Thursday puzzle / game

White to play and win White has sacced a pawn but has control of the dark squares. How did he exploit this? Solution

Monday puzzle / game

Black to play This position is from a recent Aronian vs Wei game. Aronian has grabbed a pawn. How did Wei Yi regain the pawn and emerge with a much superior position? Solution

Thursday puzzle / game

White to play and win It is a while since we have had a Henri Rinck study. As usual, this has a pleasing solution with just one tricky move to find along the way. Solution

Monday puzzle / game

White to play and win The first move is not too hard to spot but can you find the correct follow up moves? Solution

Thursday puzzle / game

Black to play and win It is not too hard to solve this as a puzzle but it would be pretty difficult to spot during a game when I guess most of would play the obvious Qxf7 which leads to equality. Can you see something better? Solution

Monday puzzle / game

White to play An unorthodox puzzle today: it’s White to play and mate but with the stipulation that you can only move the rook once. It is mate in 12 with the best defence. Solution

Monday puzzle / game

White to play and win This is a position from a game between George Wright and Florence Spirling played in the recent Dorset Closed tournament. In the game George played Kd2. What could he have played instead to gain a decisive advantage? Solution

Thursday puzzle / game

White to play What is White’s strongest continuation? Solution

Monday puzzle / game

White to play and draw At first sight White’s position looks hopeless but in fact he can save the game. Solution

Thursday puzzle / game

White to play and win Studies with few pieces can be very elegant and this is no exception. Solution

Monday puzzle / game

White to play and mate in 2 A simple problem with a pleasing symmetry. Solution

Monday puzzle / game

Black to play and win This position is from Lutz-Kramnik 1995. Can you find the 3 accurate moves for Black that finished the game? Solution

Thursday puzzle / game

White to play and mate in 2 A very simple puzzle that nonetheless took me a couple of minutes to solve. Susan Polgar would probably set a target time of 10 seconds for this one! Solution

Thursday puzzle / game

White to play and mate in 2 If it was Black to move he would be in zugzwang – his bishop is defending against Nc6 mate and Ndb3 mate. However, it is White to move. Can you see the mate in 2? Solution

Thursday puzzle / game

White to play How does White secure a decisive material advantage? Solution

Monday puzzle / game

White to play and mate in 10 There is more than one sequence of moves that leads to mate in 10 but there is only one method that mates that quickly. Solution

Thursday puzzle / game

White to play and win The most obvious attempts either result in stalemate or lose White’s valuable passed pawns. Can you see how White wins? Solution

Thursday puzzle / game

White to play and win This is a very recent game between Richard Rapport and Vishy Anand. Anand has just played Qd6. What has he overlooked? Solution

Monday puzzle / game

White to play and win This superbly elegant puzzle was kindly sent in by Anton Vann. Solution

Thursday puzzle / game

White to play and win Can you find the best defence for Black and White’s winning line? Solution

Monday puzzle / game

White to play and mate in 2 To my eyes this is a lot easier than last Monday’s mate in 2. Solution

Thursday puzzle / game

Black to play and draw Given the position of the two kings, a7 followed by a check is a serious threat. Black has to play very precisely to hold the draw. Solution

Monday puzzle / game

White to play and mate in 2 There are quite a few options to consider here which is what makes the problem tricky. Solution

Thursday puzzle / game

White to play After a series of mate in X problems we are back to the real world. This position is from Miles-Gligoric. How did Miles force the win of material? Solution

Monday puzzle / game

White to play and mate in 5 Another gentle mate in 5 Solution

Thursday puzzle / game

White to play and mate in 4 The board is round the normal way, i.e. the white king is on a1 and the black king is on g1. Solution

Monday puzzle / game

Black to play How does Black gain a decisive advantage? Solution

Thursday puzzle / game

White to play and mate in 5 Still eminently doable but personally I found this quite a bit harder than Monday’s mate in 5. Solution

Monday puzzle / game

White to play and mate in 5 Not too hard as the main lines are forcing. Solution

Thursday puzzle / game

Black to play Black has sacced an exchange and a pawn to reach this position where his pieces are perfectly placed for an attack. Can you finish White off with a quick mate? Solution

Monday Puzzle / Game

White to play This position is from Tiviakov vs Arbakov, 1989. White has a few good options but can you see a forced mate in 5? Solution

Poole CC has a new venue

Please note that Poole Chess Club is now located at Poole Centenary Hall & Club, 22 Wimborne Road, Poole BH15 2BU. They continue to meet on Thursdays but will switch to Mondays from 29th May. Further details are on the Poole website.

Thursday puzzle / game

Black to play Black might appear to be under considerable pressure with both his queen and bishop attacked, potential mating threats on g7/h7 and possibly a dangerous white passed pawn. In fact, Black is winning! Can you see how? Solution

Monday puzzle / game

White to play This position is from a Wessex Some Stars game in the 4NCL online where Richard Allis was playing White. Can you see how Richard won material? Solution

Thursday puzzle / game

White to play This position is taken from a recent GM tournament. The rook on c2 is attacked and Rxh2+ is also threatened. How did White save the game? Solution

Monday puzzle / game

Black to play It may seem like White has Black’s pawns under control. Can you see a winning idea for Black? Solution

Thursday puzzle / game

White to play Today’s is a completely different kind of puzzle. It is taken from one of my games in which I overlooked an important tactical point. I invite you to find the flaws in my calculations! In this position I played 54.Rf5+ as I can meet 54…Kg6 with 55.Kf3 which unravels my pieces whereas […]

Monday puzzle / game

White to play How does White gain a clearly winning position? Solution

Thursday puzzle / game

White to play and win At first sight, it looks like the d-pawn will drop and White will have the worse side of drawn endgame.  However, Alekhine, playing White, has seen further and gains a decisive advantage. Solution

Thursday puzzle / game

White to play This is a position from Tal vs Larsen. How did Tal secure a winning advantage? Solution

Monday puzzle / game

White to play and mate in 3 It is easy to find wins in this position but a little trickier to find the mate in 3. Solution

Thursday puzzle / game

Black to play How does Black win a pawn? Solution

Monday puzzle / game

White to play In a position that looks at first sight like it might be drawn, White has a very strong continuation. Can you find it? Solution

Thursday puzzle / game

White to play This position is from a Grandmaster game played last month, and is a good old fashioned Open Sicilian of the type rarely seen in GM play these days. White could retreat his knight on d5 with some advantage but has something much stronger. Can you find it? As the game is so […]

Monday puzzle / game

Black to play What is Black’s strongest continuation? Solution

Thursday puzzle / game

White to play and win At first sight Black has everything covered. However, White has a move that exposes two weak points in Black’s position. Solution

Monday puzzle / game

White to play White has well placed pieces for an attack. Can you find a combination that exploits the hidden weakness of Black’s back rank to give a winning material advantage? Solution

Thursday puzzle / game

White to play and mate in 2 Unlike Monday’s problem that had one forcing line, this problem has a whole variety of different mates on the second move. Solution

Monday puzzle / game

White to play and mate in 3 In one sense a traditional mate in 3 problem but in another not, as it was computer generated. Nonetheless, it has the feel of a human problem with a clear idea. Solution

Thursday puzzle / game

White to play and mate in 3 This is the end of a Jonathan Penrose game. There are several ways to win but only one mate in 3. Solution

Monday puzzle / game

White to play and mate in 4 White has a strong attack. How does she/he finish the game with a quick mate? Solution

Thursday puzzle / game

White to play and win This superb study by Martin Minski recently won 10th prize in the Sergey Zakharov Memorial study composition tournament. Realistically, White has a choice between 1.c7 and 1.d7 as the first move, one of which leads to a draw. The other would also lead to a draw were it not for […]

Monday puzzle / game

White to play and mate in 3 This is the end of an online game between Firouzja (White) and Carlsen. Can you spot the mate in 3? Solution

Thursday puzzle / game

White to play and mate in 2 White has a number of ways of winning but only one mate in 2. Can you find it? Solution

Monday puzzle / game

White to play Another crushing Kasparov finish. 1.Bc5 Qd5 2.Be7 gives White an advantage but with a still complicated position. Kasparov played something much stronger that finished the game quickly. Solution

Dorchester C.C. New Year Lightning Tournament

Geoff Searing reports on Dorchester Chess Club’s lightning tournament… Dorchester Chess Club were pleased to be able to start the second half of the season with their traditional New Year lightning tournament last Thursday (6th). 10 players enjoyed an all-play-all tournament at 10 seconds per move. The contest was close throughout with four players in […]

Thursday puzzle / game

White to play and win White has sacced a piece to reach this position but his pieces are well placed.  How should he continue? Solution

Monday puzzle / game

White to play and win This is another study by Aristide Dall’Ava. Regular readers of these puzzles will be very familiar with the themes in this one! Solution

Thursday puzzle / game

White to play and win A Harold Lommer study. It is not the hardest but has a rather elegant finish. Solution

Monday puzzle / game

White to play and win Black is a pawn up and with back rank tricks at her disposal (1.Qxc5?? Rb1+). How does White turn the tables? Solution

Thursday puzzle / game

White to play and draw A nice study with a few twists as Black tries to avoid the draw. Solution

Monday puzzle / game

White to play A 17 y.o. Garry Kasparov is playing White. His rook on a1 is en prise and his opponent also has d4 threatening mate on h1. How did Kasparov strike first to demolish his opponent? Solution

Thursday puzzle / game

White to play and win This is a fairly gentle study by Aristide Dall’Ava. Solution

Monday puzzle / game

White to play This is from a game between Spassky and Larsen. Black’s pieces look awkwardly placed but only one sequence leads to an advantage for White. Solution

Thursday puzzle / game

White to play and mate in 2 This position is from Carlsen – Duda in September of this year. Carlsen has sacced a piece for a strong attack. He has a variety of attacking options but only one leads to mate in 2. Solution

Monday puzzle / game

White to play and win Alekhine is playing White and is a piece and pawn up. However, he has some problems to contend with as 1.Rxc7 loses to 1…Rf1 mate Black is threatening to 1…Qxc1+ followed by 2…Rf1 mate Black is also attacking the rook on d6. There are a few ways White can maintain […]

Thursday puzzle / game

White to play and win At first glance it might seem that White is in trouble but it is Black that is going down! Solution

Monday puzzle / game

White to play and win There is only one move that wins here whilst everything else loses. Can you find it and the critical second move follow up? Solution

Thursday puzzle / game

Black to play What is Black’s strongest continuation? Solution

Monday puzzle / game

White to play and draw This is a study by Oldrich Duras. For the avoidance of doubt the board is round the normal way and the diagram is accurate, i.e the black king is on a1 and White can play 1.Qxf1+ if he/she wants to! There is a nice theme in this puzzle that gets […]

Thursday puzzle / game

White to play and win White is threatening mate but he has to deal with potential perpetuals. Solution

David Prior, R.I.P.

David Prior of Southbourne Chess club sadly passed away on 27th October 2021. David (pictured fourth from left below, partially behind Russell Pegg) was well known to local chess players having been active in the area for many years and particularly at Southbourne Chess Club in the 1980s and 90s when he held the position […]

Monday puzzle / game

White to play What is White’s strongest continuation? Solution

Monday puzzle / game

White to play and win This is a study by Peter Boll. It is not too hard to spot the main idea but it needs a couple of accurate moves to nail the solution. Solution

Thursday puzzle / game

Black to play What is Black’s strongest continuation? Solution

Thursday puzzle / game

White to play Korchnoi is playing White and his d6 pawn looks dangerous but there is only one winning move here. Solution

Monday puzzle / game

White to Play Kasparov is playing White and his queen is under attack. He could retreat it to h4 with an advantage but he has something much stronger. Solution

Monday puzzle / game

White to play and win This is another elegant study by the Dutch composer Peter Boll. Solution

Thursday puzzle / game

Black to play and mate in 3 Black has a number of tempting options but only one quick mate. Can you see through the clutter of pieces to find it? Solution

Monday puzzle / game

Black to play Alexandra Kosteniuk, playing Black, has sacced a piece for a strong attack. How does she now cash in to reach a clearly winning endgame? Solution

Monday puzzle / game

White to play and mate in 4 Today we feature another sharp Bronstein finish.  Good solving! Solution

Thursday puzzle / game

Black to play and mate in 5 David Bronstein, playing Black, produced this superb mate in 5 in a blitz game! Your clock is ticking… how quickly can you find the solution? Solution If you enjoyed that puzzle you might also enjoy Bulletin 80 which showcases more of Bronstein’s brilliance.

Monday puzzle / game

White to play Grabbing the pawn on b7 is far from clear. Can you find a much stronger continuation for White? Solution

Ringwood Chess Club moves to Greyfriars

Please note that Ringwood Chess Club has a new venue, the Greyfriars Centre. Having trialed it for Dorset League and Bacchus League matches in 2019/20, it is now Ringwood’s permanent home. Directions are available on the Ringwood Chess Club site.

Thursday puzzle / game

White to play What is White’s strongest continuation? Solution

Monday puzzle / game

White to play and win Thanks once again to Christian for sending a nice study, this one being by Rinck. As Christian said, this one is not too difficult but quite amusing. Solution

Friendly matches – Poole vs Bournemouth & Highcliffe vs Ringwood

Over the summer there have been a few warm up matches played as we all get used to playing real chess again. Paul Errington (Bournemouth) and Eric Sachs (Poole) report on two over the board matches between Bournemouth and Poole Chess Clubs played in September, the first one at the Winton Liberal Club, which is […]

Thursday puzzle / game

White to play and draw Black is threatening Qg2 mate which at first sight looks impossible to stop. Can you see how White can draw? Solution

Monday puzzle / game

White to play and win As regular readers will know, I am an admirer of Troitsky’s studies. Here is another. After White’s first move, there are three different lines to explore, two of which leads to clever, quick and different mates. The third line is longer and shows Troitsky’s genius to its full as he […]

Thursday puzzle / game

White to play and mate in 2 To my eyes a little bit harder than Monday’s mate in 2 but still with a simplicity and elegance to the solution. There are 5 different mates involved! Solution

Thursday puzzle / game

White to play and mate in 5 At first sight Black seems to have enough critical squares covered but Judit Polgar, playing White, showed that there is a forced mate. Solution

Monday puzzle / game

White to play and mate in 2 Simple when you see the solution. You can get to it with systematic logic or imagination! Solution

Monday puzzle / game

White to play White has a few ways to gain an advantage but only one crushing move. Can you find it? Solution

Thursday puzzle / game

White to play White is material up but Black is threatening e4 followed by e3. What is White’s best move and what should the result be with best play? Solution

Monday puzzle / game

White to play and win This is a study by Alexander Petroff. Can you find White’s initial winning idea, Black’s cunning defence, and how White overcomes it? Solution

Thursday puzzle / game

Black to play Spassky, playing Black, has sacced a piece to reach this position. How did he finish it off? Solution

Monday puzzle / game

White to play and win This is a study by Peter Boll from 2015 with the simplicity and beauty of those by the old masters. Solution

Thursday puzzle / game

Black to move What is Black’s strongest continuation? Solution

Monday puzzle / game

Black to play Black has a number of ways to win but only one forces a quick mate. Can you find it? Solution

Thursday puzzle / game

White to play Taking on h7 does not lead to a clear-cut win. Can you see something that does? Solution

Monday puzzle / game

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

Thursday puzzle / game

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

Monday puzzle / game

White to play White has sacced a piece for a strong attack. What is his quickest road to victory? Solution

Thursday puzzle / game

White to play and mate in 2 I don’t often feature problems (as opposed to studies or game continuations) in these puzzles as I find them a bit too artificial. In that regard this is no exception but it is nonetheless rather pleasing. Solution

Monday puzzle / game

White to play and win The last of the group of three Wotawa puzzles sent in by Christian who said, “This is currently my favourite study but it isn’t easy, there’s an amazing hidden idea in the solution which I found very surprising!” I couldn’t agree more – it takes a bit of work to […]

Thursday puzzle / game

White to play The prosaic Rxc1 would leave White a pawn down after …Bxd4. Can you find a better way ahead for White? Solution

Monday puzzle / game

White to play and win The second of the Wotawa studies kindly sent in by Christian. To my eyes this is harder than last Monday’s and requires a bit of imagination to solve. Solution

Monday puzzle / game

White to play and win Thanks to Christian Westrap who sent in this study by Austrian composer Alois Wotawa. We will feature a couple more of these over the next two Mondays. Solution

Thursday puzzle / game

White to play White has sacced a piece to get a strong attack down the h-file. What is the quickest route to victory from here? Solution

Thursday puzzle / game

White to play Thanks to Martin Simons for this puzzle with a good theme and a nice sequence in the mainline. With best play what should the result be? Solution

Monday puzzle / game

White to play and win We all know how tricky knights can be. In this Troitsky study, at first sight, only Black can possibly win but the white knight has other ideas! Solution

Thursday puzzle / game

White to play and win Another gentle study by Reti.  The question is how to deal with the black pawn. Solution

Monday puzzle / game

Black to play What is Black’s strongest continuation? Solution

Thursday puzzle / game

White to play and mate in 3 This position is from a Mark Hebdon game. Can you spot the forced Mate in 3 against all defences? Solution

Monday puzzle / game

Black to move Black has sacced a piece but has a nice mating sequence. Solution

Thursday puzzle / game

White to play and win The mainline of this study is just 4 moves long. Solution

Monday puzzle / game

White to play White is two pieces down so needs to find something decisive. Solution

Thursday puzzle / game

White to play and mate in 2 An elegant problem but not one for the purists! Solution

Wimborne-Dartford Thursday evening online events

Graham Hillman sends this report on an interesting tie-up between Wimborne and Dartford chess clubs. For over one year now we’ve had a small forum of players from Wimborne and Dartford Chess club meeting every Thursday evening (Dartfords’s Club night). When the lockdown first started Wimborne like many of its other Dorset clubs struggled to […]

Monday puzzle / game

White to play What is White’s strongest continuation? Solution

Thursday puzzle / game

White to play and win This is a fairly gentle study by Steinitz. Solution

Monday puzzle / game

White to play and win There is only one route to victory here for White. Can you find the key idea and also calculate the mainline? Solution

Monday puzzle / game

White to play White has a number of ways to win but what is his shortest route to victory? Solution

Monday puzzle / game

Black to move and win Black has sacced his queen to reach this position. How does he finish it off? Solution

Thursday puzzle / game

White to move and draw It looks hopeless but White can salvage a draw. Another study by Henri Rinck, perhaps a little trickier than most of his. Solution

Monday puzzle / game

White to play and draw Those of you who do these puzzles regularly will know that I am a fan of elegant studies with very few pieces, and so admire the works of Troitsky, Rinck and Reti amongst others. This is another Richard Reti study and has some similarities with Puzzle 4 in section D […]

Monday puzzle / game

White to move White is under considerable pressure but has a chance of his own. Can you find it? Solution

Online West of England County Championship – End of Season Report

Ian Clark has sent the following end of season report on the Online West of England County Championship which ran from January to March 2021. The very first online County championship was efficiently organised by Ian George of Cornwall. The decision for us to play was made after asking Dorset players who wished to take […]

Thursday puzzle / game

White to play and draw You only have two choices. Which way do you choose? Solution

Monday puzzle / game

White to play At first sight it seems White is under a lot of pressure. How does he turn the tables? Solution

Monday puzzle / game

White to move White’s queen is under attack and Black is aiming to remove some pressure. What is White’s best response? Solution

Thursday puzzle / game

White to play How does White emerge a whole piece up? Solution

Monday puzzle / game

White to play and draw This is another excellent study that Christian Westrap sent in. Solution

Monday puzzle / game

Black to play Black is a pawn up. How does he force the win of more material to leave a won position? Solution

Thursday puzzle / game

White to play and win Another study, this time by a more famous composer, Alexey Troitsky. A win might look unlikely at first glance but there is a way! Solution

Monday puzzle / game

White to play and win This is a study by Armenian composer Ernest Pogosyants. Once you have found the key idea there are two lines to look at on Black’s second move. Solution

4NCL Over The Board Tournament !?

In light of the government’s roadmap out of lockdown, the 4NCL management team has made the confident (or brave) assumption that there will be over the board chess soon after the 21st June. It has already booked the 4-star conference centre hotel Woodland Grange in Leamington Spa for its 25th 4NCL Congress on 9-11 July […]

Coronavirus Update

Here is the UK government’s link to its Roadmap out of lockdown including its 4 steps announced this week … Covid-19 Response Spring 2021 As the dates are indicative and subject to change, it’s too early to be definitive but with a significant relaxation of measures and restrictions for meeting up indoors scheduled for 21st […]

Thursday puzzle / game

Black to play How does Black gain a decisive advantage? Solution

Thursday puzzle / game

White to play What is White’s strongest continuation? Solution

Wimborne vs Chandlers Ford match

Graham Hillman reports that Wimborne and Chandlers Ford played a friendly match on Friday 12th.  It was conducted at the very civilised speed of 45 minutes plus 15 seconds increment and was held on lichess. The match ended in a draw, reflecting two well balanced teams. Options for future matches, possibly involving other clubs, are […]

Monday puzzle / game

White to play and draw This is a short but particularly ingenious study by Georgian composer Josef Kricheli. Solution

Western Counties Championship – Dorset & Wilts draw with Hampshire

The second round of the Western Counties online championship took place yesterday.   Dorset and Wiltshire faced Hampshire and drew 8-8 in an exciting match. The match was full of interesting chess and quite a few critical moments that went in both directions.  A few stood out as I watched the games. Captain Ian Clark won […]

Monday puzzle / game

White to play and win This is a clever study by Polish composer Szaja Kozlowski. Solution

Thursday puzzle / game

White to play White can swop queens for a nice advantage but has something much stronger. What is his best way of proceeding? Solution

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

Thursday puzzle / game

White to play and win White has sacced an exchange and a pawn to reach this promising position. How does he convert? Solution

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.

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 […]

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. […]

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

Monday puzzle / game

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

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 […]

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.

Thursday puzzle / game

White to play and win Solution

Monday puzzle / game

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

Thursday puzzle / game

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

Monday puzzle / game

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

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

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

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

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

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 […]

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

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 […]

Monday puzzle / game

Black to play Botvinnik, playing black, forced a quick resignation. Can you see how? Solution

Thursday puzzle / game

White to play and mate in 2 Even if you don’t try to solve this puzzle, it is worth playing through the solution as it is most impressive. Solution

Monday puzzle / game

White to move Can you spot a killer blow for white? Solution

Thursday puzzle / game

White to play and mate in 2 I like this problem for two reasons: whilst the material balance is artificial, the piece placements all look quite natural there are a large number of plausible tries for white but at the same time the key is quite logical Solution

Monday puzzle / game

Black to play and win This one is over 130 years old but a delight to look at. Solution

Thursday puzzle / game

White to play and mate in 3 Only one line to work out in this puzzle so in a sense it should be easy, but it still takes a bit of solving. Solution

Monday puzzle / game

White to move White has a number of ways of winning, but one is much more convincing than the rest. In the game black resigned within 4 moves but could have resigned in good conscience after just two. Solution

Thursday puzzle / game

White to play and win From Speelman – Short 1980 Solution

Monday puzzle / game

Another simple but elegant Rinck study.

New ECF Rating System Live

The new ECF rating system is live and can be found here. It features 4 digit ELO style ratings and will be updated monthly (though presumably due to the coronavirus there will be little or nothing to update for a while). Clubs are encouraged to enter any rated internal competition results through LMS which automatically […]

Thursday puzzle / game

White to move and win The last of the Tal finishes for a while. Solution

Thursday puzzle / game

White to move and win Tal has sacced a piece to reach this position. Can you finish it off from here? Solution

Thursday puzzle / game

Black to play and win Tal, playing black, finds a simple way to finish the game. Solution

Monday puzzle / game

White to play and win Over the next few weeks I will be featuring a mixture of Henri Rinck studies and Mikhail Tal game finishes. This one is a Rinck: not too hard and quite pretty. Solution

More Clubs Starting to Meet – Updated

Bournemouth and Wimborne join Purbeck in resuming over the board chess.

Thursday puzzle / game

White to play and win Something gentle by way of real world chess. Solution

2020 Dorset Blitz Cancelled

It is with much regret that I have decided to cancel this year’s Dorset Blitz Championship. The three main reasons are: 1. Although I understand that a couple of chess tournaments are planned for late September, I’m not entirely convinced that such a gathering is legal yet. 2. As far as I’m concerned, the Blitz […]

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

Thursday puzzle / game

Mate in 3 There is a lot going on it this classic chess problem by Anderson and Eaton, 1953. It has a theme (prevention of black checks on a5, d8 and g5, sometimes by black preventing it himself) and a wonderful variety of different mates. In the solution I have given 13 different first move […]

Monday puzzle / game

White to move and win To my eyes quite a hard study with a tricky move to find and a difficult finish to work out. Solution

Online Team Events Schedule

Martin Clancy has set the dates for the forthcoming Ringwood Invitational online team battles, all at 7:30 pm: Monday 31st August Monday 14th September Monday 28th September Monday 12th October Monday 26th October Reports on past events and the winners are here: Poole Poole Southbourne Ringwood

Monday puzzle / game

White to play and mate in 2 Solution

Thursday puzzle / game

White to move Black may have been feeling quite happy here as Nxh6 gives him strong play for his pawn. How does white burst his bubble? Solution

Ringwood win Team Battle

Ringwood win first mid-month team battle in closely run race.

Monday puzzle / game

White to move White has a commanding position. How does he capitalise on this to gain a clearly won position? Solution

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.

Thursday puzzle / game

White to play and mate in 2 There are plenty of plausible tries here. Good hunting for the key! Solution

Monday puzzle / game

White to move Black is material up and threatens to take the pawn on e7. How does white turn the tables? Solution

Bulletin No.27 – Purbeck Chess Club Returns to Outdoor ‘over the board’ Chess

Following several months of isolation and limited over the board chess, Steve Peirson reports on the welcome return to face-to-face combat for some Purbeck Chess Club members.

Thursday puzzle / game

White to move and draw The black pawns threaten to queen but with precise play white can reach a draw. Solution

Monday puzzle / game

White to move and mate in 2 This puzzle was the starter problem in the 2020-2021 Winton British Chess Solving Championship and features four different mates on the second move. Solution

Thursday puzzle / game

White to move and mate in 3 Thanks to Christian Westrap for sending in this tricky puzzle. Solution

Monday puzzle / game

White to move What is happening in this position: White is winning? Black is winning? It’s a draw by perpetual check? Solution

Thursday puzzle / game

Kasparov – Andersson 1981 An 18 year old Garry Kasparov dismantles one of the world’s hardest to beat players in short order. I have not been inclined to give many grandmaster games on here but this one is not well known and is both deeply impressive and at the same time easy to understand once […]

Monday puzzle / game

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

Thursday puzzle / game

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

Monday puzzle / game

Black to move and draw Solution

Bulletin No.25 – Poole Club Chess International

Pictured above is Roy Milner, main organiser for the international trips.   Did you know? Back in the mid 1970s the first informal (and unofficial) Poole Club Chess International trip abroad took place visiting a team in Cherbourg. The name of Poole was chosen at the time to reflect that Poole was twinned with Cherbourg […]

Newsletter No. 7 is out

Nikki Forster has released Junior Newsletter number 7

Thursday puzzle / game

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

Thursday puzzle / game

White to move and win Solution

Monday puzzle / game

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

Bulletin No.23 – Correspondence Chess and the Dorset County Team

A brief history of correspondence chess in the county.

Thursday puzzle / game

White to move and win White has a great position and a number of strong continuations. However, there is one crushing move here that leads to a quick mate (maximum 10 moves). Hint: you need a bit of imagination and/or some strong logic to find the first move. Solution

Monday puzzle / game

White to move and win At first sight because the pieces have a line of symmetry it might appear that there must be two solutions to this puzzle. In fact there is only one. Solution

14th June: Coronavirus Update

Below is a message from Martin Simons regarding the coronavirus and local chess. I hope you are all keeping well. It has been almost a month since the last update on the Dorset Chess Website and this update comes in two parts. 1. League Season Update The UK Government has started to relax some of its […]

Bulletin No.22 – Chess at the Cafe Tratt in Swanage

With lots of thanks to Derek Mount and Steve Peirson who produced the article. Pictured above, left to right, are Dick Woodford, Brian Beard, Paul Stanley and Derek Mount enjoying a relaxing game of chess at Caffe Tratt. Taking inspiration from the Flirt Café in Bournemouth, in autumn 2017 Purbeck Chess Club member Derek Mount […]

Thursday puzzle / game

White to move and mate in 5 Solution

Monday puzzle / game

White to move Kasparov, playing white, has sacrificed an exchange for a pawn to reach this position. A quick glance gives the impression that black’s king is in trouble and there are a number of promising candidate moves for white. However, in fact only one move wins. Can you find it? Solution

Bulletin No.21 – History of the Dorset Individual Chess Championship

The history of the Dorset Chess Championship in words and photos, and a few introductory words on bulletins for the comings weeks and months.

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.   […]

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

Welcome to Peter and Martin – as Mike retires

I would like to extend a very warm welcome to Peter Anderson as Webmaster and Martin Clancy, League Controller, both appointed from tomorrow, 1 June ’20. With my retirement from chess admin today, I would just like to say it has been an honour and privilege to serve both Leagues for the last 6 years […]

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

Puzzle / Game of the day

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

“Dorset Local Chat” – Articles 1 to 10

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 […]

Puzzle / Game of the day

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

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 […]

Puzzle / Game of the day

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

Bulletins 1 to 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 […]

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. […]

Puzzle / Game of the day

White to play. Mate in 2 moves. Solution

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

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 […]

Puzzle / Game of the day

White to move and win Solution

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.  […]

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

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

Puzzle / Game of the day

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

Puzzle / Game of the day

Black to move and win. Another elegant study. Solution

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

Puzzle / Game of the day

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

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

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

Puzzle / Game of the day

Black to play and win. Solution

Puzzle / Game of the day

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

Puzzle / Game of the day

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

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

Remembering Tim Crouch, who “greatly supported Dorset events” – “a true legend, always courteous and gentlemanly”

The recent passing of Tim Crouch has been reported – another tragic victim of  Coronavirus. As Martin Simons has commented, “he greatly supported events in Dorset and originally came from this county”. Tim was also very well known on the chess congresses circuit across the country and was “hugely liked and respected”. His loss to the […]

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

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

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 […]

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

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

Puzzle / Game of the day

White to move Mate in 3 Solution

Puzzle / Game of the day

White to move Mate in 3 Solution

Puzzle / Game of the day

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

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

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

Puzzle / Game of the day

White to move and win Solution

Puzzle / Game of the day

Ian Clark's near miss game against IM Gary Lane

Puzzle / Game of the day

White to play How does white secure a large, probably winning, advantage? Solution

Puzzle / Game of the day

White to play and win This position is from a game between Kasparov and Topalov.   The puzzle seems reasonably hard as it stands but Kasparov must have found the solution as a bare minimum 3 moves earlier.   The game is rather well known but so good that I have included it below with light notes. […]

Puzzle / Game of the day

White to move White has sacced a piece for a pawn to reach this position. How does white finish off the game? Solution

Puzzle / Game of the day

White to move and win Like many beautiful studies this has a theme (in this case trying to stop the black a-pawn) and a twist at the end. Sort of simple but sort of tricky at the same time. Solution

Puzzle / Game of the day

White to move Mate in 3 Solution

Puzzle / Game of the day

White to move and win Solution

Puzzle / Game of the day

White to move Mate in 3 courtesy of Fischer. Solution

Puzzle / Game of the day

White to move White only has one move to gain a significant advantage. Can you find it and the essential difficult second move follow up? A bonus point if you can guess which world champ was playing white. Solution

Puzzle / Game of the day

White to move and win The previous puzzles in this sequence have been from games of either grandmasters or local players. This puzzle is a study and we will post a few more of those over the next week or two, interpsersed with game continuations. In this one be careful of stalemates! Solution

Puzzle / Game of the day

Wihte to move White might be able to grind out a win after b7 Qxb7 Qxa4. However, he has much stronger approach. Solution

Puzzle / Game of the day

Wihte to move Mate in 3. Solution

Puzzle / Game of the day

White to move How does white gain a decisive advantage? This is not Tal style fireworks but it is still sublimely imaginative. Solution

Puzzle / Game of the day

White to move In a position that might otherwise fizzle out to a draw white has a forcing continuation. Solution The puzzles from previous days are available on the News & Results page

Puzzle / Game of the day

White to move White has a commanding position. How does he finish the game quickly? Solution The puzzles from previous days are available on the News & Results page

Puzzle / Game of the day

White to play White has a big postional advantage here and he also has a decisive combination. Solution

Puzzle / Game of the day

White to play and win! Solution

Puzzle / Game of the day

White to move h5 and Qc1 are obvious choices in this position and both are good for white. But he has a much stronger continuation. Solution

Puzzle / Game of the day

White to move White has an imposing position but 2 pieces under attack. What is his quickest way to finish the game? Solution

Puzzle / Game of the day

White to move It looks like white is in deep trouble but in fact has a winning sequence. Solution

Puzzle / Game of the day

White to move Another famous Alekhine finish and another beautiful one. Solution

Puzzle / Game of the day

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

Puzzle / Game of the day

Black to play How does black force a quick mate? Solution

Puzzle / Game of the day

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

Puzzle / Game of the day

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

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

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

Puzzle / Game of the day

White to move How does white gain a big advantage? Solution Today’s and yesterday’s puzzles were taken from the higher levels of the Junior Chess Puzzles section of this site. There are plenty of puzzles here for beginners and some for experienced players too.

Puzzle / Game of the day

Starting today, and running throughout April, we will be featuring a daily puzzle or game to keep us amused during lockdown. A fairly gentle puzzle to start with. Black to move Black is a pawn down. How does he turn the tables on white? Solution

Lichess: Ringwood make Weds evening & Fri afternoon “Open” to local clubs

26 March Update.   15 players from various clubs participated in the first Wednesday Open evening.    Read more in the results page.  The more the merrier so do consider joining the Wednesday evening or Friday afternoon sessions. 24 March ’20: Martin Clancy has reported the inaugural Ringwood club evening on Monday was fun and ran well, with 9 […]

Dorset Rapidplay attracts 48 entrants in exciting day of chess: GM Matt Turner wins

Sunday 15th March 2020 at Greyfriars, Ringwood In what might be the last chess congress nationally for some time because of the current virus crisis, the 25th Dorset Rapidplay was very competitive and had a great atmosphere. All 48 competitors went home with a prize. A record for this competition of £920 cash was paid out […]

Team Handicap KO

A date has been fixed for the Poole vs Weymouth Semi-Final

2nd Round KO Cup: Poole v Weymouth, Highcliffe v Wimborne (No. 23 on 30 March!)

28 Feb: Highcliffe and Wimborne have agreed to play Monday, 30 March at Greystones, Highcliffe. The away teams will be looking to redress a trend from the 1st round. In those 4 matches the visitors won convincingly, scoring 21.5 games points to just 2.5! Richard Ursell has commented that this will be an astonishing 23rd time Highcliffe and Wimborne teams have faced each […]

1st round KO Cup complete: Wimborne join Weymouth, Poole & Highcliffe in round 2

19 Feb: Wimborne continued the pattern for big scoring wins in the 1st round, succeeding 5.5-0.5 last night at Winton. Roy Egglington reports that Wimborne had needed to win at least 4.5-1.5 due to a significant grading advantage (872 to 741). Well done to both teams. Since their successful move to Winton Liberal Club at the […]

Dorset Junior Chess Championship 2020

A fantastic day of junior chess with over 50 participants from across Dorset and a few from Hampshire.

Lots of enquiries asking “what congresses are coming up?”

20 Feb: Just recently, there has been a surge of interest in regional weekend chess congresses, especially from parents, following the success of the Dorset Junior Championships last Saturday. Coming up in Dorset there is the Closed Congress at Merley on 24 May ’20. Ian Clark runs this and will be publishing information on the website in […]

B&DCL Senior Inter-School Championship

Entries now open! This annual Bournemouth & District Chess League (B&DCL) competition between senior school chess teams takes place in Term 2, with the first rounds in weeks commencing 2nd and 9th March and the final just before the Easter holiday break. We currently have Poole Grammar, Lytchett Minster School, Highcliffe School, Ringwood School and […]

3rd Simon Bartlett Memorial Congress, Torquay 24-26 Jan 2020

27 Jan: 6 players who regularly play in Dorset league chess took part, plus Oscar Garcia, who still plays occasionally for Poole – but now lives out of the area. The event was at the sea front located Livermead House Hotel. Results can be accessed via utuswiss.co.uk The Open was again won by Keith Arkell. Oscar […]

Ian Clark annotates

Ian comments on one of his recent games with a pretty finish

Southbourne Christmas Handicap was a huge success – here are the results!

  Message from Father Christmas (rumoured to be Martin Simons):     Please find the attached results from last night’s tournament (Fri 20 Dec at Tuckton) which was played in very good spirit and to the accompaniment of Christmas music. There was an excellent turnout of 30 players who enjoyed the Bucks Fizz and mince […]

Kevin Goater’s fantastic performance in Bucharest includes beating Russian GM

23 Nov: Dorset player Kevin Goater is achieving fantastic results in the World Seniors as reported by Allan Pleasants immediately below:- Kevin Goater is playing in the World Seniors in the Romanian capital of Bucharest. Kevin started the 11 round competition that has 20 grandmasters and many other titled players in it in fine style […]

ECF drive to encourage more women and girls to play chess

27 Nov: The ECF are strongly committed to see more women and girls playing chess, whether in a chess club, junior clubs, school or university – or just enjoying social chess in libraries and cafes etc. To this goal, they have appointed a Women’s Recruitment Officer, Tim Wall ([email protected]) Tim wrote to all chess organisers […]

Bacchus Bournemouth East will get underway from January with 3 teams & 2 “new” clubs

17 Nov: All set for an extra Bacchus division in the New Year as Southbourne, Highcliffe and Ringwood all give the go-ahead. For Highcliffe, it will be an additional team in Bacchus, whereas Southbourne and Ringwood are entering for the first time. The teams will be known as Highcliffe Castles, Southbourne Seagulls (tbc) and Ringwood Gambits. […]

Dorset well represented at Guernsey; Allan’s outstanding round 3 game recognized

28 Oct ’19: Allan Pleasants kindly sent in this report, plus his award winning game v Peter Rowe (Philidor Defence). The event lasted a week and concluded on Saturday, 26 Oct. The Guernsey Chess Festival at the Peninsular hotel has just finished with Grand Master Mark Hebden winning the Open section with a perfect score […]

54th Dorset Open 2019

Full results and a report from Ian Clark on the 54th Dorset Open

Christmas present solved?! – Game Changer is ECF Book of 2019

7 Oct: This fascinating book focusses on issues around Artificial Intelligence (AI), not only in chess but in wider society. It is written by GM Matthew Sadler and WIM Natasha Regan. They especially explore the extraordinary new software AlphaZero (AZ). There is a comprehensive collection of games. The book is said to be very readable, beautifully […]

7 teams contest the 13th Dorchester Jamboree; excellent event – Poole win

12 Sept: It was another really good evening of competitive chess played in a friendly and sociable atmosphere at the Colliton Club. Along with the 2 Towns match in Poole, this event has come to traditionally mark the start of the season. Many thanks to the hosts and organisers Dorchester Chess Club and especially Julian Cherryson, Mark Potter […]

Well contested 2 Towns match results in narrow win for Bournemouth

6 Sept: Martin Simons reports on the match Thurs 5 Sept at RBL Poole: A great turnout of 58 players. The result was completely level with 2 matches to go but good wins for Susan Kageler and Peter Anderson secured the win for Bournemouth by 2 points, the final match score being 15.5 – 13.5. […]

Bournemouth Simultaneous on Tues 3 Sept at Winton will celebrate opening club’s new home & is an “open” event

31 Aug: Martin Simons (main picture) will be the guest top Dorset player at the Winton Liberal Club (521 Wimborne Road, Winton BH9 2AW) when he takes on all-comers running a simultaneous. 7.30pm for 8pm. There will be an excellent buffet for just £5 a head. Bournemouth moved to this impressive playing location, close to the centre of […]

Dave Lockwood Memorial event highly successful & fitting tribute; 37 take part

19 Aug: Excellent report from Dave Fuller on a great day of quick-play chess held Sat 17 Aug ’19 at Poole to remember Dave Lockwood (pictured immediate left) who had been such an outstanding and loyal member of Poole Chess Club. He had been a member for over 50 years and played in the Parkstone and […]

Mike Waddington games

A selection of fascinating games from one of Dorset's strongest and most active players.

James Forster in state of shock after winning a strong Dorset “Closed” Open at Merley, Sun 7 July

7 July: According to informed sources, James was a reluctant late entrant for the Open Championship – he felt out of practice, the season is over etc. But enter he sportingly did, fearing the worst, as the Open section was so strong. But with 3/4 he played some great chess and won – much against […]

DCCA AGM 26 June ’19 – Officers report successful season – Highcliffe achieve a cup & league “double”

27 June: All participating clubs were well represented at the Dorset County Chess Association AGM, which took place at RBL, North Road, Poole Weds 26 June. There were reports on 3 successful congresses and the 3 league divisions were well contested, with 2 newcomers, Ringwood and Highcliffe becoming champions for the first time in Divisions […]

B&DCL Rules following AGM 19 June ’19 – both summary and detail of what has changed

  Image: John Belinger, New Milton (on the right) at the AGM presentation.  Pete Donaldson, B&DCL Secretary presenting. Steven Disney was the successful captain. New Milton B had the best points and games record of any team in the 5 divisions and will play in B&D 3 next season.       These are the […]

Martin Clancy annotates

Below are three games from Martin Clancy played in local congresses, each illustrating his entertaining attacking style.

ECF: Entries invited for European Senior Team Championships in Croatia from 18-26 Sept ’19

European Senior Team Chess Championships  (taken from ECF Newsletter 8 June ’19) Stewart Reuben writes – The European Senior Team Chess Championships take place in Croatia from 17-27 September 2019.  The arrival date and registration for the event are 17 September, with play taking place every day at 15.00 from 18-26 September. Departure is 27 September.  The […]

Highcliffe riding high after 3-1 win at Dorchester B secures County 2 – in debut season

12 April: Many congratulations to Highcliffe after their success last night, made possible with wins on the top 2 boards, and draws on 3 & 4. It was always going to be a key fixture, bringing together 2 strong teams and mindful Dorchester B were the one team to have beaten Highcliffe, at fortress Greystones, back in […]