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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
16

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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Jan
14

Thursday puzzle / game

Today we have another game from Allan Pleasants from his successful 2017 Welsh Championship campaign. An interesting game with a very pretty finish! Click here to see the game with Allan’s splendid annotations.

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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
11

Monday puzzle / game

Mate in 3 Solution

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Jan
10

First West of England Online Counties Match Sunday 10th Jan – Watch the games live this evening!

The combined Dorset and Wilts team which is being captained by Ian Clark will play its first match this coming Sunday at 7:00pm against Gloucester.   The parings for this match are shown at the end of this article. The match will be conducted on Lichess and it will be possible to follow the games.  You […]

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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
07

Wimborne U125 Tournaments Tuesdays 2 pm

Wimborne have been running online tournaments on Tuesday afternoons for a while and would like to notify everyone that these are open to players from other local clubs. The details are: Held on lichess for players graded under 125 old money Tuesday 2 pm – 5 pm Time limit: 20 minutes + 10 seconds increment. […]

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Jan
07

Thursday puzzle / game

White to play and win This may look like a composed position but is from Shabalov-Krush 2004. Only one move wins for White here. Can you find it? Solution

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Jan
05

1st Team Battle of the Year: Southbourne win

They won the last battle of 2020 and now Southbourne have won the first of 2021. With no fellow Wimborne team-mates, Ian Clark played for Ringwood who nonetheless only had three players.   Allan Pleasants was also bereft of team-mates but turned downed an offer from Martin Clancy to join another team, despite several clamouring for [...]
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Jan
04

Monday puzzle / game

Mate in 2 An easy but elegant one with which to start the new year. Solution

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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

Online Tournament Schedule Changes

The format of the Monday and Wednesday sessions is changing in the new year.

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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
22

Southbourne win last Team Battle of the year

Southbourne put in a superb performance to comfortably win the last team battle of the year, notching up 89 points in the process, one of the highest ever scores.  It was a good team effort as many of their players scored well, with Alan Dommett being their top scorer and Keith Gregory once again going [...]
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Dec
21

Monday puzzle / game

In Bulletin No.35 we covered the story of Allan Pleasants becoming Welsh Champion, which included the end of his game against Paul Hatchett. This was an interesting game and you can see the whole of it with Allan’s annotations here.

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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
17

Thursday puzzle / game

White to play and win Solution

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Dec
14

Monday puzzle / game

White to play and draw If you looked at Thursday’s puzzle you will have a hint for this one! Solution

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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
10

Thursday puzzle / game

White to play and draw This is another puzzle kindly sent in by Christian Westrap. Solution

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Dec
08

Poole make it 3 in a row in team battle.

Once again no Wimborne team with Ian Clark guesting for Ringwood in the absence of any team mates. Poole won once more, comfortably ahead of Southbourne, to make it three victories in a row.   All the Poole team scored well but perhaps the most notable performance was from Oscar Garcia who only played 5 games [...]
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Dec
07

Monday puzzle / game

White to play White has a commanding position. Can you see his quickest way to finish the game off? Solution

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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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Dec
03

Thursday puzzle / game

White to play and mate in 2 We are firmly back in problem world here with an obvious (to my inexpert eyes) try that fails and a key that makes the same idea work. Solution

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Nov
30

Monday puzzle / game

Black to play and mate in 8 Another Schlechter game. Black has a number of ways of winning but can you find Schlechter’s mate in 8? Solution

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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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Nov
26

Thursday puzzle / game

White to play and win Simple but clever! Solution

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Nov
24

Poole win again in Team Battle

Once again no Wimborne team but once again a well fought evening of chess that came down to the wire. Poole won again, finishing just four points ahead of Southbourne with the result being decided in the last minute of play. There was also the traditional battle for third place between Highcliffe and Ringwood, with [...]
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Nov
23

Monday puzzle / game

White to play and win This is the first of three Carl Schlechter games we will be featuring in a row. Schlechter certainly had a very sharp eye for a combination. Solution

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Nov
21

Bulletin No.36 – The 1993 World Chess Championship Revisited – Part 2

The photo above is of the VHS tape of the match by Messrs Keene and King. In Part 1, we covered how two local chess players, but one in particular, had the privilege of attending and reporting on the 1993 Short versus Kasparov World Chess Championship at the Savoy Hotel in London, and who also [...]
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Nov
19

Thursday puzzle / game

White to play and mate in 8 This is another Sam Loyd problem.   White’s challenge is to avoid stalemating black. Solution

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Nov
16

West of England Counties Online Championship Details

Ian Clark has provided an update on the West of England Counties Online Championship and reports that good progress has been made in both organising the event and assembling a squad. The key points are: Dorset and Wiltshire will be fielding a combined team to ensure a large enough squad which currently comprises 15 Dorset […]

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Nov
16

Monday puzzle / game

White to move and win It is 1996 and a 44 year old Jan Timman is playing a 16 year old Peter Leko. Timman showed he still had his tactical sharpness by forcing a quick resignation. Solution

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Nov
14

Bulletin No.36 – The 1993 World Chess Championship Revisited – Part 1

No, we are not talking about the eagerly awaited Taylor v Kasparov match (pictured above and below) which immediately followed but the Short v Kasparov World Championship match! Billed as perhaps being the most exciting and important time in UK chess, the World Chess Championship in 1993 in its final pre-match stages suddenly became one [...]
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Nov
12

Thursday puzzle / game

White to move and mate in 5 This is a problem by Sam Loyd. The story goes that someone was bragging that they could tell at a glance which piece would deliver mate in a chess problem. Loyd composed this puzzle and asked the chap which piece he thought least likely to deliver mate and […]

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