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I usually have about my person some positions to amuse young players at the end of an evening. Here are some of my favourites: Problems Hints Solutions


White to play and... 1. Mate in half a move (?)

Coleman Brothers

[Event "?"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "????.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Coleman, Henry"]
[Black "Wallman, James"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C55"]
[PlyCount "75"]

What are the odds?

We discussed odds-giving last Friday - that is, starting without one or more of your pieces.

I mentioned one of my favourite Lasker stories, where he teased a player who didn't know hime, which I quote from Chernev (1948):

Exeter Juniors 1-3 Broadclyst Primary 6th June 2014

Having won our other two matches, we went into our last game with league victory assured, and so we ventured a younger team against Broadclyst Primary School, who for so long have been the core of Devon's junior squad.

When Ethan missed the start and Henry out-tricked himself, it looked as though we were going to struggle for any sort of result. Oliver set up a solid fortress while Redmond went fishing for chances against his opponent's King. After Redmond hooked a mate and Oliver's castle was breached, we went home with just one point.

Wales and West of England Junior Championships 2014 - U14 jamboree

Photo and game notes attached

Dear Team

Well done! We won the Eustis U14 cup for the first time since 2006, and
did so with a thumping score.

The Welsh were very sporting to spread their considerable strength over
two teams (Glamorgan and Gwent) so we stood a much better chance this
year, but I was enormously pleased with the eventual score (23½/30) and
the style of our victory. I think our boards 2,3 and 4 were outgraded
in every game, and yet over 9 games the dropped just one point between
them - fantastic results!