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Oct
13

Mike Waddington is British Over 50s Champion!

Mike Waddington at the 2021 British Over 50s Championship. Photo copyright Brendan O'Gorman, shown with his kind permission. Congratulations to Mike Waddington for winning the British Over 50s Championship in Milton Keynes, which ran from 4th to 10th October. Mike lost his first round game but proceeded to win all the remaining six!  He ended [...]
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Oct
09

Bulletin No.82 – B&DCL ‘Team and Individual’ Rolls of Honour

As we approach the start of the new B&DCL 2021/22 league season and the first set of fixtures this week, it seemed appropriate to: Round off the truncated 2019/20 season with a summary of the results and presentations Step back in time and reveal the tables of all the team and individual winners of each [...]
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Oct
02

Bulletin No.81 – The Stafford Gambit is Dead, Long Live the Stafford Gambit!

Back in January 2021, an in-depth article on the Stunning Stafford Gambit was produced, where I tried to present a strong and persuasive case for playing it, its main features being … It's exciting! It's adventurous! It's daring! It's full of traps! It's unsound! This can often work in Black's favour as the pressure is [...]
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Sep
29

Highcliffe win KO Cup semi-final encounter as OTB Competitive Chess Returns

On Monday 27th September we saw the welcome return to competitive 'over the board' chess in the local area for the first time in over 18 months with the semi-final of the delayed 2020 B&DCL Team Handicap Knockout Cup semi-final match between Highcliffe and Wimborne which was played at Greystones. This is probably the longest [...]
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Sep
25

Bulletin No.80 – Combo Corner: Bronstein

Introduction David Bronstein is best remembered for failing to win the world title against Botvinnik and in particular the horrendous blunder in game 6 of the match which was eventually drawn 12-12. This is a great pity as Bronstein was one of the most creative players the world has ever seen, a true genius of [...]
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Sep
18

Bulletin No.79 – The Bournemouth ‘Grand’ Chess Congress

Introduction After much deliberation and several reworks of the numbers, the Bournemouth Grand Chess Congress was finally launched in 2012, the same year as the London Olympics. However, it almost did not happen! Below is the full history of the Congress, how it came about, its successes including attracting some of the UK's top Grandmasters [...]
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Sep
18

Friendly matches – Poole vs Bournemouth & Highcliffe vs Ringwood

Over the summer there have been a few warm up matches played as we all get used to playing real chess again. Paul Errington (Bournemouth) and Eric Sachs (Poole) report on two over the board matches between Bournemouth and Poole Chess Clubs played in September, the first one at the Winton Liberal Club, which is […]

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Sep
11

Bulletin No.78 – Combo Corner: Botvinnik

Introduction When you think of Botvinnik you immediately think of strategic masterpieces rather than fantastic tactics. However, Botvinnik did play some really nice combinations, it was just that by the time he played them he normally had other ways of winning.  In other words Botvinik's combinations were normally crowning glories after he had already outplayed [...]
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Sep
11

Poem No.14 – A Chess Riddle

Over the summer months Christine Roberts is delighting and entertaining us with her chess poems. This final one provides us with fond memories on how we used to greet each other at the start of the season. Since two years now, do you remember that yearly night in late September? We grouped together in the [...]
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Sep
11

Weekly Quiz No.14 – Find the Plan (and Move)!

This is the last of our Weekly Quiz Questions on Find the Plan (and Move)! Like the previous 13, it has been taken from an actual game position and you have a number of possible options but only one might be best! This is different to the Puzzles as the solution does not lead to [...]
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Sep
09

Thursday puzzle / game

White to play and mate in 2 To my eyes a little bit harder than Monday’s mate in 2 but still with a simplicity and elegance to the solution. There are 5 different mates involved! Solution

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Sep
04

Bulletin No.77 – Local Games: A Mixed Bag of Goodies!

We have a bit of everything today!   We start with a short king hunt... our second offering is a positional game with twists and turns... and we end with a memorable win against a famous GM. Enjoy! Attack with the English We normally associate the English with subtle queenside pressure or the big centre [...]
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Sep
04

Poem No.13 – Suspend all Sense (Part Two)!

Over the summer months Christine Roberts is delighting and entertaining us with her chess poems. This one covers even more difficulties in choosing the right opening! Beginners look out for this bait, don’t ever fall for Scholars Mate! Stafford Gambit’s new in town; using it might win the Crown. But if you want to draw [...]
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Sep
04

Weekly Quiz No.13 – Find the Plan (and Move)!

Over the summer, on each Saturday we will be providing a Weekly Quiz Question on Find the Plan (and Move)! This will be taken from an actual game position and you will be provided with a number of possible options but only one might be best! These will be different to the Puzzles as they [...]
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Aug
21

Bulletin No.75 – Local Games: One Human Baffler and Two Engine Bafflers!

Today we start with a game that has a sharp and pretty finish and on the way through features unusual and interesting positions that are really hard for a human to evaluate.  Then we have a couple of games containing moves that are easy for a human to understand but have baffled engines! All three [...]
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Aug
21

Poem No.11 – Time for Change

Over the summer months Christine Roberts is delighting and entertaining us with her chess poems. This one covers the changing face of the chess clock! “Analogue clocks!” I hear you complain, as we’re placed beside competition boards. Denying the decades we’ve timed your game, you really hurt us, your words like swords. Till now we’ve [...]
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Aug
21

Weekly Quiz No.11 – Find the Plan (and Move)!

Over the summer, on each Saturday we will be providing a Weekly Quiz Question on Find the Plan (and Move)! This will be taken from an actual game position and you will be provided with a number of possible options but only one might be best! These will be different to the Puzzles as they [...]
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Aug
14

Bulletin No.74 – Endgame Corner: Rook Ending Crash Course

Introduction I thought a few times about writing an Endgame Corner on rook endings and decided against it, partly because I am not a GM standard expert on them and partly because it seemed like a large and daunting task.  However, having decided that I wouldn’t do it, a couple of people suggested it would [...]
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Aug
14

Poem No.10 – Man Over Board!

Over the summer months Christine Roberts is delighting and entertaining us with her chess poems. This one covers the battlefield over the chess board! Always the battlefield for the game, whilst armies change, I stay the same. Use me for draughts, though I confess I prefer to be the site of chess. 64 squares in [...]
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Aug
14

Weekly Quiz No.10 – Find the Plan (and Move)!

Over the summer, on each Saturday we will be providing a Weekly Quiz Question on Find the Plan (and Move)! This will be taken from an actual game position and you will be provided with a number of possible options but only one might be best! These will be different to the Puzzles as they [...]
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Aug
07

Bulletin No.73 – Local Games: A Stunning Novelty and 2 Black Kingside Attacks

Today we feature a brilliant opening sac that was way ahead of its day, and two attacks against the castled white king.  Plenty of blood all round! A Stunning Novelty! When Martin Clancy played this game in 2005 the idea of Nd5 in the Morra was basically unknown and must have given his opponent quite [...]
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Aug
07

Poem No.9 – Pawn (no graphic!)

Over the summer months Christine Roberts is delighting and entertaining us with her chess poems. This one covers the modest but often underestimated pawn! Walk beside the humble pawn, which on its own is quite forlorn. It’s aim is to become a queen; in most games, though, that’s seldom seen. First, it moves one square, [...]
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Aug
07

Weekly Quiz No.9 – Find the Plan (and Move)!

Over the summer, on each Saturday we will be providing a Weekly Quiz Question on Find the Plan (and Move)! This will be taken from an actual game position and you will be provided with a number of possible options but only one might be best! These will be different to the Puzzles as they [...]
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Jul
31

Bulletin No.72 – Endgame Corner: How to Win Opposite Colour Bishop Endings

We all know that opposite coloured bishop endings are drawish.  The defending side puts their pawns on the same coloured square as their bishop and blockades the opposing pawns when they are on the opposite colour.  A pawn up you will not normally be able to win, two extra pawns are often not enough, and [...]
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Jul
31

Weekly Quiz No.8 – Find the Plan (and Move)!

Over the summer, on each Saturday we will be providing a Weekly Quiz Question on Find the Plan (and Move)! This will be taken from an actual game position and you will be provided with a number of possible options but only one might be best! These will be different to the Puzzles as they [...]
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Jul
24

Bulletin No.71 – Local Games: A Strategic Masterpiece and 2 King Attacks

Today we feature a strategic masterpiece by Christian Westrap and two attacks against the opposing king by Mike Waddington, both featuring exploitation of the dark squares. All three games are annotated by the winners, giving a great insight into their thinking. How to crush the Benko! The Benko can be tricky to play against because [...]
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Jul
24

Poem No.7 – The Baffled Bishop

Over the summer months Christine Roberts is delighting and entertaining us with her chess poems. This one aptly describes the confusion of the bishop! I’ll tell you now, I’m so confused. My problem’s of a special kind - It’s not that I am underused - I’m grappling with it in my mind. When I am [...]
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Jul
24

Weekly Quiz No.7 – Find the Plan (and Move)!

Over the summer, on each Saturday we will be providing a Weekly Quiz Question on Find the Plan (and Move)! This will be taken from an actual game position and you will be provided with a number of possible options but only one might be best! These will be different to the Puzzles as they [...]
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Jul
17

Weekly Quiz No.6 – Find the Plan (and Move)!

Over the summer, on each Saturday we will be providing a Weekly Quiz Question on Find the Plan (and Move)! This will be taken from an actual game position and you will be provided with a number of possible options but only one might be best! These will be different to the Puzzles as they [...]
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Jul
15

Thursday puzzle / game

White to play and win Can you work out how to nurse a pawn through to the eighth rank? Solution

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Jul
10

Bulletin No.69 – Local Games: A Superb Miniature and Two Swindles

Today we feature a superbly played miniature and two horrendous swindles! 13 Moves... Unlucky for Someone! Mike Duggan finds all the critical moves to produce a fine game. He makes it look easy, but that is only because his play was really strong. Simple but Sneaky! Here Peter Anderson wondered if his opponent might autopilot [...]
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Jul
10

Poem No.5 – Queening It!

Over the summer months Christine Roberts is delighting and entertaining us with her chess poems. This one takes a look at her majesty the queen. Imagine how it feels to be superior to all the team. The pawns and pieces next to me, worth less, acknowledge I’m the cream. I bide my time to move [...]
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Jul
10

Weekly Quiz No.5 – Find the Plan (and Move)!

Over the summer, on each Saturday we will be providing a Weekly Quiz Question on Find the Plan (and Move)! This will be taken from an actual game position and you will be provided with a number of possible options but only one might be best! These will be different to the Puzzles as they [...]
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Jul
03

Bulletin No.68 – Endgame Corner: Queen vs Minor Pieces

Do you know how a queen fairs against two minor pieces?   And if you know what the result should be, could you achieve it in practice? Queen vs Two Bishops This is drawn but only if the defending side can quickly achieve the correct defensive set up.  The king needs to be near but not [...]
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Jul
03

Poem No.4 – Behold The King

Over the summer months Christine Roberts is delighting and entertaining us with her chess poems. This one is a reminder on the importance of protecting your king! When you first begin to play the game of chess, whichever way, the very most important thing is guard and shield your precious King. Unless you play the [...]
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Jul
03

Weekly Quiz No.4 – Find the Plan (and Move)!

Over the summer, on each Saturday we will be providing a Weekly Quiz Question on Find the Plan (and Move)! This will be taken from an actual game position and you will be provided with a number of possible options but only one might be best! These will be different to the Puzzles as they [...]
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Jun
26

Bulletin No.67 – Local Games: Instructive miniature plus two sacrificial finishes

Today we feature a very enjoyable and instructive miniature and two games with crisp finishes featuring the same sac, each annotated by the winners. Pretty and Instructive We start today with a delightful miniature from Christian Westrap. Sac and Win! Martin Simons finishes a complex game with a well calculated sac. Sac, Sac and Win! [...]
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Jun
26

Poem No.3 – An Ode to a Chess Congress

Over the summer months Christine Roberts (Poole) is delighting and entertaining us with her chess poems. This one takes us on the roller-coaster ride of playing at a chess congress! Late Friday night, stifling a yawn, I face my foe, who’s slow to move. After aeons of time he shifts a pawn And I counter [...]
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Jun
26

Weekly Quiz No.3 – Find the Plan (and Move)!

Over the summer, on each Saturday we will be providing a Weekly Quiz Question on Find the Plan (and Move)! This will be taken from an actual game position and you will be provided with a number of possible options but only one might be best! These will be different to the Puzzles as they [...]
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Jun
19

Bulletin No.66 – Endgame Corner: Two Bishops vs Knight (and Pawn)

Endgame Corner will be one of the types of bulletin we will be running over the next few months. There won't be lots of analysis in these (quite often no analysis), but rather I will normally try to quickly summarise whether an endgame is won or drawn, whether or not it is easy to play, [...]
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