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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
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Jul 23, 10

it was ok
bookshelves: children, science-fiction
Read in January, 2005

Here be dragons. With whimsical names. Sigh.
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message 1: by Robert (new)

Robert Welsh Green? Welsh Green! I know a certain Symbol of Wales that is really upset about that. (See profile pic.)

Manny Robert wrote: "Welsh Green? Welsh Green! I know a certain Symbol of Wales that is really upset about that. (See profile pic.)"

Too damn right. I have played chess under the Welsh flag, and it's a straightforward insult to one of my countries.

I challenged J.K. Rowling to a chess match for stakes of one million pounds, winner takes all. I told her that her honour was at stake. She never even replied to my letter. Coward.

message 3: by Robert (new)

Robert Do tell me more about playing chess for Wales!

Manny Robert wrote: "Do tell me more about playing chess for Wales!"

After some poking around on Google:

Dull, dull, dull:

[Event "22nd olm final":]
[Site "Haifa ISR":]
[Date "1976.10.27":]
[Round "3":]
[White "Milbers, Paul LUX":]
[Black "Rayner, Emmanuel WLS":]
[Result "1/2-1/2":]
[WhiteElo "2205":]
[ECO "A04":]
[EventDate "1976.10.25":]
[PlyCount "90":]

1.g3 g6 2.Bg2 Bg7 3.Nf3 e5 4.e4 c5 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.d3 Nge7 7.O-O O-O 8.Nh4 d6
9.f4 exf4 10.Bxf4 Nd4 11.Kh1 Be6 12.Nf3 Nxf3 13.Qxf3 Qd7 14.Bg5 f6 15.Bf4
b5 16.Qe2 Rae8 17.Qd2 d5 18.exd5 Nxd5 19.Nxd5 Bxd5 20.Bxd5+ Qxd5+ 21.Qg2
Qd7 22.Rae1 f5 23.Be3 Rc8 24.b3 Rfe8 25.Bd2 c4 26.Rxe8+ Rxe8 27.dxc4 bxc4
28.bxc4 Re4 29.Re1 Qd4 30.Rxe4 fxe4 31.Qe2 Bf8 32.Qe3 Qxc4 33.Qb3 Qxb3 34.
cxb3 Bc5 35.Kg2 Kf7 36.Kf1 Ke6 37.Ke2 a6 38.b4 Be7 39.a4 Kd5 40.b5 axb5
41.axb5 Kc5 42.Bf4 Kxb5 43.Ke3 Kc6 44.Kxe4 Bf6 45.Be5 Bd8 1/2-1/2


[Event "22nd olm final":]
[Site "Haifa ISR":]
[Date "1976.10.28":]
[Round "4":]
[White "Ferreira, Oscar PAR":]
[Black "Rayner, Emmanuel WLS":]
[Result "1-0":]
[ECO "D98":]
[EventDate "1976.10.25":]
[PlyCount "90":]

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.Qb3 dxc4 6.Qxc4 O-O 7.e4 Bg4 8.Be2
Nfd7 9.Be3 Nc6 10.Rd1 Bxf3 11.gxf3 e5 12.dxe5 Ncxe5 13.Qa4 Qc8 14.f4 Nb6
15.Qb3 Nc6 16.h4 h5 17.f5 gxf5 18.Rg1 Ne5 19.Bh6 Ng4 20.Bxg7 Kxg7 21.f3
Qe8 22.fxg4 fxg4 23.Qb5 Qxb5 24.Bxb5 c6 25.Bd3 Rae8 26.Kf2 Nd7 27.Kg3 Nc5
28.Bc2 a5 29.Rgf1 Re5 30.Rf5 f6 31.Rd6 Rxf5 32.exf5 Re8 33.Kf2 Re7 34.Ne2
Rd7 35.Rxd7+ Nxd7 36.Nf4 Kh6 37.Ne6 Ne5 38.Be4 b6 39.b3 c5 40.Nf4 c4 41.
Nd5 b5 42.bxc4 Nxc4 43.Nxf6 Nd6 44.Bc2 b4 45.Nd5 Kg7 1-0

Even more embarrassing:

[Event "22nd olm final":]
[Site "Haifa ISR":]
[Date "1976.10.31":]
[Round "6":]
[White "Rayner, Emmanuel WLS":]
[Black "Amos, Bruce CAN":]
[Result "0-1":]
[BlackElo "2420":]
[ECO "B96":]
[EventDate "1976.10.25":]
[PlyCount "44":]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 e6 7.f4 b5 8.e5 dxe5
9.fxe5 Qc7 10.Qe2 Nfd7 11.O-O-O Bb7 12.Qg4 Qxe5 13.Bxb5 axb5 14.Rhe1 h5
15.Qh4 Qc5 16.Qg3 Bc6 17.Ndxb5 Bxb5 18.Rd5 Bc6 19.Qc7 Na6 20.Rxc5 Nxc7 21.
Rxc6 Na6 22.Nb5 Be7 0-1

Disappointing after a good opening:

[Event "22nd olm final":]
[Site "Haifa ISR":]
[Date "1976.11.02":]
[Round "8":]
[White "Rayner, Emmanuel WLS":]
[Black "Woodhams, Michael AUS":]
[Result "1/2-1/2":]
[BlackElo "2430":]
[ECO "B42":]
[EventDate "1976.10.25":]
[PlyCount "75":]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 a6 5.Bd3 Nf6 6.O-O Qc7 7.Kh1 d6 8.f4
Nbd7 9.Qe2 b6 10.c4 Bb7 11.Nc3 Be7 12.Bd2 O-O 13.Rae1 Rad8 14.Rf3 Rfe8 15.
Rh3 Nf8 16.Nf3 d5 17.cxd5 Bc5 18.dxe6 Rxe6 19.Ng5 Re7 20.e5 Qd7 21.Nce4
Nxe4 22.Nxe4 Qxh3 23.gxh3 Red7 24.Bxa6 Rxd2 25.Bxb7 Rxe2 26.Rxe2 Rd1+ 27.
Kg2 Rg1+ 28.Kf3 Rf1+ 29.Kg3 Bd4 30.Ng5 Rg1+ 31.Rg2 Rxg2+ 32.Bxg2 h6 33.Ne4
Bxb2 34.Nd6 g5 35.Bd5 gxf4+ 36.Kxf4 Ng6+ 37.Kf5 Nxe5 38.Nc4 1/2-1/2

Ha! Someone else's turn to feel robbed:

[Event "22nd olm final":]
[Site "Haifa ISR":]
[Date "1976.11.04":]
[Round "10":]
[White "Rayner, Emmanuel WLS":]
[Black "Saren, Ilkka FIN":]
[Result "1-0":]
[BlackElo "2350":]
[ECO "C68":]
[EventDate "1976.10.25":]
[PlyCount "79":]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Bxc6 dxc6 5.O-O Bd6 6.d4 exd4 7.Qxd4 f6 8.Re1
Ne7 9.Nbd2 Be6 10.Nc4 Bxh2+ 11.Kxh2 Qxd4 12.Nxd4 Bxc4 13.Nf5 g6 14.Nxe7
Kxe7 15.e5 f5 16.Bg5+ Kf7 17.Rad1 Be6 18.Kg3 c5 19.Rh1 h5 20.Kf4 a5 21.g3
a4 22.a3 Ra5 23.Rd2 Rb5 24.c3 Rc8 25.Kf3 Rb3 26.Rh4 c4 27.Rhd4 b5 28.Kf4
c5 29.Rd6 b4 30.Ra6 bxc3 31.Ra7+ Kg8 32.bxc3 Rxc3 33.Re7 Rd3 34.Rxd3 cxd3
35.Rxe6 c4 36.Ke3 Rb8 37.Rxg6+ Kh7 38.Rc6 Rb3 39.Rxc4 Rxa3 40.e6 1-0

50% is never a bad score :)

[Event "22nd olm final":]
[Site "Haifa ISR":]
[Date "1976.11.06":]
[Round "11":]
[White "Velasquez Ojeda, Cesar CHI":]
[Black "Rayner, Emmanuel WLS":]
[Result "0-1":]
[WhiteElo "2340":]
[ECO "B40":]
[EventDate "1976.10.25":]
[PlyCount "106":]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Bd3 d5 6.exd5 Qxd5 7.O-O Bd7 8.Nb5
Bxb5 9.Nc3 Qd8 10.Bxb5+ Nbd7 11.Bg5 a6 12.Ba4 Be7 13.Qf3 O-O 14.Rad1 b5
15.Bb3 Qc7 16.Ne4 Rfe8 17.Rfe1 Nxe4 18.Bxe7 Rxe7 19.Rxe4 Rae8 20.Rh4 Nc5
21.Qh5 h6 22.c3 Nxb3 23.axb3 e5 24.Rd3 Rd7 25.Rg3 Qd6 26.h3 Qd1+ 27.Kh2
Qxh5 28.Rxh5 Kh7 29.Rf5 f6 30.c4 Rd2 31.cxb5 axb5 32.Rc3 Rxb2 33.Rc7 Kg6
34.Rf3 e4 35.Rg3+ Kf5 36.Rgxg7 Rxf2 37.Rb7 Re5 38.Rbe7 Rxe7 39.Rxe7 Rb2
40.Kg1 Rxb3 41.Rh7 e3 42.Kf1 Rb2 43.Rxh6 b4 44.g4+ Ke5 45.Rh5+ Ke4 46.Rb5
b3 47.g5 fxg5 48.Rxg5 Rb1+ 49.Ke2 b2 50.Rg4+ Kf5 51.Rb4 Rh1 52.Rb5+ Kf4
53.Rb4+ Kg3 0-1

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