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Jul
24

Poem No.7 – The Baffled Bishop

Over the summer months Christine Roberts is delighting and entertaining us with her chess poems. This one aptly describes the confusion of the bishop! I’ll tell you now, I’m so confused. My problem’s of a special kind - It’s not that I am underused - I’m grappling with it in my mind. When I am [...]
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Jul
19

Did you know that 20th July is International Chess day?

International Chess Day is celebrated annually on 20th July, the day the International Chess Federation (FIDE) was founded, in 1924. International Chess Day came from an idea that the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) had. Chess lovers around the world celebrate their favourite game on this day each year, in a tradition [...]
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Jul
19

Monday puzzle / game

White to play How does White get a winning material advantage? Solution

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Jul
17

Weekly Quiz No.6 – Find the Plan (and Move)!

Over the summer, on each Saturday we will be providing a Weekly Quiz Question on Find the Plan (and Move)! This will be taken from an actual game position and you will be provided with a number of possible options but only one might be best! These will be different to the Puzzles as they [...]
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Jul
15

Thursday puzzle / game

White to play and win Can you work out how to nurse a pawn through to the eighth rank? Solution

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May
01

Watch Dorset Juniors vs other counties TODAY at 2:00 pm

A team of Dorset juniors will be taking on Berkshire, Devon and Hampshire juniors in a lichess arena battle today at 2:00 pm. The games will be played at a rate of 10 minutes + 5 seconds and the top 6 scoring players from each team will count towards the team totals. You can watch [...]
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Apr
10

Bulletin No.56 – Team Dorset On Tour! – March 2013

Photo by Florian Pépellin  CC BY-SA 4.0 Although many Dorset chess players have played in Jersey before, this was the first Jersey chess tournament to be held for over 10 years and its return in March 2013 was well received. To add to the attraction there were 4 GMs and an IM all lined up [...]
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Mar
14

Rapidplay Sunday 14th March

The Tournament The 1st Dorset Online Rapidplay will be held on Sunday 14th March, 9:30 a.m. Full details and the entrants to date are on the Dorset Rapidplay page.   Updates 1. Entry Deadline The entry deadline has been extended to Saturday at 2.00 p.m.  for both individual and team entries. Entries after this point [...]
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Mar
08

Western Counties Championship – Dorset and Wilts lose to Devon

Dorset and Wilts went down 12.5 - 3.5 to Devon.   Ian Clark, captain of the Dorset and Wilts team, comments that, "The result was very good and we have had the best result against Devon! The result of this match means that if we can beat Somerset in the last round on 21st March we [...]
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Mar
07

Dorset Junior Chess – 5th March Online Chess event

This Friday, 5th March saw another excellent and fun, flagship Dorset Junior Chess Friday evening with online chess coaching and tournament. This regular Friday evening event continues to grow in popularity and is becoming the highlight of the week for many of the juniors. Coaching We continue to run online coaching in two virtual rooms to cater [...]
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Feb
17

Dorset Junior Chess – 12th February Online Chess event

Coaching Another excellent and fun, Dorset Junior Chess Friday evening online chess coaching and tournament evening took place this week. This regular Friday evening event continues to grow in popularity and the junior chess players taking part are becoming increasingly confident, both in their chess and with chatting. All the juniors are talking to each [...]
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Jan
31

Intercontinental Chesskid.com FIDE Challenge: well done to Max!

Congratulations to Max Teverson who played in the international tournament on Chesskid.com last weekend and came 52nd out of 524 under 8s - in the top 10%! The Intercontinental ChessKid/FIDE Challenge took place on Saturday, January 23rd, 2021 and included more than 1,900 players from 86 countries and six continents. The tournament included the most [...]
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Jan
28

Thursday puzzle / game

White to play and win Thanks to Niall Woodger for sending me this one. It is a position from one of Niall’s games and has a study-like quality. Solution

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Jan
18

23rd of January: Intercontinental Chesskid.com FIDE Challenge

Following the success of our Dorset Junior chess sessions on a Friday evening which include tournaments on the Chesskid.com platform, we thought that many of the junior chess players aged 12 years or under would be interested in the following Chesskid.com Intercontinental tournament on 23 January 2021. Chesskid are partnering with FIDE to bring us […]

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Jan
11

Monday puzzle / game

Mate in 3 Solution

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Dec
23

Dorset Junior Christmas Quiz

Welcome to our junior chess Christmas quiz. This year’s Christmas quiz features lots of different quizzical questions and chess puzzles to test your knowledge. What you can be certain of – they all relate to chess in one way or another! Please submit your answers to [email protected] by 4th January 2020. We will announce the [...]
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Dec
22

UK Chess Challenge Online Quiz 23rd December 3:00 pm

There will be an online quiz held by the UK Chess Challenge team on Wednesday 23rd December at 3:00 pm. Follow the link to take part. Everyone welcome!
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Oct
31

Daily Quiz Questions – Halloween Special!

It is trick or treat! The wicked witches are descending all over Dorset this evening and hoping to cast their spells on those who are not up to the task. Below is a collection of 6 very sinister and spooky chess puzzles that they have set. Can you solve them all before midnight and avoid [...]
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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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Jul
31

Bulletin No.72 – Endgame Corner: How to Win Opposite Colour Bishop Endings

We all know that opposite coloured bishop endings are drawish.  The defending side puts their pawns on the same coloured square as their bishop and blockades the opposing pawns when they are on the opposite colour.  A pawn up you will not normally be able to win, two extra pawns are often not enough, and [...]
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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
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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Jul
18

Bulletin No.73 – Local Games: A Stunning Novelty and 2 Black Kingside Attacks

Today we feature a brilliant opening sac that was way ahead of its day, and two attacks against the castled white king.  Plenty of blood all round! A Stunning Novelty! When Martin Clancy played this game in 2005 the idea of Nd5 in the Morra was basically unknown and must have given his opponent quite [...]
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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
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
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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