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Apr
17

Bulletin No.57 – The Psychological Traits of an Ideal Chess Player!

A bit of a bold statement, but in chess, as in all walks of life, some people may just be a little more suited to the game than others. This is a short introductory article, which is designed to be thought provoking, contains some personal views, and seeks, at a high level, to identify the [...]
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Apr
10

Bulletin No.56 – Team Dorset On Tour! – March 2013

Photo by Florian Pépellin  CC BY-SA 4.0 Although many Dorset chess players have played in Jersey before, this was the first Jersey chess tournament to be held for over 10 years and its return in March 2013 was well received. To add to the attraction there were 4 GMs and an IM all lined up [...]
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Apr
03

Bulletin No.55 – Last Trophy Standing!

When did the B&DCL Team Handicap Knockout Cup Competion begin? The B&DCL Team Handicap Knockout Tournament began in 1993. We are not exactly sure how many teams entered in its inaugural year but we think it was eight. Why haven't we reported on this team cup competition in earlier bulletins? Last Spring during the first [...]
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Mar
27

Bulletin No.54 – Dorset Rapidplay Bloomers, More Games & Trivia Quiz!

A Different Year, A Different Rapidplay - Part 2! Last Saturday, we reported on how this new online tournament appeared to capture people's imagination with a free entry and a substantial prize fund leading to an excellent turnout of 60 players and an exciting tournament. We also focussed on the key games played by the [...]
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Mar
20

Bulletin No.53 – Rapidplay Games

A Different Year, A Different Rapidplay! No Free Lunch and No Snow Plough Required! Exactly one year after the last face-to-face chess event was played, the 1st Dorset Online Rapidplay Championship held last Sunday was the first 'official adventure' into the online tournament chess world by the Dorset County Chess Association. We did not know [...]
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Mar
13

Bulletin No.52 – World Championship Matches: Top 10 Interesting Facts!

The above photo shows Alekhine (left) and Capablanca ready to start a game in their 1927 world championship match. Most of us know the official world champions from Steinitz to Carlsen.  But how well do we know the matches and tournaments that led from one to the other?  Who did best and worst, who played [...]
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Mar
06

Bulletin No.51 – How Do Our Local Chess Players Think?

Introduction This article was produced for Dorset Chess in 1982 and it was reproduced in the 'CHESS' magazine in April 1986. Many of the findings and analyses remain just as relevant today as they were almost 40 years ago and quite interestingly, Alexander Alekhine, the World Champion when this game was played almost 80 years [...]
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Feb
27

Bulletin No.50 – Mike Waddington on the BIG money Isle of Man Grand Swiss

Map copyright OpenStreetMap Mike Waddington has kindly provided this fascinating article on the Isle of Man Grand Swiss and has annotated a couple of games which are given at the end. The Isle of Man, The Tournament and The Man Behind It What springs to mind if one mentions the Isle of Man? Perhaps TT [...]
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Feb
20

Bulletin No.49 – Alan’s Column Revisited – Local Games and More.

On the previous incarnation of the Dorset Chess website between 2012 and 2013 there was a feature called Alan's Column in which Alan Dommett annotated games, some local, some national. This bulletin brings you some of the most interesting action from that. Here are seven games, four of them featuring local players, all crisp wins [...]
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Feb
13

Bulletin No.48 – Valentine’s Special – Share the Love, Share the Draw, Share the Point!

We often remember many of our fantastic wins and our worst losses, especially those short ones, covering combinations galore and brilliant finishes. This has been fully illustrated when you submitted your games in droves for our articles on Local Blunders and then the Countdown to Christmas Short Games series. Indeed, there were so many games [...]
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Feb
06

Bulletin No.47 – 7 Deadly Sinful Traps for White

In Bulletin No.31 Martin Simons showed how to ‘Bash’ the Birds and to be (almost) winning after only 3 moves. In Bulletin No.38 we covered '7 Deadly Sinful Traps for Black'. In Bulletin No.45 we examined perhaps the most trappy of Black openings with the Stunning Stafford Gambit. However, these bulletins have all been written [...]
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Jan
30

Bulletin No.46 – The world champions & what you may not know! – Part 2 Petrosian to Carlsen

Photo (cropped) by Vladimir Barskij of Carlsen retaining his title in 2016.   CC BY-SA 3.0 In this and the previous bulletin we are taking a look at each of the official world chess champions, going down the “classical” line from Steinitz to Carlsen, missing out the FIDE champions from the time of the split (i.e. [...]
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Jan
23

Bulletin No.46 – The world champions & what you may not know! – Part 1 Steinitz to Tal

The above is a rare photo with four world champions together: Smyslov, Botvinnik, Euwe and Tal at Schipol airport in June 1961. In this and the next bulletin we take a look at each of the official world chess champions, going down the “classical” line from Steinitz to Carlsen, missing out the FIDE champions from [...]
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Jan
16

Bulletin No.45 – The Stunning Stafford Gambit

Martin Simons offers a personal view on the attraction of this gambit. Be afraid, be very afraid, there is a new gambit in town!  Until 2020, it was hardly known but maybe because of Lockdown and the vast numbers of chess players migrating across to the online blitz chess platform the Stafford Gambit has now [...]
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Jan
09

Bulletin No.44 – Chess Players – Are we just a little bit different?

Along with many other sports people and those who have a passionate hobby, we are often thought of as a special breed. In a game where deep, complex yet forthright decisions have to be made in solitude and silence, it is perhaps reasonable to think that the people who are drawn to chess are often [...]
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Jan
02

Bulletin No.41 – Christmas Puzzles and Quiz – ANSWERS

Photo by Photo by Kgbo (Wikimedia) CC BY-SA 4.0 How did you get on with our Christmas Puzzles and Quiz? Answers to all 24 brain challenges are below. A. Six Christmas Tree Chess Puzzles It wouldn't be Christmas without these! 1. Warm Up - What is the best move if it is White to move [...]
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Dec
31

Festive Bulletin No.43 – A Review of our Extraordinary Year

How Good Are Our Bulletins? - Please Have Your Say No, we are not asking 'How Good is Your Chess?' but 'How Good are Our Bulletins?' Over the last 9 months, and particularly more recently, have we managed to achieve the right balance or is there something else you would like to see covered and [...]
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Dec
26

Bulletin No.42 – More Local Games Fireworks!

Many thanks to all players who submitted their short games. The response has been absolutely fantastic and we have been a little overwhelmed. We apologise to those people whose games have not been included. However, due to all the excellent games submitted, here are 7 more to entertain you, some of which are just a [...]
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Dec
24

Bulletin No.41 – Christmas Puzzles and Quiz Special

Photo by Photo by Kgbo (Wikimedia) CC BY-SA 4.0 In this Christmas bumper edition, to mark the 24th day of the Christmas run-up, here are 24 fun Christmas questions and problems. There is a mixed bag, some easy and some just a bit more tricky: 6 Christmas Tree Chess Puzzles - It wouldn't be Christmas [...]
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Dec
19

Bulletin No.40 – Christmas Opening Gifts and Gaffs

It's that wonderful time of the year, and similar to Halloween, we are all wondering if there are any fun, exciting openings that can be played over the festive period to rejoice the season of goodwill! After some deep research and an online meeting with Santa Claus, he has confirmed there appears to be two [...]
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Dec
12

Bulletin No.39 – In Praise of Chess Variants!

Peter Anderson gives a personal opinion on the attraction of some chess variants. All these fun variants can be played on Lichess, including in the tournaments organised by Martin Clancy. Martin has organised special taster events for these variants on Monday and Wednesday in the coming week starting at 7pm.   Please see the home page [...]
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Dec
05

Bulletin No.38 – 7 Deadly Sinful Traps for Black in less than 10 moves!

Photo of venus fly trap by Noah Elhardt. CC BY-SA 2.5 In Bulletin No.31 we showed you how to 'Bash' the Birds and to be (almost) winning after 3 moves. In this article we are now going to provide 7 cunning ways to 'trap' White in their standard mainstream openings in less than 10 moves [...]
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Nov
28

Bulletin No.37 – Ringwood Online Lockdown Tournaments

When covid-19 disrupted face-to-face play, Martin Clancy of Ringwood Chess Club quickly organised online tournaments and team battles open to all local players that have continued to the present day.  In this bulletin Martin reflects upon these events. At the end we give a win each from some of the regulars at these tournaments: John [...]
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Nov
21

Bulletin No.36 – The 1993 World Chess Championship Revisited – Part 2

The photo above is of the VHS tape of the match by Messrs Keene and King. In Part 1, we covered how two local chess players, but one in particular, had the privilege of attending and reporting on the 1993 Short versus Kasparov World Chess Championship at the Savoy Hotel in London, and who also [...]
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Nov
14

Bulletin No.36 – The 1993 World Chess Championship Revisited – Part 1

No, we are not talking about the eagerly awaited Taylor v Kasparov match (pictured above and below) which immediately followed but the Short v Kasparov World Championship match! Billed as perhaps being the most exciting and important time in UK chess, the World Chess Championship in 1993 in its final pre-match stages suddenly became one [...]
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Nov
07

Bulletin No.35 – Allan Pleasants – Dorset’s Own Welsh Chess Champion!

Allan Pleasants is one of Dorset's leading chess players. In 2012 he won his first ever game versus a Grandmaster when he beat Keith Arkell at the 1st Bournemouth Grand Chess Congress which was reported in the Bournemouth Echo. Then, in 2017, after a few years of trying, he successfully became the Welsh Chess Champion, [...]
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Nov
07

Halloween Quiz Special: Answers

Did the wicked witches catch you out with their fiendish puzzles? Or did you fend them off with magical solutions? If you still want to have a crack at the questions without seeing the answers then click here 1. There are no ghosts on this board, just zombies blocking the way. What is the only [...]
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Oct
31

Bulletin No.34 – Halloween Gambit Horrors!

Something ghoulish and very creepy is happening in the local chess world tonight! Welcome to your darkest fears ... welcome to the horrific Halloween Gambit! Be prepared for some creepy crawly action - this is not for the faint-hearted. We think this would be great for bats, sorry we mean Blitz! 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 [...]
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Oct
24

Bulletin No.33 – Mike Waddington Talks Titles

Mike Waddington is one of  Dorset's very strongest players, an FM and the only over-the-board titled player from the county still active.  We asked him if he would mind writing a bulletin on how he earnt his FM title.  He kindly agreed and went further, contributing this fascinating article on the history of titles, FIDE's [...]
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Oct
17

Bulletin No.32 – The British Chess Championships in 2016 – Part 3

In Part 1, we covered how the idea all started, how we overcame a few hurdles to secure its return together with its build up including the Opening Ceremony. In Part 2, we looked at how the event unfolded, some excellent results by local players, and a couple of interesting games. Further, we provided coverage of [...]
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Oct
10

Bulletin No.32 – The British Chess Championships in 2016 – Part 2

The British Chess Championships is seen by many as the annual highlight of the UK chess calendar and it was a sense of great achievement that it finally returned to Bournemouth in 2016 after 80 years absence. In Part 1 we covered the background and build up to these Championships, including the Opening Ceremony. Today, [...]
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Oct
03

Bulletin No.32 – The British Chess Championships in 2016 – Part 1

The British Chess Championships is seen by many as the annual highlight of the UK chess calendar and it was a sense of great achievement that we finally managed to secure its return to Bournemouth in 2016 after 80 years absence. Today, in Part 1, we cover how the idea all started, how we overcame [...]
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Sep
26

Bulletin No.31 – Bashing the Birds Opening in only 3 Moves – Updated!

Martin Simons wrote the first version of this article 30 years ago and has just updated it with fresh analysis. Introduction There is a little known secret, guaranteed to give you an advantage after only 3 moves with Black if White plays his or her move order slightly inaccurately in the Bird's Opening. Birds (or [...]
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Sep
19

Bulletin No.30 – The Chess Problem Column in the Bournemouth Echo

Did You Know? Welcome to the unreal imaginary world of chess problems! Many chess players might think that a chess problem is the same as a chess puzzle and/or a chess study. However, although they all have the same objective to find a solution in a possible chess position, they each have different meanings and [...]
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Sep
12

Bulletin No.29 – Blunders Part 4: Local Blunders

Colourised version of photo by Bletchhhy (WikiMedia) under GNU 1.2 In previous bulletins we have looked at world championship blunders, other international blunders and why blunders happen.   Today, in the last bulletin on blunders, we take a stroll through blunders by some of Dorset's top players. We hope you enjoy them more than they did! [...]
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Sep
05

Bulletin No.29 – Blunders Part 3: Why Do Blunders Happen?

Colourised version of photo by Bletchhhy (WikiMedia) under GNU 1.2 Previously in Bulletin 29 we have looked at World Championship Blunders and other International Blunders. Today we discuss why blunders happen and illustrate them with a few examples from some of Dorset's strongest players. Next week we will finish with more local blunders. Introduction We [...]
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Aug
29

Bulletin No.29 – Blunders Part 2: International Hall of Fame

Colourised version of photo by Bletchhhy (WikiMedia) under GNU 1.2 We continue our journey through blunders in chess.   Last time we covered world championship blunders.   Next month we will look at why blunders happen and some howlers by local players.   But today we are looking at: Man vs machine and you can guess who [...]
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Aug
22

Bulletin No.29 – Blunders Part 1: World Championship Matches

Photo by Bletchhhy (WikiMedia) under GNU 1.2 Love them or hate them, we all make many blunders in chess, and they add lots of entertainment to the game! Indeed, in the bar after, it is the blunder move that is most talked about! How often are we left frustrated and bewildered when a well played [...]
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Aug
15

Bulletin No.28 – Patzer: the Australian magazine featuring Dorset chess!

Patzer is a regular publication produced in Australia but this edition features games by local players.

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Aug
08

Bulletin No.27 – Purbeck Chess Club Returns to Outdoor ‘over the board’ Chess

Following several months of isolation and limited over the board chess, Steve Peirson reports on the welcome return to face-to-face combat for some Purbeck Chess Club members.

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