Saturday, 9 September 2017

CAN YOU SEE THE MATE IN 10 ?


Can you see the mate in 10 in the position above?  

It is white to play and if he plays the proper move, he creates a situation where it is mate in 10, if black plays the best moves. It is mate in less than 10 if black plays lesser moves.

The whole scenario is hard to visualise.

During the game I missed the move and ended up with only a draw.

I will post white`s best move in the comments section.

By the way, all these positions are from Fritz Rated Mode games.
The current setting for Fritz 14 is 2198.

Most of the positions I post here are positions I missed during the game, then they are shown to me by the Fritz analysis.  

Sometimes I cannot believe I missed such a move, on other occasions I am not so surprised, as the position was so subtle and complex, well beyond my ability.

I will try and post the whole game here when I get time.

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

CONGRATULATIONS TO STEVE SCANNELL AND ALL THE OTHER PRIZE WINNERS


Full details of the 2017 Ulster Championships are available online. Congratulations to Steve Scannell on  winning his 9th title and congratulations to all the other prize winners.

The game below played by Thomas Donaldson was given the best game award.


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ECC 12:12 And further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh.

Friday, 11 August 2017

WIN AS WHITE

It is white to move. White`s next move is decisive in bringing about a winning position.  

At  first glance it may seem that black should be able to sacrifice the rook for the white pawn while pushing his own pawn, thereby gaining a draw.

In the game I missed the best continuation and ended up with a draw.

I was not in time trouble, it was just a really bad mistake by me.

Can you see white`s best continuation? I will post the key move in the comments section.

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

I WOULD BE INTERESTED TO SEE A COMPUTER MATCH

Computer matches against top Chess players seem to be a thing of the past, since the advent of the really, really, really strong super computers.

However I would like to see Magnus Carlsen play a match against a commercial programme, with the programme`s rating strength set to the same as Carlsen`s ELO.

His current ELO is 2822, how would he fare in a 6 game match with Fritz using the programme`s rated play mode also set at 2822?

Such a match must have the possibility of being a good earner for Magnus or any other top player?

This is just one of the computer matches I remember following online.

BEST WIN FOR A WHILE



Got this position in a recent Rated mode game. It turned out to be my best win in quite a while. It is white to play, I played Nh5 and the game ended when Fritz resigned 5 moves later.

What pleased me most was the fact I was able to accurately visualise all the ramifications after Nh5, in many of my games I fail to visualise accurately.

Ecc 12:12 And further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh.

Monday, 17 July 2017

GOOD ENDGAME STUDY


Here is a good endgame study from a recent game. It is white to play. In the game I ended up drawing as I was running  out of time. Should be a forced mate in 9 or less.

The move I made was Ng5, which was not the best, though white is still winning.


Wednesday, 12 July 2017

WIN INSTEAD OF DRAW

Here is a position from one of my games against Fritz rated play.  It is an endgame with black having one extra pawn.  

In the actual game I ended up drawing, I am black and it is black to play. I was concerned that my King was too far away from the pawns and white`s King would be able to start breaking through.

Can you see the best continuation for black?

No doubt some people will find this easy, during the game I missed it.  I will post black`s best move in the comments section.

Ecc 12:12 And further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh.