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Oct
23

Weekly Results Summary – w/e Fri 22nd Oct

These results will be refreshed once a week on a Friday or Saturday (plus updates for late results).  Please click on the match scores to see the detailed match reports in LMS. DateLeagueHome TeamResultAway Team Tue 19th Oct B&DCL Div 2 Bournemouth A 2.5 - 1.5Southbourne B Wed 20th Oct Team KOHighcliffe 4 - 2Weymouth [...]
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Oct
22

Highcliffe Are B&DCL Team Handicap Knockout Cup Winners!

Highcliffe are to be congratulated for their fine win on Wednesday evening in the B&DCL Team Handicap Knockout Cup Final beating Weymouth 4 – 2 in an exciting encounter. Due to the handicap system, Weymouth needed to win 4 – 2 and half way through the evening (before the drinks break!) it looked as though [...]
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Oct
22

Don Hewson, R.I.P.

Don Hewson of Poole Chess club sadly passed away on 5th October. Don is well known to local chess players having been active in the area for many years. You can read Eric Sachs' kind comments about him on the Poole website.
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Oct
21

4NCL Online season 4 round 5 – Wessex Results and Game

It was another tough night for Wessex Some Stars on Tuesday, with just two match wins, one draw and five match  losses. Not being super-GMs we all make mistakes to varying degrees but looking through the games it seems that we had far more than our usual quota of howlers in these matches.  There were [...]
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Oct
21

Dorset League 2021/22 Starts on 2nd November

A cause for celebration - not bonfire night, the 2021/22 Dorset League season will start on 2nd November! The Divisions will comprise: Div 1: 5 Teams - Dorchester A, Highcliffe A, Poole A, Weymouth A and Wimborne A Div 2: 4 Teams - Bournemouth, Dorchester B, Purbeck and Ringwood Div 3: 4 Teams - Dorchester [...]
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Oct
21

Thursday puzzle / game

Black to move In the position above Black can secure an advantage by playing Nxd3.  However, he has something much stronger.  Can you see it? The position is taken from Stephen Peters vs Mike Waddington, which Mike kindly sent in with his own annotations.  The whole game is very nice and his spot in this [...]
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Oct
20

Purbeck moves to Corfe Castle Village Hall

Please note that Purbeck Chess Club has a new venue, Corfe Castle Village Hall. The address is: Corfe Castle Village Hall 67 East Street Corfe Castle BH20 5EE
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Oct
18

Monday puzzle / game

White to play and win This is another elegant study by the Dutch composer Peter Boll. Solution

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Oct
16

Bulletin No.83 – Au revoir to bulletins

18 Months of Bulletins As OTB chess has resumed, this is the last of our Saturday Bulletins which we started when the COVID lockdown began over eighteen months ago. If you include the Dorset Local Chats and those Bulletins which have been split into several parts then there have been over 100 Bulletins! We tried [...]
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Oct
14

Thursday puzzle / game

Black to play and mate in 3 Black has a number of tempting options but only one quick mate. Can you see through the clutter of pieces to find it? Solution

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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
11

Monday puzzle / game

Black to play Alexandra Kosteniuk, playing Black, has sacced a piece for a strong attack. How does she now cash in to reach a clearly winning endgame? Solution

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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
07

Thursday puzzle / game

White to play and win Solution

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Oct
06

4NCL Online season 4 round 4 – Wessex Results, Standings and Games

It was not the greatest night for Wessex yesterday, with just two match wins and six losses.  With 4 of the 7 rounds complete, we look at the results and the standings team by team. Results and Standings The A team looked to have good chances on paper but narrowly lost their match. Their one [...]
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Oct
04

Monday puzzle / game

White to play and mate in 4 Today we feature another sharp Bronstein finish.  Good solving! Solution

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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
30

Thursday puzzle / game

Black to play and mate in 5 David Bronstein, playing Black, produced this superb mate in 5 in a blitz game! Your clock is ticking… how quickly can you find the solution? Solution If you enjoyed that puzzle you might also enjoy Bulletin 80 which showcases more of Bronstein’s brilliance.

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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
27

Monday puzzle / game

White to play Grabbing the pawn on b7 is far from clear. Can you find a much stronger continuation for White? Solution

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Sep
25

Ringwood Chess Club moves to Greyfriars

Please note that Ringwood Chess Club has a new venue, the Greyfriars Centre. Having trialed it for Dorset League and Bacchus League matches in 2019/20, it is now Ringwood’s permanent home. Directions are available on the Ringwood Chess Club site.

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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
23

Thursday puzzle / game

White to play What is White’s strongest continuation? Solution

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Sep
20

Monday puzzle / game

White to play and win Thanks once again to Christian for sending a nice study, this one being by Rinck. As Christian said, this one is not too difficult but quite amusing. Solution

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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
16

Thursday puzzle / game

White to play and draw Black is threatening Qg2 mate which at first sight looks impossible to stop. Can you see how White can draw? Solution

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Sep
13

Monday puzzle / game

White to play and win As regular readers will know, I am an admirer of Troitsky’s studies. Here is another. After White’s first move, there are three different lines to explore, two of which leads to clever, quick and different mates. The third line is longer and shows Troitsky’s genius to its full as he […]

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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
08

4NCL Online season 4 round 2 – Wessex Results and Game

It was an excellent set of results for Wessex last night as they turned in 6 match wins, 1 draw and only 1 loss. The A team won comfortably with straightforward victories from Mark Cleary and Rolandas Lukosius, and draws from Roland Bezuidenhout and Jamie Wilson, the latter being unlucky not to convert a tricky [...]
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Sep
06

Monday puzzle / game

White to play and mate in 2 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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Sep
02

Thursday puzzle / game

White to play and mate in 5 At first sight Black seems to have enough critical squares covered but Judit Polgar, playing White, showed that there is a forced mate. Solution

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Aug
30

Monday puzzle / game

White to play and mate in 2 Simple when you see the solution. You can get to it with systematic logic or imagination! Solution

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Aug
28

B&DCL 2021/22 Restart

Below is a message from Martin Simons on behalf of the B&DCL Committee following a meeting held on 12th August 2021. Summary Subject to the ever changing Covid situation and UK Government guidance the B&DCL is hoping to make a restart to over the board league competitive chess in October for those who wish to [...]
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