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I had a call from GM Ian Rogers the other day.  He was organising a fund-raising auction for the Australian 16U team going to Turkey later in the year and was wondering if I’d like to bid for some of the chess memorabilia.  I ended up bidding $100 for Bill Egan’s new book “The Doeberl Cup – 50 years of Australian Chess History” (retail $39.95).   My bid was successful.   It may have cost me $60 more than the retail price, but I figured if it helped to get “Check Norris” (the #1 ranked player on Chess Kids On-Line) out of the country for a few weeks it was money well spent.   That would give me a chance to catch up to him!

I’ve discovered that the book comes with a CD in the back, with 6000 chess games from the Doeberl Cup as well, and it’s a big book with 336 pages, photos, games and player profiles.   It’s a great read that I’d recommend to everyone, even juniors who know only the digital age.  It’s nice to learn a bit about the background of Australian Chess rather than just the current players.   Better still you get to see pictures of Australia’s top players before they became fat, bald and old.   Ian Rogers and Guy West look much the same but the rest of us have changed somewhat!

Speaking of Guy West, I don’t think Guy ever won the Doeberl Cup, but he has provided us with a nice puzzle for this week.   Guy is playing White against Alistair Anderson and clearly has a good attack going.   Can you find a pretty finish for White?

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My heart sinks when we start a chess club at a school and the teacher in charge of chess comes up to us on the first day and is soooo excited because they’ve just got a box of new chess sets!

Just about every time we see those sets they are the cheap hollow plastic pieces (about 4cm tall) and a cardboard board from some toy shop or department store. They cost the school around $15 -$20 per set and they last about an hour. Pieces get lost, stepped on and broken, chess boards torn apart, boxes broken and pieces mixed up … before long the entire investment in chess sets is worthless.

Our biggest care is for the kids, to make sure they have chess sets to play with all week round, not just on the day that we are at school. For just a fraction more (around $25 per chess set) a school can get a Standard Tournament Chess Set.

That is a solid plastic chess pieces at 9.5cm tall, totally unbreakable. And a 55cm mat (washable of course) to play on. This is the same set used by all chess clubs, at school championships and even in the Nationals! The sets are easy to use, good for little kids (visually as well as handling) and last forever!

That’s really the most important thing – they last forever! The pieces can’t be broken and any that do get lost, well, we replace them free of charge! We’re even happy to extend our payment terms so the school can afford the extra $50… which, let’s face it, isn’t a lot anyway!

To see our February specials please click on the link below and download the PDF.

Back-to-School chess sets- special prices for schools.

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Cate and Tom came into the Chess World shop to purchase a wooden chess set for Tom’s 12th birthday.

She wanted to spend around $100 and I suggested that they purchase a set for $119 which also included backgammon and checkers.

They did buy it and Tom was thrilled as he really enjoys chess and looks forward to learning and playing backgammon.

Tom told me:  “I think chess is great fun.  Not only do I play at school with my mates, I often give mum a game.”

Cate said:  “At the moment I still win but I can see that Tom is getting better and better and it won’t be long before he is beating me.”

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by C.J.S.Purdy $45.95

Reviewed by James Morris; this gem of a book illustrates how a real master plays chess.