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Apr
19

Monday puzzle / game

Black to move and win Black has sacced his queen to reach this position. How does he finish it off? Solution

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Apr
19

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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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
15

Thursday puzzle / game

White to move and draw It looks hopeless but White can salvage a draw. Another study by Henri Rinck, perhaps a little trickier than most of his. Solution

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Apr
13

Team Battle: It’s Poole Again

There was an excellent turn-out with 39 players taking part. Whilst not notching up as many points as last time, Poole once again comfortably won the team battle, led by Oscar Garcia who berserked in every game, meaning he got extra points for winning but had only 2 minutes and 30 seconds and no increment [...]
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Apr
12

Monday puzzle / game

White to play and draw Those of you who do these puzzles regularly will know that I am a fan of elegant studies with very few pieces, and so admire the works of Troitsky, Rinck and Reti amongst others. This is another Richard Reti study and has some similarities with Puzzle 4 in section D […]

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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
08

Thursday puzzle / game

Black to play and win Solution

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Apr
07

4NCL Online Penultimate Round – Wessex Results and Game

Results In round 6 of season 3 of 4NCL Online the Wessex teams had mixed results, winning 2, drawing 3 and losing 3.   With one round to go the situation is already clear for some teams whilst for others the final round will be critical. The A team lost 1.5 - 2.5 against the very [...]
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Apr
05

Monday puzzle / game

White to move White is under considerable pressure but has a chance of his own. Can you find it? Solution

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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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Apr
01

Online West of England County Championship – End of Season Report

Ian Clark has sent the following end of season report on the Online West of England County Championship which ran from January to March 2021. The very first online County championship was efficiently organised by Ian George of Cornwall. The decision for us to play was made after asking Dorset players who wished to take […]

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Apr
01

Thursday puzzle / game

White to play and draw You only have two choices. Which way do you choose? Solution

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Mar
30

Imperious Poole Pulverise in Team Battle!

It has been a while coming but was always on the cards.   Poole's top players all hit form on the same evening and scored a mightily impressive 127 point in the Team Battle, by far and away the highest total so far.   It was also good to see that they turned out with eight players. [...]
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Mar
29

Monday puzzle / game

White to play At first sight it seems White is under a lot of pressure. How does he turn the tables? Solution

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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
25

Thursday puzzle / game

White to move What is White’s quickest path to victory? Solution

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Mar
22

Western Counties Championship – Dorset & Wilts beat Somerset in the final round

Dorset & Wilts finished the Western Counties on a high, beating Somerset 9-7 in the final round. The match was decided on the bottom boards: the top 8 boards were level on 4-4 but Dorset and Wilts won the bottom 8 boards 5-3. Once again Allan Pleasants acquitted himself very well, having the better side [...]
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Mar
22

Monday puzzle / game

White to move White’s queen is under attack and Black is aiming to remove some pressure. What is White’s best response? Solution

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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
19

Daily Quiz: Questions 201-250

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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Mar
18

Thursday puzzle / game

White to play How does White emerge a whole piece up? Solution

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Mar
16

West Dorset Jedi win Team Battle

There were new winners in the team battle last night as West Dorset Jedi walked away with the event.  Congratulations to the Jedi who had the night's top scorer and joint second top scorer in Allan Pleasants and Kevin Goater.   This is only the second time either Poole or Southbourne have not won. Poole did [...]
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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
15

Monday puzzle / game

White to play and draw This is another excellent study that Christian Westrap sent in. Solution

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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
11

Thursday puzzle / game

White to play How does White win material to leave a clearly won position? Solution

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Mar
10

4NCL Online Round 4 – Wessex Results, Tables and Game

Results Having had a good Round 3 two weeks ago the Wessex teams had a pretty terrible Round 4 last night. Starting with the good news, the A team won again and in style, 3.5 - 0.5.  Antonio Matinez-Sykora's win on board 4 is given at the end of this report. The OK news is [...]
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Mar
08

Western Counties Championship – Dorset and Wilts lose to Devon

Dorset and Wilts went down 12.5 - 3.5 to Devon.   Ian Clark, captain of the Dorset and Wilts team, comments that, "The result was very good and we have had the best result against Devon! The result of this match means that if we can beat Somerset in the last round on 21st March we [...]
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Mar
08

Monday puzzle / game

Black to play Black is a pawn up. How does he force the win of more material to leave a won position? Solution

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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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Mar
04

Thursday puzzle / game

White to play and win Another study, this time by a more famous composer, Alexey Troitsky. A win might look unlikely at first glance but there is a way! Solution

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Mar
02

Purbeck Chess Club on The Radio – Thursday 4th March at 6pm!

The Netflix show The Queen's Gambit has certainly stirred up some interest in chess.  Having seen the show, Andrew Bordiss, who does a sports show on Purbeck Coast Radio, wanted to cover chess in the Purbeck area. So on Monday he interviewed Steve Peirson from Purbeck Chess Club for 15 minutes. The interview will be [...]
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Mar
02

Poole Win Latest Team Battle

It was Poole's turn to win again at the team battle and they did so in style with Mike Duggan alone notching up an incredible 35 points. The Highcliffe team had a good night too, with steady scoring reaping them second place. Ringwood were down to just two team members but still managed to finish [...]
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Mar
01

Monday puzzle / game

White to play and win This is a study by Armenian composer Ernest Pogosyants. Once you have found the key idea there are two lines to look at on Black’s second move. Solution

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Feb
27

4NCL Over The Board Tournament !?

In light of the government’s roadmap out of lockdown, the 4NCL management team has made the confident (or brave) assumption that there will be over the board chess soon after the 21st June. It has already booked the 4-star conference centre hotel Woodland Grange in Leamington Spa for its 25th 4NCL Congress on 9-11 July […]

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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
27

Coronavirus Update

Here is the UK government’s link to its Roadmap out of lockdown including its 4 steps announced this week … Covid-19 Response Spring 2021 As the dates are indicative and subject to change, it’s too early to be definitive but with a significant relaxation of measures and restrictions for meeting up indoors scheduled for 21st […]

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Feb
25

Thursday puzzle / game

Black to play How does Black gain a decisive advantage? Solution

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Feb
24

4NCL Online Round 3 – A Good Evening for Wessex Teams

Overall it was a good set of results for the Wessex Some Stars teams in round 3 of the 3rd 4NCL Online season. The B, C, D, and F teams all won, the G team drew, whilst only the A and E teams lost. In the A team suffered a couple of short losses with [...]
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