I’ve always enjoyed reading chess columns.  They are a great way to keep up with the latest news, play through a snappy game or test your mind with a chess puzzle.  When I was a junior the only way to see all the latest columns was to visit the newsagent or the local library and to buy or borrow the national and international papers which boasted a chess column (and most did).   Even such specialized papers as the “Weekly Times” ( a newspaper for country readers) had a chess column which ran for something like 85 years.   It was eventually dumped in the 1980’s and I wrote a letter of complaint to the paper.  The columnist (Emanual Basta) later thanked me but said the paper received only two letters of complaint.

Today of course we can get all the chess columns we want via the internet.  I particularly enjoy Leonard Barden’s weekly column in the Guardian which has been going for a record 53 years non-stop.   Barden’s Wiki entry makes interesting reading.  He was the son of a dustman living in Croydon, England and learnt chess at the age of 13 years in a bomb shelter during a German air-raid during the war!   Barden is an expert at picking junior talent and I think when Kasparov was about 10 years of age Barden predicted that he would become world champion.

Here is a cute little position from one of Barden’s columns.

[fen caption=”White to Play – what result?”]8/8/p7/8/K2Nk3/8/Pp6/8 w KQ – 0 1[/fen]


1.Nb5! axb4+ 2.Ka3 b1=N (b1=Q is stalemate) 3.Kb4 and draws.

2 Responses to “Jammo’s Chess Puzzle #30”

  1. May 22, 2010 at 10:39 pm, isaac said:

    knightB3,b1Q,knightd2! forks the queen-draw


    • July 16, 2010 at 4:26 pm, Robert Jamieson said:

      1.Nb3 Kd3! and then….