Bulletins

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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Aug
01

Bulletin No.26 – Animal Openings Part 4: Wrap Up and Local Games

Image (cropped) by Mark Wagner based on photo by Lilly M (Wikimedia) under CC BY-SA 3.0   Thanks to everyone who has contributed to these articles and especially Tony Pritchard who identified some extra openings and all those who contributed games. We finish with Three openings that were missed or miscategorised on the way through [...]
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Jul
25

Bulletin No.26 – Animal Openings Part 3: The Weird and Wonderful

Image (cropped) by Jan van der Crabben under CC BY-SA 2.0   Did you know? There are at least 24 recognised openings and variations with animal names - and that excludes dubious ones you can find in some corner of the internet but won't find in any book. This makes animals one of the most [...]
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Jul
18

Bulletin No.26 – Animal Openings Part 2: The Birds

Cropped version of a photo by Rhododendrites (Wikimedia) under CC BY-SA 4.0 Did you know? There are at least 24 recognised openings and variations with animal names - and that excludes dubious ones you can find in some corner of the internet but won't find in any book. This makes animals one of the most [...]
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Jul
11

Bulletin No. 26 – Animal Openings Part 1: The Mammals

Cropped version of photo by Muhammad Mahdi Karim under GNU 1.2 Licence Are we barking mad? No, we are not at a zoo, nor are we suffering from Lockdown Lunacy but love them or hate them, you may have to face them one day! Did you know? There are at least 24 recognised openings and [...]
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Jul
04

Bulletin No.25 – Poole Club Chess International

Pictured above is Roy Milner, main organiser for the international trips.   Did you know? Back in the mid 1970s the first informal (and unofficial) Poole Club Chess International trip abroad took place visiting a team in Cherbourg. The name of Poole was chosen at the time to reflect that Poole was twinned with Cherbourg […]

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Jun
27
Jun
20

Bulletin No.23 – Correspondence Chess and the Dorset County Team

A brief history of correspondence chess in the county.

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Jun
13

Bulletin No.22 – Chess at the Cafe Tratt in Swanage

With lots of thanks to Derek Mount and Steve Peirson who produced the article. Pictured above, left to right, are Dick Woodford, Brian Beard, Paul Stanley and Derek Mount enjoying a relaxing game of chess at Caffe Tratt. Taking inspiration from the Flirt Café in Bournemouth, in autumn 2017 Purbeck Chess Club member Derek Mount […]

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Jun
06

Bulletin No.21 – History of the Dorset Individual Chess Championship

The history of the Dorset Chess Championship in words and photos, and a few introductory words on bulletins for the comings weeks and months.

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May
30

“Dorset Local Chat” – Articles 1 to 10

Dorset Local Chat N0.10 – The Dorset Rapidplay – 25 years strong and last UK Chess Tournament standing in 2020 by Martin Simons and Mike Jay   How it all started, then developed – The Tuckton Social Club years (1995 – 2012) – Martin Simons discusses these early years (pictured above Bruce Jenks playing in […]

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May
28

Bulletins 1 to 20 – Martin Simons reflects on 30 articles, 61 puzzles & 2 Towns

(Pictured above Martin Simons, Chair B&DCL and DCCA Executive Committee member. He has been the inspiration behind all the website “Bulletins” & “Dorset Chess Chats” over the last 2 months, providing interest and information during lockdown. They have required a huge amount of research and we are all very grateful to Martin. Also, as several […]

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