Monthly Archives: June 2016


Muhammad AliMuhammad Ali died 4 days ago. I remember watching the great documentary ‘When We Were Kings’ about him in the world title fight in Zaire. The documentary covered the fight and highlighted Ali’s charisma beautifully – a champion in the ring and in the fight for racial equality. I mention this because in a game this Sunday at a rapid tournament I felt I had been up against the ropes until I noticed a tactical sequence that ended in a knockout. At the board I was reminded of Ali’s knockout in which he lands a crushing blow to George Foreman but instead of following up with another blow he holds back to watch the effect of his right hand. In the same way my checkmate was inevitable, beautiful and restrained. Find the forced checkmate. The answer is in my ‘Five years in the making’ post.