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Solitaire Chess

Visiting the hospital recently I spotted a nice new game. You'll know the game Solitaire, where you reduce a set of pegs by capturing to a single survivor.(Peg Solitaire to the Yanks [what they call Solitaire, played with cards, we call Patience]).
http://www.web-games-online.com/peg-solitaire/

ThinkFun have produced a chess version, available as a physical set, or a mobile phone app that you can try for free.
http://www.thinkfun.com/solitairechess

You're given a position, and have to make a series of captures to reduce the number of pieces to one.

A fairly easy one:

Mate in Two

Oliver and Leo had a go at this one, a favourite of mine:

RNB----k
--------
-------K
--------
--------
--------
pppppppp
--------

Over to you!

Need some help?

Read on...

Some points for starters:

If the Knight and Bishop move, that's checkmate, and in fact, no other mate in two seems possible.

Those are 8 black Pawns about to Queen, however.

So, move the Bishop somewhere, say, 1. Be6, to prevent the black King escaping.

Now, 1...a1Q 2.Na6#

And even 1...c1Q 2.Nc6# and 1...e1Q 2.N any #

But if Black promotes another pawn, it might be mate, but not in two.

Exeter Juniors 2-3 Torquay Boys' Grammar School

A well-fought match which could have gone either way, with lots of good ideas shown by the players. I think in most games the advantage changed hands a couple of times - exciting stuff!

I've added the PGN file so you can play through the games and variations on your own computer.

[pgn]
[Event "EJCC vs TBGS"]
[Site "Palm Handheld"]
[Date "2012.02.24"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Trott, Tomas"]
[Black "Worsley, Elliott"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C11"]
[PlyCount "45"]

{White's home-made opening was good enough to get into a fair fight, and both

EJCC 2-2 Newton Abbot Juniors 16th Dec 2011

One of the best and best-contested matches I've had the pleasure to watch. Well done to all players!

W Royle ½-½ Fraser
B Trott ½-½ Whitehead
W Keat 1-0 Ramesh
B Terrill 0-1 Chornenkyy

A tough game fought in the jungles of a hypermodern opening, in the end Black's
exchange was enough to balance an advanced passed pawn - or maybe the
other way around!

[pgn]
[Event "EJCC vs. Newton Abbot Juniors"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2011.12.16"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Royle, James"]
[Black "Fraser, John"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "B20"]
[PlyCount "83"]

Christmas Card puzzle 2011

--brrb--
--------
p-------
-------Q
-p-kpPp-
-P-pN-P-
---K----
--------

by Sam Loyd, 'Organ Pipes'

Solution in the comments!

Exeter Junior Chess Club: Season 2012-2013

I hope you have all had a good summer and that any and all tests or exams went well.

The first club night of the new season will be on Friday 16th September 2011 as I'll be away playing chess the previous week.

The Heavitree club doesn't have a membership fee if you're under 14, so I'll run this year again without a subscription. Please note that all matches will still be charged a £1 board fee for refreshments or petrol.

Keep an eye on our website at www.exeterchessclub.org.uk; junior news is listed on the front page

Dave R

End of season newsletter 2011

Half-term seems to have come upon us very suddenly! We normally shut the club for the summer at the May half-term, as attendance drops off so quickly when Summer arrives. So the last club night of this season will be Friday May 27th.

We might have a chat on Friday about what you might want to happen next season – more matches? fewer matches? some more coaching?

The first club night of the new season will be on Friday 16th September 2011. I'll write to you all in September to confirm this.

Nagy vs Regis, Fri 13th May 2011

Training game with notes

[pgn]
[Event "Training"]
[Site "HSC"]
[Date "2011.05.13"]
[Round "2"]
[White "Nagy, Dan"]
[Black "Regis, D."]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "C31"]
[PlyCount "56"]

{An interesting scrap. Both sides need to be sharper tactically!} 1. e4 (1.
Nc3 d5 2. e4 d4 3. Nce2 3... e5 {is the same line from a different move order.}
) 1... e5 (1... d5 2. Nc3 d4 3. Nce2 3... e5 {and again! The right plan in
this position is to play Ng3 quickly and park the Bf1 on a useful square - c4
or b5 - and then maybe Nf3 and/or f4}) 2. f4 d5 3. Nc3 (3. exd5 $1 3... e4 {

Should every child be made to play chess?

News story from the BBC about Armenia

Nagy vs Regis, April 2011 (1/2-1/2)

White missed a big chance early on with his home-made system, then kept the lid on Black's initiative later. White dropped a pawn while trying something on the King's-side, but when Black pushed his luck got a monster passed pawn. In the end, Black was grateful to be offered a perpetual check.

[pgn]
[Event "Friendly ECC"]
[Site "Palm Handheld"]
[Date "2011.04.08"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Nagy, Dan"]
[Black "Regis, D."]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "D00"]
[PlyCount "79"]

1. d4 d5 2. Nc3 (2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Bf4 {is the London System}) 2... Nf6 3. Bf4 {

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