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Oct
25

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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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
22

Thursday puzzle / game

White to play and mate in 3 Only one line to work out in this puzzle so in a sense it should be easy, but it still takes a bit of solving. Solution

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Oct
19

Monday puzzle / game

White to move White has a number of ways of winning, but one is much more convincing than the rest. In the game black resigned within 4 moves but could have resigned in good conscience after just two. Solution

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Oct
17

Bulletin No.32 – The British Chess Championships in 2016 – Part 3

In Part 1, we covered how the idea all started, how we overcame a few hurdles to secure its return together with its build up including the Opening Ceremony. In Part 2, we looked at how the event unfolded, some excellent results by local players, and a couple of interesting games. Further, we provided coverage of [...]
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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
15

Thursday puzzle / game

White to move and mate in 2 Solution

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Oct
13

Poole Win Again In Team Battle

Good news as West Dorset Jedi joined the battle giving 7 teams in the scrap.   All but Wimborne turned out with at least 4 players too. It was close at the top again but Poole managed to edge out Southbourne despite another very strong performance from Martin Simons, who was top points scorer and top [...]
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Oct
12

Monday puzzle / game

White to play and win quickly Another fine Jonathan Speelman finish. Solution

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Oct
10

Bulletin No.32 – The British Chess Championships in 2016 – Part 2

The British Chess Championships is seen by many as the annual highlight of the UK chess calendar and it was a sense of great achievement that it finally returned to Bournemouth in 2016 after 80 years absence. In Part 1 we covered the background and build up to these Championships, including the Opening Ceremony. Today, [...]
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Oct
08

Thursday puzzle / game

White to play and win From Speelman – Short 1980 Solution

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Oct
05

Monday puzzle / game

Another simple but elegant Rinck study.

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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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Oct
03

Bulletin No.32 – The British Chess Championships in 2016 – Part 1

The British Chess Championships is seen by many as the annual highlight of the UK chess calendar and it was a sense of great achievement that we finally managed to secure its return to Bournemouth in 2016 after 80 years absence. Today, in Part 1, we cover how the idea all started, how we overcame [...]
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Oct
01

New ECF Rating System Live

The new ECF rating system is live and can be found here. It features 4 digit ELO style ratings and will be updated monthly (though presumably due to the coronavirus there will be little or nothing to update for a while). Clubs are encouraged to enter any rated internal competition results through LMS which automatically […]

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Oct
01

Thursday puzzle / game

White to move and win The last of the Tal finishes for a while. Solution

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Sep
29

Poole Win 7th Team Battle

Only Poole and Southbourne turned out will full teams and they also turned out with strong teams. So, as is normally the case, it was a two horse race for first and on this occasion Poole gradually pulled away to claim top spot, amassing 69 points in the process, the highest total for a while. [...]
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Sep
28

Monday puzzle / game

A typical Rinck study where he makes a little material go a long way.

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Sep
26

Bulletin No.31 – Bashing the Birds Opening in only 3 Moves – Updated!

Martin Simons wrote the first version of this article 30 years ago and has just updated it with fresh analysis. Introduction There is a little known secret, guaranteed to give you an advantage after only 3 moves with Black if White plays his or her move order slightly inaccurately in the Bird's Opening. Birds (or [...]
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Sep
24

Thursday puzzle / game

White to move and win Tal has sacced a piece to reach this position. Can you finish it off from here? Solution

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Sep
21

Monday puzzle / game

Another Rinck study.

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Sep
19

Bulletin No.30 – The Chess Problem Column in the Bournemouth Echo

Did You Know? Welcome to the unreal imaginary world of chess problems! Many chess players might think that a chess problem is the same as a chess puzzle and/or a chess study. However, although they all have the same objective to find a solution in a possible chess position, they each have different meanings and [...]
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Sep
17

Thursday puzzle / game

Black to play and win Tal, playing black, finds a simple way to finish the game. Solution

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Sep
15

Southbourne Win 6th Team Battle

Wimborne returned to make the usual set of 6 teams.   Southbourne again turned out in force with 7 players, whilst Ringwood only had 3 and Wimborne 2. The top 3 positions were the same as in the previous battle.   However, whereas last time it was a fight for first place, this time it was a [...]
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Sep
15

Daily Quiz: Questions 51-100

Over the summer months until face-to-face chess is widely restarted in Dorset there will be 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. [...]
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Sep
14

Monday puzzle / game

White to play and win Over the next few weeks I will be featuring a mixture of Henri Rinck studies and Mikhail Tal game finishes. This one is a Rinck: not too hard and quite pretty. Solution

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Sep
12

Bulletin No.29 – Blunders Part 4: Local Blunders

Colourised version of photo by Bletchhhy (WikiMedia) under GNU 1.2 In previous bulletins we have looked at world championship blunders, other international blunders and why blunders happen.   Today, in the last bulletin on blunders, we take a stroll through blunders by some of Dorset's top players. We hope you enjoy them more than they did! [...]
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Sep
10

More Clubs Starting to Meet – Updated

Bournemouth and Wimborne join Purbeck in resuming over the board chess.

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Sep
10

Thursday puzzle / game

White to play and win Something gentle by way of real world chess. Solution

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Sep
07

2020 Dorset Blitz Cancelled

It is with much regret that I have decided to cancel this year’s Dorset Blitz Championship. The three main reasons are: 1. Although I understand that a couple of chess tournaments are planned for late September, I’m not entirely convinced that such a gathering is legal yet. 2. As far as I’m concerned, the Blitz […]

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Sep
07

Monday puzzle / game

Mate in 2 The last of the chess problems (as opposed to studies or game continuations) for a while. This one is simpler than last Thursday’s but still contains a big variety of different mates. Solution

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Sep
05

Bulletin No.29 – Blunders Part 3: Why Do Blunders Happen?

Colourised version of photo by Bletchhhy (WikiMedia) under GNU 1.2 Previously in Bulletin 29 we have looked at World Championship Blunders and other International Blunders. Today we discuss why blunders happen and illustrate them with a few examples from some of Dorset's strongest players. Next week we will finish with more local blunders. Introduction We [...]
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Sep
03

Thursday puzzle / game

Mate in 3 There is a lot going on it this classic chess problem by Anderson and Eaton, 1953. It has a theme (prevention of black checks on a5, d8 and g5, sometimes by black preventing it himself) and a wonderful variety of different mates. In the solution I have given 13 different first move […]

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Sep
01

Southbourne win 5th Team Battle

In the absence of Wimborne it was a slightly reduced field of 5 teams but nonetheless some interesting chess was played and there was a good battle for the top spot. It was a very close run affair with Southbourne, who fielded eight players, edging Poole out. Southbourne's top scorer was Jamie Doyle who has [...]
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Aug
31

Monday puzzle / game

White to move and win To my eyes quite a hard study with a tricky move to find and a difficult finish to work out. Solution

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Aug
29

Bulletin No.29 – Blunders Part 2: International Hall of Fame

Colourised version of photo by Bletchhhy (WikiMedia) under GNU 1.2 We continue our journey through blunders in chess.   Last time we covered world championship blunders.   Next month we will look at why blunders happen and some howlers by local players.   But today we are looking at: Man vs machine and you can guess who [...]
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Aug
27

Thursday puzzle / game

White to play and win

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Aug
25

Online Team Events Schedule

Martin Clancy has set the dates for the forthcoming Ringwood Invitational online team battles, all at 7:30 pm: Monday 31st August Monday 14th September Monday 28th September Monday 12th October Monday 26th October Reports on past events and the winners are here: Poole Poole Southbourne Ringwood

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Aug
24

Monday puzzle / game

White to play and mate in 2 Solution

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Aug
22

Bulletin No.29 – Blunders Part 1: World Championship Matches

Photo by Bletchhhy (WikiMedia) under GNU 1.2 Love them or hate them, we all make many blunders in chess, and they add lots of entertainment to the game! Indeed, in the bar after, it is the blunder move that is most talked about! How often are we left frustrated and bewildered when a well played [...]
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