12th Jun 2018

CIPC #72: Maigret S35, Mon ami Maigret

I have a conjecture: every sufficiently well-known fictional detective will sooner or later be confronted with chess. A slightly – but only very slightly – stronger variation of this conjecture...

05th Jun 2018

CIPC #71: Budd, The chess board

It is time to bring some culture to this blog again – and nothing screams culture like some classical painting. Besides, the last time I did this, it went quite...

29th May 2018

CIPC #70: Chess board box covers

I found a new bizarre niche of CIPC material to get lost in! You can go online, find some pictures of cheap chess sets and revel in the weirdness of...

22nd May 2018

CIPC #69: The hound of the Baskervilles

Long, long time ago, when I started this blog, I already knew that, inevitably, I would end up talking about Sherlock Holmes. I don’t think there is any mention of...

16th May 2018

CIPC #68: The hateful eight

Tarantino syndrome is a disease which has been affecting many young movies, often with a great pedigree, for decades now. A textbook case is offered by the hateful eight.1 At...

08th May 2018

CIPC #67: Barneby wand decoration

In every big city you can find a games bar nowadays; a place where you can get together to play boardgames with friends1 while having a drink and possibly some...

01st May 2018

CIPC #66: “Weird Al” Yankovic, White & Nerdy

Parody is a tricky genre. When it fails, it tends to fall completely flat, but when it succeeds, ah, then you might just get a masterpiece. Like Mozart’s Musikalischer SpaƟ,...

28th Apr 2018
BOBCH #5: Nielsen vs. O’Kelly de Galway (1954-56)

BOBCH #5: Nielsen vs. O’Kelly de Galway (1954-56)

By now, there are several thousands of games on this site. How is one supposed to find games that are interesting? The answer is that one is not. One can,...

24th Apr 2018

CIPC #65: The cinema snob S11 E13, Mighty muffin pounder rangers

Judging the quality of entertainment is an age-old tradition – probably about half an hour younger than entertainment itself – but it, like so many things, has been profoundly changed...

17th Apr 2018

CIPC #64: Back to the future part III

This is going to be a huge disappointment. Just imagine: for more than a year, my fans1 have been waiting, silently fearing my blog would die before I’d get there,...