Sunday 18th July will see a free Chess Festival in London. Taking place in Trafalgar Square the event will celebrate the 15oth anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’ as well as the 170th anniversary of the most famous game ever played. The ‘Immortal Game’ was actually played only a short walking distance from Trafalgar Square.
There will be many exciting things to do and see on the day
Free chess lessons for children and adults from professional chess teachers and top UK players
‘The Unofficial World Giant Chess Championship’ – 6 giant chess boards for people to play on
A human chess game based around Alice Through the Looking Glass performed by professional actors
100s of chess tables for children and chess fans to play with each other
Challenge a Grandmaster at speed chess
Blindfold Chess exhibition
Giant screens broadcasting online games between players in London, Liverpool, and St Petersburg, Russia
For more details please go to
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White to move
- Rxg8 Kxg8 2, Rg3+ Qxg3 3. Qb8+ Kg7 4. Qg8+ Kxg8 with Stalemate
Even the very best players can sometimes miss defensive resources. Our position is from a game between GMs Efim Geller and Mark Taimanov, the White King is caught in a mating net and in fact Geller resigned here.
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My apologies for having no new content for a few days, a case of just feeling under the weather, fortunately just a bad case of ‘man flu’
Our game this week is from the recent Paris Rapid & Blitz event where most of the world’s elite players battled for first prize. The overall winner was Wesley So but I couldn’t resist choosing a French Defence, played in Paris, and, against the number 1 French player.
We have, with the White pieces Maxime Vachier-largrave and playing Black, the challenger to Magnus Carlsen’s crown Ian Nepomniachtchi
Please just enjoy the game with my ( very light ) notes.
White: Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime Black: Nepomniachtchi, Ian
Paris Rapid & Blitz
White to Move
The winning idea includes the moves Ng5 and Qxh7+. This plan would fail straight away as Ng5 would allow Black to capture the Queen. Therefore the winning move is…