Entries invited from girls and boys in age range 3-13, £5 entry fee. Please enter by 20 Nov, as no entries on the day to help with administration and ensure a prompt start. For more information and entry form please go to “Junior Chess” above. Run by Dorset County Chess Association and principal organiser is Junior Chess Officer, Eric Sachs
Weekly chess for Juniors resumed at Bournemouth Library from 16/9 and it is hoped you will be able to attend as many morning sessions as possible session until Christmas.
Eric Sachs, Dorset Junior Chess Officer reports “For this term we plan to have more competitions and the first one is scheduled on the Saturday, 4 November when we have will hold a 6 round rapid play competition for all. This will be in conjunction with a National Library games day which will be played all around the UK”. For more information from Eric and other Dorset Junior Chess news, please click on “Junior Chess” on the main menu bar
DORSET CHESS WELCOME
Dorset is a good choice of county in which to play chess! Over 200 players actively take part in regular club matches and competitions. There are 2 major congresses each year, the Grand and the Dorset Open, plus a Rapidplay held in March. On Sunday, 17 September 2017 the 1st Dorset Blitz Championships successfully took place in Wareham. The Controller was Steve Peirson. In July & August last year, 2016, the 103rd British Championships were held in Bournemouth, with record individual entries – very much down to the considerable efforts of Dorset Chess Association officials Martin Simons and Ian Clark. Clubs playing in the Dorset County and Bournemouth & District Leagues also gave generous financial support to help enable the event to take place.
Finally, chess for juniors is highly organised including coaching and several congresses. Dorset Junior Chess Officer is Eric Sachs.
Keith Gregory was a convincing Dorset Blitz Champion - Martin Simons analyses one of his wins against Grzegorz Sawicki (Southbourne)
Martin writes “here is one of the many good games from Keith Gregory who scored an excellent unbeaten 9 out of 10 in the top section, a worthy Dorset Blitz champion!”
Picture – Keith Gregory (left) is presented with the Dorset Blitz trophy by Organiser Steve Peirson
1st Dorset Blitz – Furzebrook Village Hall 17th September 2017
White: Keith Gregory (180) Black: Grzegorz Sawicki (165)
1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 d5 3. g3 e6 4. Bg2 dxc4 5. Na3 a6 6. Nxc4 b5?
This move looks too ambitious as it opens up the long diagonal for Keith’s Bishop on g2.
This allows a nice sacrifice but Keith doesn’t spot it immediately.
9… Kxf7 10. Ng5+ Kg6 11. Nxe6
Due to the short time control Keith plays the ‘safer’ winning move. Had he had more time I am sure he would have noticed that he could sacrifice the Knight on g5 with 11. Qc2+!
11… Qc8 12. Qc2+ Kf7 13. Ng5+ Ke8
4 of Black’s last 5 moves have been to move the King to g6 and then back to e8! However, his material advantage is not relevant as he is so weak on the light squares.
- Qb3! Nc5 15. Qf7+ Kd8 16. d4!
White’s pressure is relentless.
16… Bxg2 17. dxc5 Bh3?
The Bishop had to go back to d5 but this would have only prolonged the agony and game.
- Rd1+ Nd7
Keith now has many ways to finish the game, perhaps 19. Ne6+ and 20. Bg5+ would have been the quickest but with only 10 minutes for the whole game, Keith chooses an equally effective way.
- Nxh3 Be7 20. Bg5 Re8 21. c6 h6 22. Nf4!
It’s mate in 2 so Black resigns. Simple but effective chess from Keith. Well played! 1-0
Dorset Chess Association supports and encourages chess playing throughout the county
To view club details and make contact with secretaries etc, please see details by clicking on B&DCL & Dorset League on main menu above. Some clubs have websites and links to these are through the menu at the foot of this home page.
If you seek social and informal chess during the day, the Bournemouth, Southbourne, Poole & Wimborne clubs run sessions typically in café type settings. Please click on “Relaxed and casual chess” below
Relaxed and casual chess locally
You may be interested in more informal chess and there are currently these weekly opportunities: Monday Kinson Community Centre, Kinson 1.45pm to 5pm Tuesday Ludo Lounge, Southbourne Grove, Bournemouth 2.30pm to 5pm; Wednesday Flirt Café Chess Club, Bournemouth 2.30pm to 5pm; Thursday Royal British Legion, Wimborne from 10am; Friday The Crooked Book, Boscombe 11am to 1pm
(There are no board fees, but chess players are expected to buy a drink, i.e tea/coffee/soft drink or something to eat)
Laws of Chess
Here is a link to the FIDE website and the laws of chess: Laws of Chess
The laws run into many pages; listed below are a few of the less understood ones:
Extracts from the FIDE Laws of Chess (as at July ’17)
(“his” also refers to “her”; in the context of non-congress chess, like our league games, assume we should read “captain[s]” for “arbiter” )
Please also refer to the B&DCL Rules (updated June ’17) and the Captains Notes, both on the website
End of extracts. July’17