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.
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 email@example.com.
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...
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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