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.

Friday, 30 June 2017

PAWN SACRIFICE



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, 17 June 2017

CHESS, RIDDLES AND THE BRITISH ESTABLISHMENT "UPDATED"

Sometime ago I published an article titled "CHESS, RIDDLES AND THE BRITISH ESTABLISHMENT.

Due to another local story in the past week providing a key clue to solving the riddle, I have decided to update the article here.

"Mister B" was mentioned in the article referred to in this link. "Mister B" was  John Murphy.

This key piece of information should enable any self-respecting logical chess player with enough information to work out who "Mister A" is and who "Mister F" is, plus all the other letters of the alphabet.

Plus, if "Mister A," "Mister B" and "Mister F" have been secretly working for the various arms of the British Intelligence services they really have the British government over a barrel don`t they?

It is strange have never been "convicted?"




James 1:5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

BOBBY FISCHER AND "BRITISH ISRAELISM"

Thursday, 11 May 2017

FORCED MATE IN 16

A position arose in one of my games against the computer programme, which leads to a forced mate in 16 moves  for the black pieces.

Needless to say, I did not see it during the game, though I still won. See if you can visualise the forced mate in 16. The position is below, it is black to play


Tuesday, 2 May 2017

BELFAST RAPID PLAY

Here is a very short video of the Belfast Rapid Play which took place on 28/4/2017. There was a very good turn out for this enjoyable and well run tournament.



A link with full report for the tournament site.

Congratulations to all the prize winners.

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, 10 April 2017

LAST MATCH OF THE SEASON

The last match of the season was a 3.5-1.5 defeat at the hands of potential champions Muldoons.

Well done to Graeme and Richard on scoring the 1.5

Here is a short video of the Muldoons versus BS match which took place at Muldoons alternative venue in Clifton House.



This video shows the BS versus Muldoons match which took place at the BS alternative venue a few weeks ago.



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, 10 February 2017

ANNUAL CHESS SIMUL NEXT THURSDAY

The traditional UCU Chess simul is on Thursday 16th February at Inst.
This has proven to be a very popular annual event and this year GM Mark Hebden is the guest star.

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

TO RUSSIA WITH LOVE

A brilliant idea has emerged from within the Ulster Chess Community.  A fundraising venture to send three kids to Russia.

Brendan Jamison seems to be deeply involved in the enterprise.

You can read the details at this link.

Here is a Russian folksong which was hi-jacked and turned into a Western pop tune.


If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

Saturday, 14 January 2017

SOUTH BELFAST VERSUS QUEENS

A very brief report from Rookie and video clip.





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1.Ray Devenney 0.5-0.5 Sergio Esteve Sanchez;
2. Sam Flanagan 0.5-0.5 Stephen Rush; 
3.John Bryars 1-0 John Masterson; 
4.Bruce MacLean 0-1 Calum Ormerod; 
5.Bobby Thompson 0-1 Ian Woodfield. 
Total: 2-3. +Bonus: 2-5. 

So close this time. It was down to the last game. And a second great result for John after his draw with Nick Pilkiewicz. 
We're now 7.5 points behind Ballynafeigh 2 with a game in hand. 

That game in hand is next Monday, 16/1/17, at 8pm away to Muldoon's, Corporation Square. Where there's life, there's hope!
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Friday, 6 January 2017

SOUTH BELFAST VERSUS MULDOONS

Here is a short video of the latest Belfast South match.