A night of lots and lots of chess, and little time! Tonight we had three tournaments; the evening started with an U1350 and an Open running alongside each other and finished with a 3 minutes + 3 seconds Open tournament. It was also a night for deciding matches, as seen below.
U1350 - Blitz - 5 minutes each
A fast win tonight for ORichards and 4 wins from 4 games - this is a player who seems to like his Blitz chess - very well played. In the final round, ORichards and AbleLopsidedGiraffe were neck and neck on 3/3 each and they faced a shootout for 1st place. It was a really well played game with lots of great chess - all the more impressive given the time pressure. You can see the whole game at the end of this post, and a position from the game is also featured as tonight's chess problem, below.
In third place was MadWiryTank, also with with 3 wins from 4 games, and he also lost only to the winner, so very well played to MadWiryTank !!!
If you have a ChessKid login, you can see the full results and look through the games here: https://www.chesskid.com/tournament/u1350-friday-night-blitz-35014/results
Open - Blitz - 5 minutes each
A final round showdown saw Rowantree and RichSmoothPanda battling each other for the win. A cagey game ensued with a draw agreed after 21 moves, with Rowantree taking victory on tiebreak. Another last round showdown saw GlumSuddenBacon secure victory over ZanyHummingBook. ZanyHummingBook looked set to win, when GlumSuddenBacon took an opportunistic win with a back rank mate. Time pressure in blitz can cause mistakes...
If you have a ChessKid login, you can see the full results and look through the games here: https://www.chesskid.com/tournament/open-friday-night-blitz-35015/results
Friday Night Special - Blitz - 3 minutes each and an extra 3 seconds per move
This was a shootout for the keen! 3 minutes on the clock and 3 seconds per move sounds tighter than 5 minutes. But with the extra 3 seconds per move, if you do start to get very low on time, you can sometimes even build time back up again if you play really fast - just don't make a mistake!!!
One thing you should be aware of is this. If you do get very short on time, you can sometimes be fairly sure of what your opponent is going to do, so you can be absolutely ready to play your move, and if you are fast you can play it within a second, and build your time back up again - once again - just don't make a mistake!!!
In this competition, it was another win for Rowantree, securing victory with 4 wins from 4 games. Well played. In second and third places were theworldoflegend and ZanyHummingBook, who both scored 3/4, and each lost only to the winner - very well played to all.
If you have a ChessKid login, you can see the full results and look through the games here: https://www.chesskid.com/tournament/friday-night-special-35018/results
Open - Friday Night Special...
Tonight's chess problem is fairly simple. It comes from the decider in tomight's U1350 between ORichards and AbleLopsidedGiraffe. It is move 12 and White to play. How can White trap Black's Bishop and then take the piece on the following move? To see the answer, have a look through the game at the end of this post.
Chess Game: ORichards Vs AbleLopsidedGiraffe
I was really impressed to see how well these two young players from the U1350 section handled the pressure to play really good chess in a 5 minute game. Below, you can click through to see all the moves.
Welcome to June!!! (dare I request some rain for the garden?) We are very pleased to welcome three new members tonight: RosePaleSquash, NextPuffyJelly, and dearsquiggily. You are all very welcome.
Tonight we held two events - an event for players with a ChessKid fast chess grade of under 1250, and an Open event for all.
AbleLopsidedGiraffe won for the second time in three weeks - which is very good and consistent form - very well played. AmazingTania had an amazing night taking second place with 3 wins from 4 games, only losing to AbleLopsidedGiraffe - again really well played. ORichards continued his excellent run of form in recent weeks with 2.5 points from 4, narrowly pipping JamesBlyth on tiebreak score. It was brilliant to see that everyone won at least one game tonight - so well played to everyone!!!
If you have a ChessKid login, you can see the full results and look through the games by clicking the following link: https://www.chesskid.com/tournament/u1250-tuesday-night-ruy-lpez-34053/results
It was a legendary night for theworldof legend, who took first place with a very strong performance, dropping on half a point during the evening with a draw against the second placed player. RowanTree continued his excellent run of results with 3/4. GlumSuddenBacon also had a great night, taking 3rd place with 2.5/4 - only dropping points to the players in first and second position this evening.
If you have a ChessKid login, you can see the full results and look through the games by clicking the following link: https://www.chesskid.com/tournament/open-tuesday-night-ruy-lpez-34054/results
Tonight's chess puzzle comes from the game between rafcalum and MerryJazz and it is white play in the position below. On the next move, White takes the Pawn on c6 with his Rook. At first glance, this simply loses the Rook. But - this would be a big mistake for Black - why?
To see this game, you can click through the game shown at the end of this post.
Answer - once white has taken the pawn on c6, if black takes white's Rook, White can put his other Rook on d8 and say "Check", and just one move later will hopefully be saying "Checkmate"
Thanks to everyone who played tonight - we had some really good and careful chess in both sections.
MeanCactus had a night to remember with 4 wins from 4 games - very well played. BentHuskyBullfrog came second with an excellent performance, losing only to MeanCactus. If you want to see their game, you can click through the game at the end of this post. ORichards and AbleLopsidedGiraffe both scored 2.5/4 in an excellent night for both.
To see the full results and look through all the games, you can follow this link (you will need a ChessKid login): https://www.chesskid.com/tournament/u1300-friday-night-curry-33244/results
In the Open section, it was a return to the top for RichSmoothPanda, securing victory with two draws and two wins. GlumSuddenBacon was second on tiebreak following 3 wins and a loss. With a group of four players on 2.5/4, rafcalum took third place on tiebreak. Well played to all.
To see the full results and look through all the games, you can follow this link (you will need a ChessKid login): https://www.chesskid.com/tournament/open-friday-night-curry-33245/results
This evenings chess problem comes from the game between BentHuskyBullfrog and MeanCactus which ultimately decided the outcome of this event. In the position below, white is free to take the Bishop on b5 with his Queen, but why should he not use his own Bishop to take this piece? If you want to see why not, click through the game at the end of this post.
Tonight we tried a Blitz session - great for some - torture for others!!!
AbleLopsidedGriraffe coped with the time pressure better than most, winning 3 out of 3 games in the U1200 section - very well played! RedNuttyCactus came second in a really good performance, losing only to AbleLopsidedGriraffe. Kolifl0w37 came third with a good performance.
If you have a ChessKid login, you can see the full results and all the games at https://www.chesskid.com/tournament/u1200-tuesday-night-blitz-32328/results
In the Open Section, MerryJazz had an excellent result in coming second - his best result in these tournaments - really well done. Rowantree won the event, while theworldoflegend came 3rd, despite winning as excellent game against Rowantree, which you can see below.
If you have a ChessKid login, you can see the full results and all the games at https://www.chesskid.com/tournament/open-tuesday-night-blitz-32329/results
Chess Problem - Mate in 4 … medium - Black to Play
This position is taken from Move 14 for Black in the game shown lower down within this post. If you can't find the solution, click through the game further down to see the game was won.
Tonight saw MeanCactus return to winning ways in the U1300 event. In the forth round MeanCactus won a marathon decider against MerryJazz, who was continuing his excellent run of form. In third place, also showing consistent good form was ORichards - well played to all.
If you have a ChessKid login, you can see the U1300 result and all the games here: https://www.chesskid.com/tournament/u1300-friday-night-kings-indian-645pm-31434/results
The Open Section was also decided in the last match in a tense finish between RichSmoothPanda beating rafcalum. RichSmoothPanda held her nerve to win with only 35 seconds left on the clock. RowanTree completed the top 3 by taking 3rd place.
If you have a ChessKid login, you can see the Open result and all the games here: https://www.chesskid.com/tournament/open-friday-night-kings-indian-650pm-31435/results
On Tuesday, we will try a slightly different format - blitz chess. The games will be 5 minutes only for each player, so the night will be gone in a flash.
The start times are as follows:
U1200: Starts 6.15pm, registration on ChessKid from 6.00pm
Open: Starts 6.20pm, registration on ChessKid from 6.05pm
If you would like to join the Tuesday and Friday evening online children's tournaments, please email Tim Kent: firstname.lastname@example.org
What a great evening of Chess!!!
A stunning evening of chess in the Open section for ZanyHummingBook and ORichards. ORichards scored two really excellent wins in rounds 2 and 3 and gained another win in the 4th round. ZanyHummingBook had a chance to win all 4 games tonight before being cruelly denied by what appeared to be a glitch in the 4th round.
Click here to see the Open Section Cross-table and to see the games: https://www.chesskid.com/tournament/open-tuesday-night-sicilian-30383/results
It was also a brilliant night in the U1200 section. AbleLopsidedGiraffe scored a perfect win with 4 wins from 4 against the players who completed the top 5 - really excellent. Two other players excelling tonight were FitNoisyChimp and MerryJazz, who drew with each other in the last round and could only be split by tiebreak score.
Click here to see the U1200 Section Cross-table and to see the games: https://www.chesskid.com/tournament/u1200-tuesday-night-sicilian-30381/results
Thanks to all those who played tonight. The results are as follows...
The U1350 event saw an excellent victory for FlatUpbeatFalcon, who despite somehow managing to avoid playing in the 3rd round (???) managed to win his other 3 games to finish with three points. In second and third places were SillyLimit and LeftGroovyUnicorn. Congratulations to SillyLimit on his best ever finish - very well played. You can see his checkmate in Round 1 below in tonight's chess problem.
To see the cross-table with links to all of tonight's games, click here (you will need a ChessKid login): https://www.chesskid.com/tournament/u1350-friday-night-polgar-29430/results
In the Open section, RowanTree secured victory with 3 good wins and a draw, while the second and third places were taken by Precho and RichSmoothPanda.
To see the cross-table with links to all of tonight's games, click here (you will need a ChessKid login): https://www.chesskid.com/tournament/open-friday-night-polgar-29431/results
I would also like to congratulate the following players who have achieved the following:
Increase in ChessKid Fast Chess rating in the last 2 weeks:
Increase in ChessKid Slow Chess Rating in the last 2 weeks:
Number of ChessKid Fast Chess games played in the last 2 weeks:
Chess Problem - Mate in 1
Tonight's Chess Problem comes from SillyLimit's win in the first round this evening. How did SillyLimit get Checkmate in this position? Answer below.
Answer: …; Qxf2#
Thanks to all who played tonight. We had the most players that we have had so far on a Tuesday night which was great to see.
In the U1200 event there was a three way tie for First place with JamesBlyth, ORichards, and MeanCactus all finishing on 3 out of 4 and with each only losing in a game against one of the other two, so this was a close as it gets.
Joint 1st: James Blyth ORichards MeanCactus
In the Open event, it was a tough evening for all with a lot of the top players competing. Rowantree secured victory with 4 wins from 4 games. There was a three way tie for second place between GlumSuddenBacon, RichSmoothPanda, and rafcalum.
Joint 2nd: GlumSuddenBacon RichSmoothPanda rafcalum
Problem 1: Mate in 1
Tonight's first problem is a Mate in 1 comes from the game between MadWiryTank and JamesBlyth. The position is taken from Move 30, black to play. In game, Black played Rf4 and did go on to win a number of moves later. However, he could have won immediately, in one move - can you see how? If you have a ChessKid login, you can see the whole game at: https://www.chesskid.com/fastchess/game/24901494.
Answer: 30. …; Qxd3
With the Bishop supporting the Queen, there is nowhere for the White King to run.
Problem 2: Win the Queen - difficult
Tonight's second position comes from a game between ZanyHummingBook and RichSmoothPanda. How can White win Black's Queen? This is taken from the position after Black's turn at move 34, and it is White to play. If you have a ChessKid login you can see the whole game here: https://www.chesskid.com/fastchess/game/24901693.
Answer: 35. Rf8+
Black's only options are:
Tonight saw a slight drop in numbers, but still saw plenty of really good chess. After some good chess over the last couple of weeks in the Open section, LoudLeanMustang played in the U1350 section tonight and cleaned up with 3 wins from 3 games.
In the Open section, Rowantree secured the victory with a hard fought win over theworldoflegend.
Results - U1350
Results - Open
This week we have a tricky problem which is taken from one of tonight's games. In the position below, black is threatening Checkmate with … Qxg2#. White needs to find a solution to this problem. There are a few moves that white can play, for example, Rf2 will work. However, White not only saved himself from Checkmate, but also found a way to win Black's Queen. In the actual game, White found a solution by sacrificing his Rook to win the Queen in a complicated series of moves. However, there was a very similar but much simpler way to save the King and win the Queen while not sacrificing the Rook - can you find it? If you have a ChessKid login and want to see the game, click on the following link: https://www.chesskid.com/fastchess/game/24763863.
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Solution (from move 23):
23. Qb8+, Kh7
24. Nf8+ forking the King and the Queen, and with the King being forced to move away from the Queen, the Knight will take the Queen and then will be able to get to safety afterwards.
This is not what White actually played - see the game to find out how White won the Queen - it is more complicated, and actually not as good as white loses the Rook in the process. https://www.chesskid.com/fastchess/game/24763863
Thanks to everyone who played tonight. We saw a new winner of the Open event - ZanyHummingBook which was great to see. We had an U1200 event this week instead of an U1350, and we will try that again this coming Tuesday.
We have another event this coming Friday with an U1350 tournament starting on ChessKid at 6.45pm (registration from 6.30pm), and an open event starting at 6.50pm (registration from 6.35pm). There will also be events Tuesday 12th May and the every Tuesday and Friday night for the foreseeable future. If you would like to play in these events, you are most welcome. It is free to enter, you just need a free login on ChessKid and also join the Suffolk Junior Chess club on ChessKid. To do this, you will need to fill in the following form and the instructions on that form. The form can be found here: SJC ChessKid Club Form.
The results this evening were as follows:
and in the Open...
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