Mate in Two

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


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.

[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

Emailing games from Fritz 5

There is a free version of ChessBase's Fritz programme available:


Once you have saved one or a bunch of games, you might want to send them to someone. This is how:

Updated 'First repertoire' materials

Kevin Hurst has kindly been through the one-stop starter repertoire booklet and found a few errors, mostly small but one was absolutely colossal.

Updated files:

Oh, the colossal error? I left out some vital moves in a line of the French Advance:

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5 4.c3 Nc6 5.Nf3 Qb6

6.Be2 cxd4 7.cxd4 Nh6 (these moves were omitted)

When the Black Knight comes to h6, White might want to take it.

Junior Openings - Beginners and Improvers

Basic Opening Repertoire for young players You want a standard opening to learn?

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!

[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


by Sam Loyd, 'Organ Pipes'

Solution in the comments!

What do I do with my old score sheets?

What do I do with my old score sheets?

<tl;dr> version:

Enter the games on the computer and do something with them, like find other games with the same opening, or get a computer to suggest better moves.  In Windows XP, you can do all that for free using Fritz 5.32

List of free software for Windows: http://freechess.50webs.com/index.html
List of software for Macs: http://www.sigmachess.com/_macchesslinks/macchesslinks.html

Nagy-Keen, Friendly, 18 Oct 2011


[Event "Friendly"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2011.10.18"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Nagy, Dan"]
[Black "Keen, Charlie"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "B23"]
[PlyCount "62"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nc3 Nc6 3. Nf3 ({Well, I thought you were planning to play} 3. f4
$1) 3... e6 4. d4 cxd4 5. Nxd4 {This may not be a bad result, I know Charlie
has been looking to play systems with ...e5 not ...e6.} 5... Bc5 6. Be3 (6. Nb3
$5 {is logical and may give a slight plus} 6... Bb4 7. Be2 (7. Bd2)) (6. Ndb5
$1 {looks best to me, even though it means moving a piece twice.} 6... d6 7.

There's a row going on, down near Slough

Trefor Thynne organised the first U18 team for a number of years to play in the English County Junior Championships at the end of the Summer Term. The match was held at Eton College.

Story and games appended.

Many thanks to Trefor for organising and to Robert Thompson for his notes to the games.

National report: http://www.englishchess.org.uk/?p=11931#more-11931
Local Report: http://www.chessdevon.co.uk/HTML/jt.doc
Results: http://www.bjca.org.uk/results.php?eid=1575

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