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Jun
19

Poem No.2 – Club Nights

Over the summer months Christine Roberts (Poole) is delighting and entertaining us with her chess poems. This second one highlights the atmosphere and friendship that we have all been missing at our local chess clubs. Remember the time when we chessed at a club? We greeted each other, assembled so near, no pawns to sanitise, [...]
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Jun
19

Weekly Quiz No.2 – 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
12

Bulletin No.65 – Local Games: A Miniature and 2 King Walks!

From today the weekly bulletins will be shorter than in the past but we will still bring you plenty of quality content!   Roughly every other week we will bring you three games by local players.   These will be a mixture of best/favourite games, short games and swindles and will be annotated by the players themselves [...]
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Jun
12

Poem No.1 – In Praise of (Li)Chess

Over the summer months Christine Roberts (Poole) will be delighting and entertaining us with her chess poems. This first one covers her experiences of playing chess online – a useful distraction during Lockdown! Lockdown comes - what do I do when I’m alone and feel duress? I’ve dug the garden, cleaned the loo. I know, [...]
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Jun
12

Weekly Quiz No.1 – 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
07

Daily Quiz

While face-to-face chess is disrupted in 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 [...]
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Jun
05

Bulletin No.64 – Team Battles: a year of fun chess

When Covid-19 struck Martin Clancy took it on himself to organise tournaments for local players starting with the first open tournament being held on 25th March 2020.   With these events proving popular, a few weeks later Martin decided to run the first Team Battle, this taking place on Thursday 4th June 2020.   It was an [...]
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May
29

Bulletin No.63 – The Confessions of a 4NCL Captain

Keith Gregory (pictured above)  has kindly written the following bulletin of his experiences of being the captain for the Wessex 4NCL teams.  A brief history of 4NCL So where did it (4NCL) all begin... ? Whilst it is now a major chess institution in the UK and a “chess-home” to many GMs, IMs etc. the [...]
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May
22

Bulletin No.62 – Blackmar-Diemer Gambit but not as we know it!

Everyone has probably heard of the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit (BDG) and locally, Alan Dommett has even written an informative, entertaining book on it as a tribute to Emile Joseph Diemer, which was published in 2003 and dedicated to Alan's wife, Marion, (which you can see here on Amazon). As some of you may know, Alan has [...]
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May
15

Bulletin No.61 – lichess, the gift that keeps on giving: Puzzles!

Martin Clancy kindly wrote this informative bulletin about the lichess puzzles and some of its innovative features that may help us all improve our skills. Please note that all the blue headings in this bulletin are clickable links that will take you to the relevant lichess pages. lichess.org lichess really is “the gift that keeps [...]
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May
08

Bulletin No.60 – The Covid Candidates

The Candidates tournament to decide who will challenge Magnus Carlsen for the world title finished last week with Ian Nepomniachtchi emerging victorious.   If Nepo goes on to beat Carlsen that may be the thing that people remember most about the tournament, otherwise it is always likely to be remembered as the Covid Candidates.  The virus [...]
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May
01

Bulletin No.59 – Yesterday’s News(knight) Never Dies!

About a year ago at the start of the first Lockdown we provided a brief review article on our local regular Newsknight magazines which ran for 13 years from 1993 to 2006. One blink and you probably missed it as it was one of our shortest ever bulletins! Over the last year, Newsknight has played [...]
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Apr
24

Bulletin No.58 – Riveting Rapidplay Games

In this bulletin Peter Anderson annotates five more games from the 1st Dorset Online Rapidplay that took place a few weeks ago, starting with games from Allan Pleasants and Richard Allis who were placed joint 4th. Each game is entertaining, of good quality and instructive, with the losers as well as the winners playing their [...]
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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
15

1st Dorset Online Rapidplay 2021 – Report and Results

Martin Simons has sent the following report on the 1st  Dorset Online Rapidplay Championships, held on Sunday 14th March. On behalf of everyone who played in the event, many thanks to Martin for his significant effort in organising it. Tournament Report The 1st Dorset Online Rapidplay Championship proved to be a resounding success with a [...]
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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
12

Western Counties Championship – Dorset and Wiltshire Lose

Ian Clark sends the following report on the Dorset & Wiltshire vs Gloucestershire online match played on Sunday 10th Jan. Match Report This was the first Dorset county match of any description for about 15 years with a combined team of 6 from Wilts and 10 from Dorset. The match did not go very well! [...]
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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
24

Thursday puzzle / game

White to play and win quickly The solution to the last puzzle before Christmas is both simple and at the same time a little hard to spot. You’ll kick yourself if you don’t find it! White has a number of ways of winning but one is much more convincing that the rest, forcing a quick […]

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Dec
24

Countdown to Christmas

Thank you to everyone who submitted their short games. We have received over 80 from which we have picked some crackers for your enjoyment! Every day until the 24th December we will be featuring one of these games including analysis by the players or Martin Simons. Click on the red and green days in the [...]
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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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