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Nov
29

Daily Quiz

Whilst face-to-face chess is disrupted Dorset we are running a daily 'Test Your Chess Knowledge' quiz question (with 5 possible answers). For local quiz questions you may find the Bulletins and Chat articles helpful. Martin Simons welcomes your feedback on the quiz and any submissions you have for questions. Every day we will be publishing [...]
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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
26

Thursday puzzle / game

White to play and win Simple but clever! Solution

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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
16

West of England Counties Online Championship Details

Ian Clark has provided an update on the West of England Counties Online Championship and reports that good progress has been made in both organising the event and assembling a squad. The key points are: Dorset and Wiltshire will be fielding a combined team to ensure a large enough squad which currently comprises 15 Dorset […]

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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
15

Western Counties Championship Online – Call For Dorset Players

Effort is being made to organise a Western Counties Championship online.   Ian Clark is coordinating on behalf of Dorset. This is an exciting opportunity for our County players to represent Dorset without all the traveling and expense that was previously involved.  Ian is therefore looking for players for the Dorset team/teams. If you are interested [...]
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Oct
04

Coronavirus Update – Further Guidance From ECF

ECF Statements 4/10/2020  The ECF has this week issued a further COVID-19 update using the findings from the Northumberland Chess Congress organisers. https://www.englishchess.org.uk/northumberland-weekend-congress-a-superb-effort-in-moving-chess-from-zoom-to-room/ As you will see, the congress organisers have been very thorough and have issued four documents which the ECF fully supports but perhaps it is the 'Anti Covid Measures and Congress Impacts' [...]
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Jul
01

Coronavirus Update – Completing the 2019/20 season – Please have your say

As indicated on the previous update message in mid June, please find below a detailed Consultation Document from Martin Simons providing the options available to us regarding the completion of this season and the start of next. The document also explains the difficulties and challenges we are likely to face when we return to playing [...]
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Jun
27
Jun
14

14th June: Coronavirus Update

Below is a message from Martin Simons regarding the coronavirus and local chess. I hope you are all keeping well. It has been almost a month since the last update on the Dorset Chess Website and this update comes in two parts. 1. League Season Update The UK Government has started to relax some of its […]

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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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Jun
05

Poole win first online team challenge.

The first online team event organised by Martin Clancy was well attended and seemingly enjoyed by all.   Five clubs fielded teams and Ringwood Nomads which was intended for any players without a team comprised solely of 3 New Milton players so effectively became a 6th club team.  In all 34 players took part. Teams were [...]
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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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Mar
17

Castlepoint Junior Chess Group Suspended

17/3/2020 Following yesterday’s government advisory notice, the Castlepoint Library Junior chess club will not be running this Saturday and will, sadly, be closed until further notice. We will review the situation after Easter. In the meantime, we encourage the junior players to take a look at the puzzles available on the junior puzzle page of […]

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Mar
15

Dorset Rapidplay attracts 48 entrants in exciting day of chess: GM Matt Turner wins

Sunday 15th March 2020 at Greyfriars, Ringwood In what might be the last chess congress nationally for some time because of the current virus crisis, the 25th Dorset Rapidplay was very competitive and had a great atmosphere. All 48 competitors went home with a prize. A record for this competition of £920 cash was paid out […]

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Feb
13

Dorset Junior Chess Championship 2020

A fantastic day of junior chess with over 50 participants from across Dorset and a few from Hampshire.

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Feb
12

Lots of enquiries asking “what congresses are coming up?”

20 Feb: Just recently, there has been a surge of interest in regional weekend chess congresses, especially from parents, following the success of the Dorset Junior Championships last Saturday. Coming up in Dorset there is the Closed Congress at Merley on 24 May ’20. Ian Clark runs this and will be publishing information on the website in […]

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