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.
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.
If you play in the SJC club on ChessKid, you can get your parents to email me a move that you have played and we may be able to put it in this blog. Just email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
AndThis evening saw the latest installment of the SJC tournaments on ChessKid. Once again, we ran two events - and U1350 event and an Open event.
The next events take place on Tuesday and, following a few requests, we are trialing a slightly earlier start time. The easier event will start at 6.15pm with registration on ChessKid from 6pm, and an Open event starting at 6.20pm with registration from 6.05pm. The easier event will also have a slightly lower rating limit. Let's see how it goes. If you have any comments, please email email@example.com.
What a topsy-turvy event! Several players could have won this evening, but everyone contrived to lose at least one game to theie competitors. It seemed like no-one wanted to win! So, we have 4 players who all finished on 3 points from 4 games.
rafcalum and Rowantree came joint first on Tiebreak, while ZanyHummingBook and FlatUpbeatFalcon, while also scoring 3 points, finished in joint third place on tiebreak - all played extremely well.
This event was less topsy-turvy, but still saw a very close finish with the tournament being completed by the players in the top two positions playing each other in the final round and agreeing a draw that saw ORichards win the competition on tiebreak from LeftGroovyUnicorn, with both scoring 3.5 points out of 4.
AbleLopsidedGiraffe and RichAquaDonkey came in joint 3rd position, with both on 3 points out of 4 and equal on tiebreak, with both only losing one game each, and that being to the players in the top two places.
However - congratulations and thanks to all the players who took part. I would like to write something about everyone, but there is not space here. We are proud of every one of the players and our thanks to all of you.
Game of the Night
Our game of the night is taken from the game between RowanTree and LoudLeanMustang. LoudLeanMustang played a beautiful game and every time Rowantree thought he had his opponent under control, LoudLeanMustang re-took the initiative - great play. If you have a login on ChessKid, you can see this game here: https://www.chesskid.com/fastchess/game/24489019. All the more impressive is that this was LoudLeanMustang's very first game in the SJC club on ChessKid - well played indeed!
Our Position of the Night is taken from this game. In the position to the right, which is after Move 21 for white, white has moved his Bishop to b3 to try to block in Black's Rook. Why can Black take Whites Bishop without losing out?
Answer: Once the rook has taken the Bishop, if you take the Rook with either of your pawns, the Black Queen will take the White Rook on a1 and also put the King into Check. Once white has moved his King, the Black Queen can take White's other Rook - a very nice combination.
Firstly, congratulations to tonight's Winners:
Open Section: rafcalum
U1350 Section: MerryJazz
It is great to see a new winner in the U1350 section, so very well played to MerryJazz for winning this event for the first time. In the Open section, victory went to rafcalum, winning his second event following his previous win in the Fish n' Chips Friday tournament.
Under 1350 Section
Position of the Week
This evenings position is taken for the game between
FlatUpbeatFalcon vs AbleLopsidedGiraffe
This position come from tonight's U1350 section and is the position after move 14 for Black. White plays Bxc7 here, but there may be a better option, winning at least a piece - can you see what White could have played?
To see the game in full, those with a ChessKid account can click on the following link: https://www.chesskid.com/fastchess/game/24357478
Answer: 15: Bg5 appears to win either Blacks Queen for the loss of a rook, or wins the Knight.
Good evening all. Today we tried running two tournaments alongside each other and I think it went very well. I had expected to have fewer in the Open section and more in the U1350 section, but I was delighted that so many opted for the open section.
This section finished faster than expected. It was intended to be 4 rounds and it may be that I made it 3 by mistake, or it maybe that the computer changed this due to a the number of players. We will try 4 rounds again on Tuesday and we will see if we get 4 rounds.
Very well played to MeanCactus, winning a first SJC tournament on ChessKid. Congratulations also to BentHuskyBullfrog in 2nd, and AbleLopsidedGiraffe in third place.
As there were more players in the open section than I had expected, this section will be a four round tournament when we re-convene on Tuesday.
A brilliant first win for LeftGroovyUnicorn, with RichSmoothPanda in second and Rowantree in third place.
Opening of the Week
The Fried Liver
The Fried Liver is a very attacking game for White and Black needs to be very careful when defending against it. The position to the right is from one of the games this evening. The game had proceeded as follows:
1. e4, e5; 2. Nf3, Nc6; 3. Bc4, Nf6; 4. Ng5
White played Ng5 to take advantage of the weakness created by black's Knight on f6. A safer option for black at move 3 may have to play Bc5. Blacks move does work, but you have to be very careful or you can get into big trouble and your King can be drawn out.
This was a really good game to watch and you can see it here if you have a ChessKid account. https://www.chesskid.com/fastchess/game/24207338
Can you find Checkmate in 1 in this position? Can you also find Checkmate in 2?
This position is taken from SillyLimit's game in Round 1 this evening.
Mate in 1: Qxe8#
Mate in 2: Qd8, Rxd8; Rxd8#
Move of the Week...
This is a brilliant winning move from tonight's decider in the Open section. LeftGroovyUnicorn has played Rd7. This appears to blunder the Rook. But, why does taking this Rook cost Black the game?
You can see the whole game here if you have a ChessKid account.
Qxd2, Qg5 threatening Checkmate
White best solution is to take the Knight thereby sacrificing the Queen and maybe the game as well
What a strange week - back to school, but staying at home. I hope it is working out for everyone. With regards to this week's chess, I set it up with 5 rounds of 10 minutes, but I think that did cause some people time trouble, so my apologies for that. Wed will go back to slightly longer games on Friday when we will try two sections - one for the stronger players and one for the weaker players.
This week there was a stunning game in Round two between FlatUpbeatFalcon and LeftGroovyUnicorn. To have a look through the game you can see it here - https://www.chesskid.com/fastchess/game/24068538 - although you will need an account with ChessKid. This week, we have a really interesting and complicated Position of the Week which is shown below with Black to Play at Move 13. Black plays exd3. The question is whether this wins a pawn or not? Play continued with White playing cxd3, and then Black responded with Bxd3. This puts black up one pawn. This puts black up a pawn, but is there something that White can do with the Knight on e3 or is there another response available for White. If you have some time, this is a really interesting games to look through. In case you are wondering, I don't have the answer - I would be very interested to see the thoughts of Suffolk Junior Chess players in the comments section below if you have suggestions. Just remember to be careful with your identity online as whatever name you enter when commenting will show.
And, as for the results... Congratulations to the following players
Thank you to everyone who played in tonight's tournament. We had 19 players which is the most so far, so thanks to all for playing.
This week, congratulations go to rafcalum who has won this event for the first time, winning a decider against RowanTree - very well played.
Game of the Week
This week, Game of the Week is this one between rafcalum and LeftGroovyUnicorn. As a new member of the SJC club on ChessKid, LeftGroovyUnicorn got off to a flying start in this game, but rafcalum showed the value of hanging on in chess, coming back at the end to save a draw - well played to both. ChessKid members can view the game here - https://www.chesskid.com/fastchess/game/23920162
That Was The Week That Was on ChessKid
Looking at the last 7 days, well done to Wise Crabby Coconut (75 games), OvalCuteSnail (61 games) and ORichards (37 games) - within the Suffolk club, they have played the most games of fast chess on ChessKid this week. Congratulations to rafcalum( +375 points) and Precho (+184 points) who have improved their Fast Chess Rating the most.
Congratulations also to UnderstoodPorcupine and RichSmoothPanda who have both improved their slow chess ratings by 200 points.
Within puzzles, the congratulations go to MeanCactus who has attempted 318 puzzles and now has a puzzles rating of 1195 - a full 268 points higher!!!. Congratulations also to RowanTree and rafcalum who have improved their ratings by 132 points and 120 points respectively. Congratulations also go to BentHuskyBullfrog for attempting 123 puzzles.
Top of the World - Once again, congratulations to MerryJazz - 4th in the world this week on Puzzle Duel - another amazing performance.
Suffolk Junior Chess Player 2nd in the World!!!
This week MerryJazz won 275 puzzle duels on the Chess website ChessKid. This put him in Third Place in the world - an outstanding achievement - congratulations - extremely well done!!! And - last week - even better - 2nd in the world!!! Extremely well played.
Checkmate Tuesday - the Results...
Position of the Week...
This weeks position comes from a 4th round game between RichSmoothPanda and theworldoflegend. In the position below, why can Black not take White's Queen? If you want to see this game, follow this link and log into your ChessKid account. https://www.chesskid.com/fastchess/game/23793534
Fair Play Award
This week we are awarding a Fair Play Award to... RichSmoothPanda!!! This player realised that the opponent was experiencing a glitch on the computer and instead of taking an easy win, offered a draw. Outstanding sportsmanship!!!
Today saw the first regular meeting of Suffolk Junior Chess's new online chess club which is based on ChessKid. We held a mini-tournament which was very experimental, if not for the kids, then definitely for the organiser (me)! While we are still ironing out the details, the club meets regularly on Tuesday and Friday evenings - times to be finalised, but currently 6.30pm to 8.30pm.
The tournament went really well and round 3/3 saw a tussle for victory between RichSmoothPanda and TheWorldOfLegend. When TheWorldOfLegend lost a rook at move 36 after dRd4, other players watching online may have thought that RichSmoothPanda was going to win the match. However TheWorldOfLegend hung on for victory - very well played. But - what move could TheWorldOfLegend have played to save the rook? The position at move 36 for white is shown below and the moves played for the whole game are also shown.
The tournament was won by RichSmoothPanda - very well played.
If you want to play in the next event, which will happen this Friday, you will need to join the club. For more information about how to do this and to complete the form required for entry, please download this form. Parent/s will need to read the form and complete page 2 and send it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. You will then need to carry out the instructions on Page 3 of the form.
1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.cxd5 exd5 4.Nc3 Nf6 5.Nf3 Bf5 6.Bf4 Nc6 7.e3 a6 8.Bd3 Bg4 9.h3 Bh5 10.g4 Bg6 11.Bxg6 hxg6 12.Bg3 Bb4 13.a3 Bd6 14.Bxd6 Qxd6 15.b4 O-O-O 16.Ng5 Rdf8 17.Qf3 Qe7 18.Nxd5 Nxd5 19.Qxd5 Kb8 20.Nf3 Rd8 21.Qc5 Qe4 22.Ke2 Rd5 23.Qc4 Rhd8 24.Rhd1 Rh8 25.Rh1 Rhd8 26.Rad1 f5 27.Qd3 Qxd3+ 28.Rxd3 Re8 29.gxf5 gxf5 30.Rg1 f4 31.Rxg7 fxe3 32.fxe3 Rh5 33.Ng1 Rh4 34.Rg4 Rh6 35.d5 Ne5 36.Rdd4 Nxg4 37.Rxg4 Rd6 38.e4 Rxd5 39.Kf3 Rd3+ 40.Kf4 Rf8+ 41.Ke5 Rd7 42.Ne2 Re8+ 43.Kf4 Rde7 44.Kf5 Rf8+ 45.Kg5 Rg7+ 46.Kh4 Rxg4+ 47.hxg4 Kc8 48.g5 Kd7 49.Kh5 Ke7 50.g6 Kf6 51.Kh6 Rg8 52.Nf4 b6 53.g7 Kf7 54.Nh5 c5 55.Kh7 c4 56.e5 Rxg7+ 57.Nxg7 c3 58.Nf5 c2 59.Ng7 c1=Q 60.e6+ Ke7 61.Kg6 Qg1+ 62.Kh6 Qg4 63.Kh7 Qh4+ 64.Kg6 Qe4+ 65.Kg5 Qd3 66.a4 Qa3 67.Kf5 Qxa4 68.Nh5 Qxb4 69.Nf4 a5 70.Nd5+ Kd6 71.Nxb4 axb4 72.Kf6 b3 73.e7 Kd7 74.Kf7 b2 75.e8=Q+ Kc7 76.Qe1 b1=Q 77.Qxb1 1-0
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