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