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Monday, 27 May 2013

Summer Programme Updates

There's still lots to come this summer at Chess Club. We have the AGM this week, and then on 13 June we have our "Thematic Tournament". We'll be playing the Sicilian Najdorf - Polugaevsky Variation.

There are some other updates to the programme too, including the addition of a "Lightning Tournament", and confirmation of the dates for the both legs of the BACL Rapidplay event. Check out all the details here.

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Puzzles Evening (Part 5)

In the final part of the series from our puzzles evening, we have the ninth and tenth puzzles. The answers are included below, but in white. If you highlight the relevant area with your mouse, you'll be able to see the answers.
Puzzle #9: White to move
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1.c5Ke4
2.h4Kxd5
3.c6bxc6
4.a6
or
1.c5bxc5
2.a5
or
1.c5dxc5
2.a5bxa5
3.b6cxb6
4.d6
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Puzzle #10: White to move
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1.Bd4Qxe2
2.Rxf7+Kg8
3.Rg7+Kh8
4.Rg6+mating swiftly

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Monday, 13 May 2013

Puzzles Evening (Part 4)

Continuing with the puzzles, here are numbers seven and eight. The answers are included below, but in white. If you highlight the relevant area with your mouse, you'll be able to see the answers.
Puzzle #7: White to move
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1.Rg8+Qxg8
2.Qg7+Qxg7
3.fxg7Kg8
4.Ne7#
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Puzzle #8: White to move

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The first two moves may be played in either order
1.Kc7+Qxg6
2.Nb4+axb4
3.Qa1#

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Sunday, 12 May 2013

Puzzles Evening (Part 3)

And now the third set of two from our puzzles evening. The answers are included below, but in white. If you highlight the relevant area with your mouse, you'll be able to see the answers.
Puzzle #5: White to move
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1.Bxf7Kxf7 (Rxf7 allows Ne6 winning the queen)
2.Ne6
Either white wins the queen (after dxe6) or a deadly king hunt follows (after Kxe6). --------------------------------------

Puzzle #6: White to move
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1.Qh2+Qxh2
2.Rh8

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Saturday, 11 May 2013

Puzzles Evening (Part 2)

Here's the second set of two from our puzzles evening. The answers are included below, but in white. If you highlight the relevant area with your mouse, you'll be able to see the answers.

Puzzle #3: White to move

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1.Rxh6+Kxh6
2.Qf4+g5 (actually Qg5 is best, but loses the queen to Qh2+)
3.Qh1+Kg6
4.Qh5+Kf6
5.Qf7#+
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Puzzle #4: White to move

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The black rook is ideally placed on the e-file. King moves lose to rook checks on the eighth rank. It turns out that e2 is the best square for the rook, and that any other square allows white to initiate a winning strategy for either Re3 or Re1
1.Rh7Re3
2.Rd7+Ke8 (if Kc8 then Ra7 followed by Ra8#)
3.Ra7Kf8
4.Rf7+Ke8
5.Rf4Kd8 (if Rd3 then Rg4, while if Re2 then Bc6+)
6.Be4Ke8
7.Bc6+Kd8
8.Rf8Re8
9.Rxe8#

1.Rh7Re1
2.Ra7Rc1
3.Rf7Re1 (the rook arrives on f7 with gain of time)
4.Bf3Ke8
5.Rf4Kd8
6.Ra4Rc1
7.Bg4Ke8
8.Be6Rd1+
9.Bd5Kf8
10.Rg4with Rg8# to follow
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Friday, 10 May 2013

Puzzles Evening (Part 1)

Since we had our puzzles evening on Thursday (9th May), I thought I'd put the puzzles online too. Just two in each post. The answers are included below, but in white. If you highlight the relevant area with your mouse, you'll be able to see the answers.

Puzzle #1: White to move
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1.Qg5g6 (not Qxg5 since Rxe8 is mate)
2.Qh6gxf5
3.Rg4+fxg4
4.Bxh7+Kh8
5.Bg6+Kg8
6.Qh7+Kf8
7.Qxf7#
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Puzzle #2: White to move

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1.Rb7Qb1 (if Rxb7 then e8=Q followed by Qe2#)
2.Rxb1Nxb1
3.g4+ (if f6 then Kg6)Kxg4
4.f6
White is a rook behind, but his pawns are unstoppable.
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