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Aug
08

Bulletin No.27 – Purbeck Chess Club Returns to Outdoor ‘over the board’ Chess

Following several months of isolation and limited over the board chess, Steve Peirson reports on the welcome return to face-to-face combat for some Purbeck Chess Club members. Although the identities in the first photo above are unclear, the warm weather and apparent risk assessment led to the removal of masks fairly quickly and amazingly everybody […]

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Aug
08

Daily Quiz

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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Aug
06

Thursday puzzle / game

White to move and draw The black pawns threaten to queen but with precise play white can reach a draw. Solution

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Aug
03

Monday puzzle / game

White to move and mate in 2 This puzzle was the starter problem in the 2020-2021 Winton British Chess Solving Championship and features four different mates on the second move. Solution

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Aug
01

Bulletin No.26 – Animal Openings Part 4: Wrap Up and Local Games

Image (cropped) by Mark Wagner based on photo by Lilly M (Wikimedia) under CC BY-SA 3.0   Thanks to everyone who has contributed to these articles and especially Tony Pritchard who identified some extra openings and all those who contributed games. We finish with Three openings that were missed or miscategorised on the way through [...]
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Jul
30

Thursday puzzle / game

White to move and mate in 3 Thanks to Christian Westrap for sending in this tricky puzzle. Solution

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Jul
28

Southbourne win 3rd Online Team Battle

Southbourne convincingly won the 3rd online team battle by 25 clear points. The whole Southbourne team perfomed well, but especially Martin Simons who was on excellent form, amassing 26 points and dropping only one loss and one draw during the 90 minutes of play. Second place was hotly contested with Highcliffe and New Milton only [...]
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Jul
27

Monday puzzle / game

White to move What is happening in this position: White is winning? Black is winning? It’s a draw by perpetual check? Solution

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Jul
27

Daily Quiz: Questions 1 to 50

Daily chess knowledge questions

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Jul
25

Bulletin No.26 – Animal Openings Part 3: The Weird and Wonderful

Image (cropped) by Jan van der Crabben under CC BY-SA 2.0   Did you know? There are at least 24 recognised openings and variations with animal names - and that excludes dubious ones you can find in some corner of the internet but won't find in any book. This makes animals one of the most [...]
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Jul
23

Thursday puzzle / game

Kasparov – Andersson 1981 An 18 year old Garry Kasparov dismantles one of the world’s hardest to beat players in short order. I have not been inclined to give many grandmaster games on here but this one is not well known and is both deeply impressive and at the same time easy to understand once […]

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Jul
20

Monday puzzle / game

White to move What is white’s strongest continuation? Solution

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Jul
18

Bulletin No.26 – Animal Openings Part 2: The Birds

Cropped version of a photo by Rhododendrites (Wikimedia) under CC BY-SA 4.0 Did you know? There are at least 24 recognised openings and variations with animal names - and that excludes dubious ones you can find in some corner of the internet but won't find in any book. This makes animals one of the most [...]
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Jul
16

Thursday puzzle / game

White to move What is white’s quickest route to victory? Solution

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Jul
13

Monday puzzle / game

White to move and win Solution

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Jul
11

Bulletin No. 26 – Animal Openings Part 1: The Mammals

Cropped version of photo by Muhammad Mahdi Karim under GNU 1.2 Licence Are we barking mad? No, we are not at a zoo, nor are we suffering from Lockdown Lunacy but love them or hate them, you may have to face them one day! Did you know? There are at least 24 recognised openings and [...]
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Jul
09

Thursday puzzle / game

White to move What is white’s strongest continuation? Solution

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Jul
06

Monday puzzle / game

Black to move and draw Solution

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Jul
05

Delancey UK Chess Challenge – congratulations to our local junior players

Many congratulations to six of our Dorset Junior Chess players who obtained the required number of points at the Megafinal stage to qualify for the next stage of the Delancey UK Chess Challenge, the Gigafinals. Well done indeed as you were up against top juniors from across the UK. They are: Leo Camopy (Boys U8) [...]
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Jul
04

Bulletin No.25 – Poole Club Chess International

Pictured above is Roy Milner, main organiser for the international trips.   Did you know? Back in the mid 1970s the first informal (and unofficial) Poole Club Chess International trip abroad took place visiting a team in Cherbourg. The name of Poole was chosen at the time to reflect that Poole was twinned with Cherbourg […]

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Jul
02

Newsletter No. 7 is out

Nikki Forster has released Junior Newsletter number 7

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Jul
02

Thursday puzzle / game

White to move What is white’s strongest continuation? Solution

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Jul
01

Coronavirus Update – Completing the 2019/20 season – Please have your say

As indicated on the previous update message in mid June, please find below a detailed Consultation Document from Martin Simons providing the options available to us regarding the completion of this season and the start of next. The document also explains the difficulties and challenges we are likely to face when we return to playing [...]
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Jun
30

Poole win again in online team event

The second team event organised by Martin Clancy of Ringwood Chess Club was a huge success with 54 players participating, including a few from two Jamaican clubs with a loose connection to Salisbury. Congratualtions to Poole who won the event convincingly.   Oscar Garcia and Richard Allis were the top two points scorers in the event, [...]
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Jun
29

Monday puzzle / game

White to move and mate in 4 Solution

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Jun
27
Jun
25

Thursday puzzle / game

White to move and win Solution

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Jun
22

Monday puzzle / game

White to move What is white’s strongest continuation? Solution

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Jun
20

Bulletin No.23 – Correspondence Chess and the Dorset County Team

A brief history of correspondence chess in the county.

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Jun
18

Thursday puzzle / game

White to move and win White has a great position and a number of strong continuations. However, there is one crushing move here that leads to a quick mate (maximum 10 moves). Hint: you need a bit of imagination and/or some strong logic to find the first move. Solution

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Jun
15

Monday puzzle / game

White to move and win At first sight because the pieces have a line of symmetry it might appear that there must be two solutions to this puzzle. In fact there is only one. Solution

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Jun
14

14th June: Coronavirus Update

Below is a message from Martin Simons regarding the coronavirus and local chess. I hope you are all keeping well. It has been almost a month since the last update on the Dorset Chess Website and this update comes in two parts. 1. League Season Update The UK Government has started to relax some of its […]

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Jun
13

Bulletin No.22 – Chess at the Cafe Tratt in Swanage

With lots of thanks to Derek Mount and Steve Peirson who produced the article. Pictured above, left to right, are Dick Woodford, Brian Beard, Paul Stanley and Derek Mount enjoying a relaxing game of chess at Caffe Tratt. Taking inspiration from the Flirt Café in Bournemouth, in autumn 2017 Purbeck Chess Club member Derek Mount […]

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Jun
11

Thursday puzzle / game

White to move and mate in 5 Solution

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Jun
08

Monday puzzle / game

White to move Kasparov, playing white, has sacrificed an exchange for a pawn to reach this position. A quick glance gives the impression that black’s king is in trouble and there are a number of promising candidate moves for white. However, in fact only one move wins. Can you find it? Solution

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Jun
06

Bulletin No.21 – History of the Dorset Individual Chess Championship

The history of the Dorset Chess Championship in words and photos, and a few introductory words on bulletins for the comings weeks and months.

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Jun
05

Poole win first online team challenge.

The first online team event organised by Martin Clancy was well attended and seemingly enjoyed by all.   Five clubs fielded teams and Ringwood Nomads which was intended for any players without a team comprised solely of 3 New Milton players so effectively became a 6th club team.  In all 34 players took part. Teams were [...]
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Jun
04

Thursday puzzle / game

A few days ago we featrued one of Ian Clark’s games from the 1999 Jersey Open.   Today we have another from the same tournament.   This time Ian was white against Mike Yeo, a renowned opening theortician and tactician.   Ian does not normally shy away from tactics but against Mike he chose to play more quietly.   […]

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Jun
01

Monday puzzle / game

Starting today and continuing at least until face-to-face chess is widely restarted in Dorset, puzzles will appear twice a week on this site, on Mondays and Thursdays. Black to move and win Solution

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May
31

Welcome to Peter and Martin – as Mike retires

I would like to extend a very warm welcome to Peter Anderson as Webmaster and Martin Clancy, League Controller, both appointed from tomorrow, 1 June ’20. With my retirement from chess admin today, I would just like to say it has been an honour and privilege to serve both Leagues for the last 6 years […]

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