Congratulations to ORichards for winning tonight's U1250 with a perfect 3/3. Congratulations also to kolifl0w37 and AmazingTania for 2nd and 3rd places respectively.
Congratulations to RichSmoothPanda on winning the open with 3 wins and a draw from 4 games. Congratulations to ZanyHummingBook and RafCalum on 2nd and 3rd places respectively.
If you have a ChessKid login, you can see the full results and all the games at the following links:
A short, end of term type article this evening! After a long summer term, school has come to an end and a well earned break is here. We will continue with the tournaments for the summer holidays and will welcome all those who are available, holidays permitting.
Well played to AbleLopsidedGiraffe who won this event with 3 wins from games. AbleLopsidedGiraffe won a decider against MeanCactus in the final round, who came second with 2/3. Kolifl0w37 pushed MeanCactus all the way, also scoring 2/3, and only losing to MeanCactus. Well played to all.
2nd equal: WiseCrabbyCoconut & rafcalum
Well played to Rowantree who has won this event again tonight with 3 wins from 3 games. WiseCrabbyCoconut and rafcalum could not be separated in second place, each scoring 2/3, and each only losing to Rowantree. Again, well played to all.
Chess puzzles are fun. Enough said.
They are also really good for practising at planning one or two (or more...) moves ahead. You can try all sorts of different puzzles - easier puzzles where you are looking for a Checkmate in one, two, or maybe three moves, and also harder and more complex problems where the solution may be to find a way to get a winning position.
A quick search of the internet brought up the following website - https://chesspuzzle.net. I have not been on it much, but it looks good. If you click on 'Filter' at the top of the screen (or follow this link https://chesspuzzle.net/Filter), you can choose all sorts of different challenges - you could perhaps choose to do Mate in one's, you can also filter by player. Last week we had a brief look at Fabiano Caruana. So, by looking at the Chesspuzzle website, this week we've got a Mate in One puzzle from a game played by Fabiano Caruana himself. Why not try it out? If you do want to try it, just check with your Mum or Dad first.
Chess Puzzle - The following is a Checkmate in One puzzle - you can find the solution here: https://chesspuzzle.net/Puzzle/152151
As most readers will know, we are holding two chess tournaments per week on the website www.chesskid.com. If you would like to enter, and you are under 16, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tonight, Kolifl0w37 won this event for the first time - very well played - especially for winning all his games. You can click through his 2nd round game from this evening at the end of this post. ORichards came second, and AmazingTania came third.
Rowantree won this event this week, winning a really good match against RichSmoothPanda in the third round in what turned out to be the decider. RichSmoothPanda was second, and ZanyHummingBook came third - very well played to all players.
Very well played to all players - thank you to all players who enter - you can't all win, but you all play great chess - very well played to all players in both events.
If you have a ChessKid login, you can see the full results of tonight's events at the following links:
Chess Match... Click through the game below to see how Kolifl0w37 won his second round this evening...
Fabiano? - Fabiano Caruana
This is an Italian chess player who is 27 and he became a Grandmaster at the age of 14 - so a pretty reasonable player, and a good person to name a tournament after. Although he is Italian, it seems he actually learnt to play chess when he moved to Brooklyn, New York at the age of 5.
According to www.chessgames.com records, he has played the following openings:
Playing as White
Playing as Black
So - what is interesting about that? OK - it's pretty clear that he likes the Sicilian and the Ruy Lopez. But I also find it interesting that he has two preferred ways of starting a game of chess, and actually, he plays lots of different openings. He probably decides what opening to play partly based on who he is playing, and partly on what opening moves his opponent makes. If he knows that a certain opponent struggles when he plays in a certain way, I expect he will try and play the same opening against him or her again. And - if he struggles with certain openings, he will study them and improve.
So, what is the lesson from this? Learn openings - you only have to learn a few moves and you can avoid falling into all sorts of traps. If you are learning an opening for the first time, then as mentioned last week, two good options are "The Italian Game" and "Queen's Gambit".
If you click on the link below, you can see what openings Fabiano Caruana plays, and you can also then click on a type of opening and then click on individual games and look through them. This is a great way to learn chess - learn from the GrandMasters.
Stars, Stars, Stars... and more stars - enough for a small Galaxy!
Why mention Stars? Why are they important? MerryJazz has the answers to this question. 39,705 answers to be precise. At Suffolk Junior Chess, we run our events on a free to use website called ChessKid. Players have a free login to the website and can play in closed internet based chess tournaments organised by the club, and can also play chess against other players anywhere in the world. They can also watch videos, have chess lessons, and play lots of puzzles - all on the internet. It is a great site. On the website you get stars for playing chess, and also for winning games, solving puzzles, doings lessons, etc. MerryJazz has somehow managed to accumulate 39,705 stars, and unless you are reading this pretty much immediately after this post is uploaded, he will probably have gained even more stars. Very, very, very well played.
And now... the Results from tonight's events...
Congratulations to AbleLopsidedGiraffe for winning this event, especially having also won the event last Friday. He managed to win all four of his games - very well played. Congratulations also go to BentHuskyBullfrog, who came second, losing only to the winner, and also to ORichards who came third with 2 wins and a draw.
If you have a ChessKid login, you can see the full results and all the games here: https://www.chesskid.com/tournament/u1300-fabiano-friday-42637/results
It was another win this week for Rowantree. WiseCrabbyCoconut very nearly pinched the win when he beat Rowantree in the final round, but lost out on tiebreak score. Very well played - and a great last round by WiseCrabbyCoconut. theworldoflegend recovered from losing his first round match to win all his remaining matches and finish in third place, also on 3 out of 4, and he also missed out in the top positions only on tiebreak score.
If you have a ChessKid login, you can see the full results and all the games here: https://www.chesskid.com/tournament/open-fabiano-friday-42638/results
So... what is the King's Indian? The King's Indian is a standard opening in chess. After hundreds of years, players have learnt that there are some sequences of moves in the opening which get you into a good position, some which are OK, and some which can lose you the game. If you are White and you play the wrong moves, Black can win the game after only two moves.
So, once you have learnt how to play chess, perhaps the next step is to learn an opening or two. Even Grandmasters study their openings and try to extend their knowledge, so if it is good enough for them, it is good enough for the rest of us. Also, if you look at it this way, if you have the same ability as your opponent, but they have learnt some of the lessons, then they would hope to do a little better - so learning a little about openings has got to be a good idea.
While there are many openings, the good news is that most kids know just a few. And, as two openings seem to be the most popular, this is a good place to start. The two openings are "The Italian Game", and the "Queen's Gambit". In case you were wondering, the King's Indian is usually studied once you have learnt some of the other openings. If you do want to see a King's Indian opening, the game at the end of this post is a good example.
I could tell you a bit about these opening's, but you will get much better information from a search of the internet or reading a chess book. If you have a ChessKid login, then there are a couple of great video's to watch (although unfortunately I think you need a paid login). These are at the following links:
The Italian Game: https://www.chesskid.com/videos/the-italian-game2
Queen's Gambit: https://www.chesskid.com/videos/what-is-the-queens-gambit
Generally opening's only get you a few moves into a game, but having a good position and options to get other pieces into the game is a good place to be.
And now... the results from tonight's tournament...
In the U1250 we almost had a 4 way tie for 1st place with 4 players all finishing on 2 points. AbleLopsidedGiraffe hung to clinch victory on tiebreak score despite almost being pipped to the post by SillyLimit who won the final round match between the two of them. In joint 3rd place were RedNuttyCactus and kolifl0w37, also on 2 points, but a little further behind on tiebreak score. Well played to all players.
3rd equal: RedNuttyCactus & kolifl0w37
In the Open, Rowantree won the event by winning all his games. ZanyHummingBook and WiseCrabbyCoconut came in 2nd and 3rd places respectively with 3 points from 4 games, each only losing a single game to the eventual winner. Again, well played to all players.
Tonight's game comes from the game between ZanyHummingBook and Rowantree and the first 5 moves are a good example of a King's Indian. Click through and see what happens...
Problem... Black is clearly winning in this position. Among the many moves Black can play, there is one great move that wins the game in one move. There is also a move that looks good, but doesn't work quite so well... in fact it results in a Stalemate... Answer below.
Checkmate in one move: Qf5# - this means Q (Queen) f6 (goes to f6) # (Checkmate)
Stalemate: Qxf3 - this means Q (Queen) x (takes) f3 (the queen goes to f3, thereby 'taking' the pawn)
What is Stalemate? Stalemate is any position where the player who is to play next is not in check, and there is no legal move that they can make on the board. In the position above, if Black's Queen takes the pawn on g3, it will not be check. White's one remaining pawn will be unable to move because it is blocked by his own King. White's King, while not being in check will be unable to make any move because the White Queen is blocking all available squares. The result is Stalemate and that is a type of Draw, so the points are shared.
I have a suspicion that White, who has just moved his King to h5, was hoping for Stalemate, and probably couldn't believe his luck. If you are reading this and that was your plan - well played. Well played to Black also - the game has ended up in a draw, but he has played really well to get himself into such a strong position. So well played to both.
If you are a long way up in a game, it is always worth leaving a few of your opponents pawns on the board to reduce the chance of stalemate. It is also worth remembering that if you are lucky to be able to get lots of Queens, you may well end up in Stalemate, so be very careful.
Equal 3rd: GlumSuddenBacon & WiseCrabbyCoconut
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On Tuesday evening, we have two events:
U1200 starting at 6.15pm (registration on ChessKid from 6pm)
Open starting at 6.20pm (registration on ChessKid from 6.05pm)
Join Suffolk Junior Chess on ChessKid
We run tournaments on ChessKid twice a week on Tuesday and Friday evenings. On each evening we run an easier event and a harder 'Open' event. We run the events on ChessKid because we believe that this is the safest online environment for juniors, although we do advise that players are supervised by an appropriate adult at all times. If you would like to join the Suffolk Junior Chess club on ChessKid, please email Tim Kent at email@example.com.
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