Archive for June, 2010

Gone are the days when you don’t have anyone to play chess with. Now you can play any time of the day against kids from all over Australia or New Zealand. And if you’re lucky a coach will be online and comment on your games…

When is a good time to visit Take a look at the graph.

By 8am there were already 5 players online – let your parents have a sleep in and play some chess online. Great idea!

Looks like a late breakfast around 10.30am  kept all but 2 people away from the computer, but after that you could find 10 or more players online at just about any time of the day.

Be careful after 8pm, it’s late and you might make some mistakes and lose your rating points. My opponent blundered a piece at 10.03pm and then chatted to me “damn, got to go to bed” and I got a few of his rating points! Now (nearly 11pm) the site is empty (except for me).

I’m ChessGuru on the site if anyone wants to challenge me. “All your rating points are belong to me!”

Archive for June, 2010

Archive for June, 2010

Three of the top 5 players in the RJ Shield were girls! Go girls!

Charlotte Dilnutt won the tournament with 6/7, losing only her last round against Ethan. Mae Salazar and Nicole Chin were both very impressive winning 5 games and taking out trophies of their own. Watch out for these two girls in the future!

Full results (Ormond, Doncaster and Fitzroy) for those who are interested in rating changes.

Archive for June, 2010

I was spectating at the Vic. Open the other day and watched two young boys reach the following position.   Have a look at the diagram and Black’s N in particular.   What a shocking piece!   It has nowhere to go other than aimlessly between b7 and d8.   I keep telling my students to place their pieces on good squares but the message doesn’t always get through.  Worse than that both players seemed to think that you have to always be doing “something” and the game continued.

1…Nd8 2.g5? (1.Be4!) fxg5 3.Rxf8+ Rxf8 4.Rxf8+ Kxf8 5.Kg2 Ke7 6.Kg3 Kf6 7.Kg4 e4?? (Just sit tight and White can’t make progress)  8.Bxe4 Ke5 9.Bb1 Kd4 10.Kxg5 Kc3 11.h4 Kxb3 12.h5 Kb2 13.h6 gxh6+ 14.Kxh6 Ka3 15.g7 Nf7+ 16.Kh5 Kxa4 17.g8=Q and White won.

It would have saved us all a lot of time if (in the diagrammed position) Black had simply decided to bring about a help-mate.  Can you help him mate himself in the shortest possible time?

[fen caption=”Black to play and self-mate”]4rrk1/1n4p1/3p1pP1/p1pPp3/PpP3P1/1P5P/2B2R2/5RK1 w kq – 0 1[/fen]

Archive for June, 2010

Archive for June, 2010

Chess players at an Interschool Chess Tournament I recently attended were very very tall and some were so so small.  Their ages ranged from prep to Year 6.  The knowledge of chess by some of the tinies was amazing.  I was blown away by the way the big kids looked after the little ones.

Winning a round was exciting but players coped so maturely with a loss.  I never heard one outburst or temper tantrum from losing.  When there was a dispute about a particular move there were no arguments  the “arbiter” was called in to resolve the problem.

Parents are, of course, always welcome to attend Chess Tournaments and it was inspiring for me to see the enthusiasm and encouragement from mums and dads as their little ones competed.  One particular mother of a preppie was so thrilled that her child just took part.  She mentioned that he really wasn’t interested in much else but he loved to take part in a game of chess.  He really enjoyed playing with his dad at night.

After a few hours of playing chess every child received a certificate either for participation, credit, distinction or high distinction.  Some were lucky enough to get a medal.

What a fun way to spend a few hours!

Archive for June, 2010

Archive for June, 2010

Archive for June, 2010

Raphael, Panayiotis & Andreas

At a recent Chess Tournament I was amazed to find out that half of the View Bank Primary Chess Club (19 members) consists of four families.  There is one set of triplets (all boys) , another family of  3 brothers and 3 families with 2 brothers.  Isn’t that amazing! Destiny is the only girl amongst the 18 boys but that doesn’t stop her from attending.

The school performed magnificently and went on to win the tournament.  They have now qualified to the Victorian Interschool Finals to  be held in Melbourne at Monash University on 26 October 2010.

Andreas (one of the triplets) won the most games, winning 6.5 games  also came from View Bank.