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Sep
14

Daily Quiz Answers

Test Your Chess Knowledge No.116 - Chess Trivia / Laws To be awarded a Grandmaster title by FIDE, with a few exceptions, one of its main criteria is that a player must achieve a certain ELO rating at some point. What is this rating? A) 2400 B) 2450 C) 2500 D) 2550 E) 2600 Answer: [...]
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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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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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Aug
16

Success as Dorset juniors reach the Delancey UK Chess Challenge Terafinal

CONGRATULATIONS to two Dorset junior chess players who have made it to the Terafinal of the Delancey UK Chess Challenge. Leo Camopy  (U8 boys) and Larissa Cuthbert  (U12 Girls) were both successful in qualifying from the  Gigafinal  stage which took place on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th August.  Well done to both of you. Larissa [...]
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Aug
15

Bulletin No.28 – Patzer: the Australian magazine featuring Dorset chess!

Patzer is a regular publication produced in Australia but this edition features games by local players.

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Aug
08

Good Luck to Dorset’s Delancey Finalists

This weekend sees the second leg of Delancey UK Chess Challenge Gigafinals. To all those Dorset Junior Chess players taking part on either Saturday or Sunday, we wish you the very best of luck! The timings are as follows: Saturday 8th August 1000 – 1330 (approx)      Under 8 1400 – 1730 (approx)      Under [...]
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Chess game test

[Event "World championship"] [Site "Moscow URS"] [Date "1985.10.15"] [Round "16"] [White "Karpov"] [Black "Kasparov"] [Result "0-1"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nc6 5. Nb5 d6 6. c4 Nf6 7. N1c3 a6 8. Na3 d5 9. cxd5 exd5 10. exd5 Nb4 11. Be2 Bc5 12. O-O O-O 13. Bf3 Bf5 [...]
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Jul
28

Daily Quiz Answers: 51 to 100

Test Your Chess Knowledge No.100 - You are the Arbiter! A team captain in the B&DCL wishes to postpone a match. What is the correct process? A) S/he must give 5 days notice to the League Controller and then advise the opposing team captain. B) S/he must give 5 days notice to the opposing team [...]
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Jul
01

Coronavirus Consultation Questions and Answers

  Question: Why has a Consultation Document been issued now when it is clear that any return to competitive face-to-face chess is neither permitted now nor is it likely to be permitted in the near future? Should we not be doing this exercise when there is more certainty, relevance and clarity? Answer: The Consultation Document […]

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Jun
29

Coronavirus Update – Completing the 2019/20 Season – Feedback Received

Martin Simons would like to thank all those who have responded to the coronavirus consultation and updates.   Comments received in response to the 30th August update Paul Errington, Bournemouth, 31/8/20 Bournemouth Chess Club have started to meet up on Wednesday evenings for friendly games of chess at the Winton Liberal Club from 7.30pm. Other […]

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Jun
07

Daily Quiz: Answers 1 to 50

Quiz answers 4

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All bulletins

      ———————————————- (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 […]

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Apr
08

Puzzle / Game of the day

Black to move White is threatening Rb8. How does black get his punch in first? Solution

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Apr
06

Puzzle / Game of the day

Black to move White is threatning to take the black bishop on c2. How should black respond? Solution

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Apr
05

Puzzle / Game of the day

Black to play and draw Black only has one move to save this position. Solution

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Apr
04

Puzzle / game of the day

White to move Can you find mate in 5 against all defences? No prizes for the first move – it’s the second one that is harder to spot! Solution

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Apr
03

Puzzle / Game of the day

White to play A famous position from an Alekhine game but still a joy to look at and it may be new to some readers. How does white win quickly? Solution

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Feb
13

Talbot Heath School Recognises Chess Achievements

Talbot Heath has posted on its Facebook Page the achievements of Larissa Cuthbert and Florence Spirling at the Dorset Junior championships.   Well done girls.

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Feb
05

Black to play

What is black's best move? Hint: Look at where black's pieces are focussed. Count the attackers and count the defenders. Solution
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Oct
24

55th Dorset Open Congress cancelled

The next Dorset Open which was provisionally scheduled be held in Bournemouth on  16-18 October 2020 as been cancelled due to the coronavirus situation.   The 54th Open held in 2019 was a very successful event with 31 prizes totalling over £2,000.
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Delancey puzzles

Week 1 Delancey Puzzles

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Sep
22

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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Sep
18

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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Sep
17

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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May
04

B&DCL Handicap Knock-out final is Highcliffe v Purbeck; clubs have agreed on Mon 3 June

4 May: Martin Simons, in his Handicap KO Cup organiser role, has sent out the message below; followed by Richard Ursell’s reflections as the excitement builds Thank you for completing the semi-final matches and well done to Highcliffe and Purbeck for winning their matches in some style. The match results and reports can be found on the […]

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Mar
02

“Chess Knights” initiative running at Dorchester Library & Learning Centre & began 5 March ’19

Julian Cherryson, Dorchester Chess Club reports the excellent news that Dorchester Library & Learning Centre will be hosting “friendly chess sessions”. These will be for anyone aged 14 and over – and  will be called “Chess Knights” taking place on Tuesdays, fortnightly from 5 March ’19, 5.30pm to 6.30pm. Julian is keen each session is attended by at least one […]

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Feb
26

25 Feb: Derek Chaffey wins Highcliffe Quickplay (handicap + time increments) 5/6

26 Feb: Richard Ursell has kindly sent this news item… “We held a  Quickplay tournament at Highcliffe last night, handicapped with time increments. Congratulations to Derek Chaffey who won with 5/6, and Tom Trach and myself were 2nd. Full scorecard below”

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Feb
10

4NCL – Wessex A narrowly lose to fellow relegation pool candidates Guildford

The 3 Wessex teams were all in action this weekend, 9 & 10 Feb ’19. A playing in 2b, B & C both competing in 4s. On 9 Feb, Wessex A lost to Irish team Gonzaga 1.5-4.5. Allan Pleasants sent this report Saturday evening: A tough match for us against Irish team Gonzaga. After a long journey to Telford […]

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Jan
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21 Dec: Southbourne Christmas Handicap has record entry for “fun & enjoyment” – Len Laker wins with 5.5/6 & is also ahead on mince pies

Summary: There was a very pleasing record entry of 33 players at the Southbourne CC Christmas Handicap Tournament since the club has moved to its new premises.  As always, fun & enjoyment was the main theme with Christmas music being played throughout together with Bucks fizz & mince pies being offered during the tea break […]

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Aug
15

Wanted: a chess team! Please apply to Keith Gregory

Chess Team Wanted! Any grade 80 to 280! The immensely hard working and enthusiast Wessex 4NCL Team Manager/Captain Keith Gregory is seeking additional players for new Wessex teams in the weekend 4NCL (4 Nations Chess League). This follows success last season when Wessex excelled winning promotion to Div 2 and there has been a consequent […]

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Jul
13

Michael Duggan wins Southbourne Summer Blitz in style

Poole’s Michael Duggan (pictured above) scored an excellent 5/6 to win the Summer Blitz and earn £30 ahead of 18 competitors, who were undeterred in was Friday the 13th (July). Organiser Martin Simons commented “…Michael Duggan (Poole) played exceptionally well, remained undefeated and was a deserved winner”. Some other very good performances, including James Forster […]

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May
30

Eric Sachs takes part in 1st Belgrade Open (Air) Congress and draws enthusiastic spectators

Eric Sachs pictured taking part in an impromptu street chess game during his recent Belgrade holiday. Reports say he did very well, taking on the best of local players and was unbeaten

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May
11

Poole A 1 Wimborne A 3, County Div 1; Wimborne become County Champions!

10 May. Poole A have looked all season likely County Div 1 Champions, but in a thrilling finish to the competition Wimborne A defeated them to be league winners themselves with a fine win last night. Ian Clark, Mark Littleton & Peter Wilcock all won for the visitors and Ciprian Stanciu scored a full point for […]

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May
08

Wessex triumph over 4NCL Bank Holiday weekend & are promoted; 3-3 draw with nearest challengers Brown Jack 1

Many congratulations to the Wessex team who have been promoted from 3 South Pool C. They finished 1 point ahead of nearest challengers Brown Jack 1, after holding them to a draw in the final  match. In this encounter,  Martin Simons & Ian Clark both won, and there were draws from Gill Oliver and Jaimie Wilson. […]

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Apr
28

Southbourne 1.5 Poole B 2.5, County Div 3; Southbourne compete strongly, but Poole now 3 points ahead & championship beckons

26 Apr. Poole came through this test against a Southbourne team, who challenged them all the way. Dragi Popovic & Richard Smith both won for Poole & Paul Sandy (Southbourne) beat Adam Jaggard on board 4. It was drawn on board 2. John Harris, Southbourne’s  Captain commented “I played a 153 on board 1 and made him work […]

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Apr
26

Wimborne E 3 Southbourne D 1, B&DCL Div 4; 4 teams challenging for championship, only 2 points apart

26 Apr. Wins from Tim Joyce and Sepp Clarke enabled Wimborne E to pull off this victory against the league leaders. Boards 2 & 3 were drawn. Wimborne were slightly the higher graded team, except on board 4. For the Southbourne team it was a chance lost to pull away at the top, after a […]

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Apr
23

Ringwood 3 Dorchester A 1, County Div 1; Ringwood move up table to 3rd

23 Apr. Kenny Harman got Ringwood off to a good start with a win and then Geoff Searing (Dorchester) drew with Bruce Jenks. Chris Webb  (Dorchester) had winning opportunities against Martin Clancy on board 4, who forced a draw with perpetual check. The last to finish was on board 1 and Martin Simons played accurately to win […]

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Apr
14

Southbourne 3 Wimborne 3, Team Handicap Knock-Out Cup; Wimborne advance to final – see Martin’s latest report

13 Apr. An exciting and close match, saw Wimborne become finalists to play Poole. Southbourne, who needed to win 3.5-2.5, finished just short. Please go to LMS for score details and a report: http://ecflms.org.uk/lms/node/16376 Also Martin has sent out an updated report on the competition so far. Please go to very top menu and click on […]

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