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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

Puzzle / Game of the day

White to move How does white force a decisive gain of material? Once you have got the key idea for white there are a few ways to finish it off. Solution

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May
30

Puzzle / Game of the day

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

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May
30

“Dorset Local Chat” – Rapidplay started at Tuckton in 1995 as a “one-off”

Dorset Local Chat N0.10 – The Dorset Rapidplay – 25 years strong and last UK Chess Tournament standing in 2020 by Martin Simons and Mike Jay    How it all started, then developed – The Tuckton Social Club years (1995 – 2012) – Martin Simons discusses these early years (pictured above Bruce Jenks playing in […]

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May
29

Puzzle / Game of the day

White to move. How does white gain a decisive material advantage? Solution

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May
28

Online Team Challenge: 7:30 pm Thurs 4th June

As publicised elsewhere on this site, Martin Clancy of Ringwood Chess Club has organised regular online chess events for individual players. Now he has set up a team event for Thursday 4th June at 7:30 pm. As well as Ringwood, the following clubs have expressed an interest and their teams have been pre-entered by Martin […]

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May
28

Puzzle / Game of the day

White to move and win This is a superb study with some pleasing symmetry. Solution

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May
28

Bulletin No. 20 – Martin Simons reflects on 30 articles, 61 puzzles & 2 Towns

(Pictured above Martin Simons, Chair B&DCL and DCCA Executive Committee member. He has been the inspiration behind all the website “Bulletins” & “Dorset Chess Chats” over the last 2 months, providing interest and information during lockdown. They have required a huge amount of research and we are all very grateful to Martin. Also, as several readers […]

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May
27

Puzzle / Game of the day

White to move and win This is quite a famous and pretty finish to a game played 100 years ago. However, even if you have seen if before and remember the theme can you work out all the details? You need 6 only moves in a row in the main line to force the win. […]

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May
26

Puzzle / Game of the day

White to play. Mate in 2 moves. Solution

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May
25

Puzzle / Game of the day

White to move Black is threatening mate by Qh4/5/6 and Qh2 etc which at first sight is not easy to stop. How does white force a draw? Solution

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May
24

Puzzle / Game of the day

Today we feature another one of Ian Clark’s games, this one from the 1999 Jersey Open. Of that tournament Ian writes: “I won my first round and then played an up and coming IM in Simon Williams with black and I was whipped! I then lost to a German 2300 player in round 3. I […]

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May
23

Puzzle / Game of the day

White to move and win Solution

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May
22

Female players, your chance to represent England on 28th May!

On 28th May there will be an online event in which any and all English women and girls can represent their country.   You don’t have to fight for a place – the more on the team the better! Below is a recent post on Facebook by Jovanka Houska calls for  female chess players to participate.  […]

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May
22

Puzzle / Game of the day

White to move Magnus Carlsen, black, was trying to squeeze a win out of this endgame and had spent 4 minutes before playing Kh7. Can you see what the world champion had overlooked? Solution

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May
21

Puzzle / Game of the day

White to move What is white’s best move here? And after black’s most obvious reply what is white’s strongest follow up? Solution

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May
20

Puzzle / Game of the day

Black to move and win. There is only one move that wins for black in this position. Solution

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May
19

Puzzle / Game of the day

Black to move and win. Another elegant study. Solution

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May
18

Puzzle / Game of the day

Black to move. White is under attack but after something mundane like Bg4 or Qh4 he has good chances to survive and if he can reach an endgame his pawn structure could even be favourable. In the game Stephen Berry playing black found the strongest move which give him a fierce attack. Solution

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May
17

Puzzle / Game of the day

White to move. How does win material in this position? Solution

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May
16

Puzzle / Game of the day

White to move and mate in 2. Simple but elegant. Many thanks to Richard Quin for sending in this problem. Solution

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May
15

Puzzle / Game of the day

Black to move. Black has two ways to win material in this position. Can you spot them both? (This is trickier than it looks at first sight!) Solution

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May
14

Puzzle / Game of the day

Black to play and win. Solution

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May
13

Puzzle / Game of the day

Black to move. Black has a big advantage. What is his strongest continuation? Solution

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May
12

Puzzle / Game of the day

White to move. White has a good postion and has a strong forcing contiunation. Solution

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May
11

Puzzle / Game of the day

White to move. On the board is a well known type of pawn structure that is often objectively about level but in practice can be easier to play as black as he has the potential for dropping a knight in on d4. However, in this exact position white has a powerful tactical sequence. Solution

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May
10

Puzzle / Game of the day

Black to move. White is threatening c5 with an overwhelming position. But Botvinnik, black, was eagle eyed and turned the tables on white. What did he play? Solution

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May
09

Puzzle / Game of the day

Black to move. Black is attacking white’s queen on b2 and his rook on f8 but in the meantime has to deal with an awkward check. How should black proceed? Solution

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May
08

Puzzle / Game of the day

White to move and draw This puzzle is based upon a game between Martin Simons and GM Tony Miles. Martin managed to draw the game, a superb result as Miles was certainly a cut above the average GM. In this position black has a simple plan: play f5, move his K to e7, then play […]

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May
07

Puzzle / Game of the day

White to play and draw White needs to pick the first right move and a strong follow up to hold this tricky position. Solution

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May
06

Puzzle / Game of the day

White to move and win This is a superb and elegant study. It revolves around black trying to give up his rook for the e-pawn and white trying to prevent this. Enjoy! Solution

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May
05

Puzzle / Game of the day

White to move Mate in 3 Solution

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May
04

Puzzle / Game of the day

White to move Mate in 3 Solution

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May
03

Puzzle / Game of the day

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

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May
02

Puzzle / Game of the day

White to move and win With only one winning move this may look like a study but is in fact from one of Botvinnik’s games. He did not find the way to win. Can you? Solution

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May
01

Puzzle / Game of the day

White to move and win This study packs a couple of good twists into a few moves. No prizes for the first couple of moves but can you see black’s cunning defence and white’s elegant riposte? Solution

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Apr
30

Puzzle / Game of the day

White to move and win Solution

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Apr
29

Puzzle / Game of the day

Ian Clark’s near miss game against IM Gary Lane

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