Chess pieces Dorset Chess

This part of the website is for analysing games plus some general guidance on how to improve at chess.

The principal subsections are:

Games Analysis  Alan has a national reputation as a chess writer and analyst . In this column he features interesting games from Dorset players, mainly from the British Championships held at Bournemouth in July/August 2016

Martin’s Column  During the British Championships,Martin Simons not only played in the Championship itself, he somehow found time to write a daily commentary on how Dorset players were faring, with games analysis as well

Bashing the Birds  Martin assesses the potential of the relatively unknown Birds Opening, also known as the Nimzo-Larsen

Improve your Chess  An article with tips to improve performance, reproduced the International Chess School

[pgn] [Event "1st Dorset Chess Congress"] [Site "New York, NY USA"] [Date "2018.11.03"] [Round "4.6"] [White "Paulsen, Louis"] [Black "Morphy, Paul"] [Result "0-1"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bb5 Bc5 5. O-O O-O 6. Nxe5 Re8 7. Nxc6 dxc6 8. Bc4 b5 9. Be2 Nxe4 10. Nxe4 Rxe4 11. Bf3 Re6 12. c3 Qd3 13. b4 Bb6 14. a4 bxa4 15. Qxa4 Bd7 16. Ra2 Rae8 17. Qa6 {[#] Morphy took twelve minutes over his next move, probably to assure himself that the combination was sound and that he had a forced win in every variation. } 17... Qxf3 !! 18. gxf3 Rg6+ 19. Kh1 Bh3 20. Rd1 ({Not} 20. Rg1 Rxg1+ 21. Kxg1 Re1+ -+) 20... Bg2+ 21. Kg1 Bxf3+ 22. Kf1 Bg2+ (22...Rg2 ! {would have won more quickly. For instance:} 23. Qd3 Rxf2+ 24. Kg1 Rg2+ 25. Kh1 Rg1#) 23. Kg1 Bh3+ 24. Kh1 Bxf2 25. Qf1 {Absolutely forced.} 25... Bxf1 26. Rxf1 Re2 27. Ra1 Rh6 28. d4 Be3 0-1 [/pgn]
Dorset Chess
Dorset Chess
The 24th Dorset Rapidplay will take place on Sunday, 24 March '19 and again at Greyfriars, Ringwood. Entry will be possible through the Dorset website just before Christmas '18. Pictured the 2018 joint winners (from the left): Peter Anderson, John Weatherlake, Gregorz Sawicki and Mike Waddington
Dorset Chess
Dorset Chess
Weds 12 Sept '18 On a most enjoyable night as the season commenced with the traditional curtain raiser, Poole beat Bournemouth 17-12 to win the trophy for the first time in 4 years. Quote from the losing captain Martin Simons "it was a great night, great venue, great spirit and some great chess and very well done to Poole". Martin complimented his team on arriving by 7.15pm for the match and he had no withdrawals. His actual words...."proud and impressed".

Winning captain Eric Sachs commented ' I am so proud of our team where 18 Poole club members took part and were supported ably by Wimborne and Ringwood players. It was a night when all the players came together, but it is lot of work arranging. Martin did much to bring all his players to the match and was very gracious in stepping down to even up the pairings on the top board. It's nice to win at the time, and disappointing to lose on the night, but the overall success of the event and the spirit of 58 local players giving their best, playing chess, is the real winner. Special thanks to the helpers Steve Bailey, John Weatherlake, Adam Jaggard and Graham Morris for managing the bookstall etc and anyone else I have forgotten who supported the evening".
Dorset Chess
Dorset Chess
See the Poole Chess website for the fascinating story behind Steve Bailey's visually impaired Barbados cricket tour during July '18. The Poole club ran fund raising activities to enable Steve to take part as Head Coach. The tour was a huge success!