Wednesday, 18 October 2017

BOMBSHELL

Providence has landed a bombshell on the South Belfast Chess Club. Apparently the Ulster Bankers Club will be closing at the end of the year.

So, the SB committee will be urgently looking for a new venue. Will be ironic if they end up back at Fisherwick???

Meanwhile tonight`s league game against Civil Service was a decisive 4.5 defeat for the SB A team.

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, 13 October 2017

ONLINE CHESS

I very rarely play online chess on any server as I have discovered I can hardly win a game.

On Wednesday night I did play a couple of games on Chess.com. My opponent was a computer programme named Computer 3-HARD rated at 1603.

In both game I was victorious, just goes to show it is easier for me to win games against a computer programme, than it is to win games against "humans."

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.

Saturday, 7 October 2017

THE GINGER GM HAS THE ABILITY TO MAKE CHESS ENTERTAINING AND FUN

Great video of GM Simon Williams preparing for his match against GM Ben Finegold.   

Simon Williams has, or has developed, the art of making Chess entertaining and fun.  This is a real talent.



Proverbs 22:29 Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men.



Thursday, 5 October 2017

NEVER MIND THE QUALITY, FEEL THE WIDTH

Forget about Magnus Carlsen winning the Isle Of Man chess, the tournament he took part in was not the most interesting tournament of the occasion.

The real interesting tournament was the Minor chess tournament which run alongside Magnus Carlsen`s tournament.

It was interesting for a bad reason which seems to plague what we could call "Amateur Chess."

Before the Minor tournament even started I was able to tell colleagues who would win it easily, plus I could point out that the winner would be one of the competitors who was not particularly highly rated!

A few years ago, I noticed a guy playing in one of the Gibraltar Amateur due to his "body language."  He was strolling about the place radiating an outward "super confidence" which belied his "Amateur status" and his rating of approx 1400!

Naturally he won the tournament, I suspect he may have won the same tournament on the following year as well!

His rating seems to have went up a little since Gibraltar, but not enough to hinder him, entering and easily winning the 2017 IOM  Minor tournament.

It has reached the stage where "Amateur chess players," who enter tournaments for people with ratings below 2000, need to start ascertaining before the tournament starts, whether all the "competitors" are legitimate or not.  It is too late to say or do anything once the tournament has started.

I am pretty certain if I see an Amateur chess tournament anywhere in Europe, and the entry consists of some "Moroccan players," some "Nigerian players" or some "Romanian players" then it is impossible to know if the players are genuinely of an amateur playing strength or not.

The first time I came across this phenomenon was in Gibraltar in 2009.  A certain Mr. Haddou Sellak from Morroco was put down in the starting list as approx a 1200 player.  

He exhibited the exact same body language as the "Romanian guy" who won the recent IOM Minor.

Body language can be a very interesting subject.  I did write about it on another blog.


Proverbs 6:16 These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:
17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Monday, 25 September 2017

A FITTING TRIBUTE TO RAY DEVENNEY

The UCU website carries a very nice article paying tribute to our respected and popular Chess colleague, Ray Devenney.  

Ray is on the move to Newcastle Upon Tyne in North England.

Best wishes for the future Ray.  I am posting this picture courtesy of the UCU.





Psalm 37:23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way.

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.