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2017
Oct

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.

Steve Bailey fund raising

Keith Gregory was a convincing Dorset Blitz Champion - Martin Simons analyses one of his wins against Grzegorz Sawicki (Southbourne)

Dorset Blitz Champion Keith Gregory

 

 

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.

   7.Nce5 Bb7?

This allows a nice sacrifice but Keith doesn’t spot it immediately.

  1. O-O? Nbd7?
    Keith Gregory Blitz 1
  2. Nxf7!
    But he does now after 3 minutes thought … time well spent!

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

Keith Gregory Blitz 2

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.

  1. Qb3! Nc5 15. Qf7+ Kd8 16. d4!

White’s pressure is relentless.

16… Bxg2 17. dxc5 Bh3?

Keith Gregory Blitz 3

The Bishop had to go back to d5 but this would have only prolonged the agony and game.

  1. 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.

  1. 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

Chess is a great game for everyone!

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” )

Laws_of_Chess_2017_-_PB_approved_v4b

Please also refer to the B&DCL Rules (updated June ’17) and the Captains Notes, both on the website

End of extracts. July’17

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