult for me. Greetings everyone. We've got celebrations happening here in berlin too. Have fun.

  • At October 26, 2011 at 1:37 PM , Anonymous Aaron, Wurzburg said...

    Great studies. All the best with your training Chess Queen.

  • At October 26, 2011 at 1:50 PM , Anonymous CONRAD EKBERT, ONTARIO said...

    I like the mix of easy, medium and hard puzzles and studies of chess here on the blog. But frankly these are a bit too difficult.

  • At October 26, 2011 at 2:08 PM , Anonymous Sebastian Wolff, NY said...

    Happy festival season to everyone in Asia. Nice 'fireworks'. Gives me an idea. Later tonight we celebrate Diwali with some Indian friends so we will play chess too.

  • At October 26, 2011 at 2:11 PM , Anonymous J.L. Vienna said...

    Yeah I was in India once on the occasion and gosh it was too much for me too handle. Nevertheless greetings everyone. Let's stick to fireworks on the chess board.

  • At October 26, 2011 at 2:20 PM , Anonymous S Neta, Trinidad said...

    Everytme we defeat our inner evil,we resist the wrong and do the right, It is diwali - homecoming of our consciousness. Bless All.

  • At October 26, 2011 at 2:22 PM , Anonymous Miguel said...

    Isn't chess also the White versus over Black - Good over evil - knowledge over ignorance. Nice puzzles to celebrate the spirit of the season. Keep up the good work folks.

  • At October 26, 2011 at 2:32 PM , Anonymous ST, Pune, India said...

    Greetings. I love chess killer tips

  • At October 26, 2011 at 2:34 PM , Anonymous Lorena, Madrid said...

    feliz diwali gracias

  • At October 26, 2011 at 2:37 PM , Anonymous Saira Fernandes, Madrid said...

    Thankfully someone didn't start off a white vs demented discussion on the post. Happy Diwali everyone. We have quite an Indian community here in Madrid too. Nice puzzles - but I agree a tad difficult this Wednesday. Looking forward to some easy ones over the weekend. Come to Spain Chess Queen - you never do :(

  • At October 26, 2011 at 5:33 PM , Anonymous J.S. kuala lumpur chess club - west said...

    ​This Diwali, may you be blessed with good fortune as long as Ganeshji's trunk, wealth and prosperity as big as his stomach, happiness as sweet as his ladoos and may your trouble be as small as his mouse! Happy Diwali All! THATS A TRADITIONAL GREETING EVEN IF IT SOUNDS FUNNY. JUST GOOGLE GANESH AND YOU WILL FIGURE OUT. HAPPY CHESS EVERYONE

  • At October 26, 2011 at 5:36 PM , Anonymous birendra thapa, kathmandu said...

    Please give sime checkmates in two also. Greetings for festivities also.

  • At October 27, 2011 at 5:17 AM , Anonymous Keith Schmidt, Berlin said...

    Greetings from Germany. Nice puzzles. I also saw your endgames on chessbase. Real neat.


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