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The simplest mutual full-point Zugzwangs

Tim came to the club buzzing with these a few weeks ago.

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A Zugzwang (German: forced move) is a chess position where, if it's your turn to move, you lose, and if your opponent has the move, you might be OK.

Here's an example from one of my own games: anything White does loses. We say, White is in Zugzwang.

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p----p--
-p-bp---
r----k--
---P-P--
--P---K-
P----R--
B-------

Black can doodle happily with pawn moves, but any move of a white Pawn or piece loses at least a Pawn. White in fact threw himself on the sword with

Return Match against TBGS 11th Feb 2011

Another close match, well done to all!

Board 1

[pgn]

[Event "EJCC vs TBGS"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2011.02.11"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Worsey, Elliot"]
[Black "Royle, James"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C44"]
[PlyCount "50"]

{Black gets his King displaced early on and it gets caught by White's busy
pieces.} 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 {The Scotch Opening, a good system for
White which creates an immediate clash in the centre.} 3... d6 $6 {This allows
White to upset Black's development. I think you did that in your last game

Chess: the musical

...coming to the Princess Theatre, Torquay

"Strictly Come Dancing’s Craig Revel Horwood directs an amazing cast in an extraordinary new staging of the classic musical CHESS."

…possibly the ultimate staging of Chess.” The Chronicle
"

Ancient chessplayers who remember the KK struggles of the late 1970s and early 1980s will find some echoes here.

Lyricist Tim Rice is apparently a chess player, although he seems to have let his grading lapse.

Read more:

http://www.princesstheatre.org.uk/prod-productions_details.asp?pid=2388&...

Let's chess again

From the UK Chess Challenge
http://www.ukchesschallenge.com/

Let's Chess Again:
http://www.2seeitlive.com/ukscc/ChessVid

"Sensational new chess video by Alex and Marcus of St Andrew's, Much Haddam, Herts"
http://www.ukchesschallenge.com/Music/LetsChessAgain.wmv

(via Trefor Thynne of Torquay Boys Grammar school)

Junior Chess Calendar

Always a pleasure

It's always a pleasure to have a chance to show these games to a new generation of chess players. Dan fancied learning about a more aggressive opening, and one of the ones we looked at was Evans' Gambit.

[pgn]
[Event "over loading"]
[Site "over loading"]
[Date "1963.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Fischer"]
[Black "Fine NY (skittles game)"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C52"]
[PlyCount "33"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. b4 Bxb4 5. c3 Ba5 6. d4 exd4 7. O-O dxc3 8.
Qb3 Qe7 9. Nxc3 Nf6 10. Nd5 Nxd5 11. exd5 Ne5 12. Nxe5 Qxe5 13. Bb2 13... Qg5 {

EJCC vs Torquay Boys' Grammar 21 Jan 2011

I was unsure whether to put in a team this year, but the squad put up an excellent fight last week to lose a close match to the visitors. The return fixture is in Fenruary.

I have the scores of two games:

[pgn]
[Event "EJCC vs TBGS"]
[Site "Heavitree Social Club"]
[Date "2011.01.21"]
[Round "1"]
[White "James"]
[Black "TBGS"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "C00"]
[PlyCount "67"]

{Good play by Black early on gave White the worse position, but White
gradually swung it around to a winning endgame, yet slipped just as victory

Least convincing e-mail subject line ever

Subject: Eliminate you mistakes with Colin Crouch
Date: Fri, 28 Jan 2011 19:38:33 +0000
From: ...@everymanchess.com
To: chessnut...

Happiness

"Happy is the man who can make a living by his hobby!", said GBS, but typically there's not a lot of overlap between my day job in health and education and my pastime of chess.

Then two come along at once :)

My colleague David McGeorge called to my attention to some research about going second, which looked at penalty shoot-outs and the game of chess.

Two from the top and the rest small, please Carol

Penny dropped: it's the Countdown numbers game!

There's a special captain's treat that I save for myself, which is picking the teams for the Peter Rooke Cup. I'm after the best team of 8 players for the matches from the available pool, who together are inside the grading limit of 1120 (formerly 1000).

After some fiddling with a spreadsheet, I managed to hit exactly the limit of 1120 this year, one chap dropped out, then the closest I could get was 1119, which is still pretty good.

Then today our opponents cancelled because of Weather, so I have to start again...

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