The Goodall Tournament kicked off last night with some very exciting chess. There were many close battles and eventually Dominic, Ian, Manoj, both Pauls and Reg all scored wins.

Here is a position from the tough fight between Steven and Paul Verrall

Black (Paul) to play, can you find the unusual finish?

After 1… h3 2. Kf1 Qc1+ 3. Ke2 Nf4 mate, you don’t often see a Knight deliver mate on a fairly open board

I was watching a fascinating game online earlier today. GM Daniel Naroditsky had the White pieces.

The following position was reached  after his opponent had played …. Qg6

can you find the tactic that wins at least a piece?

White to move 



Qxg6 wins as the best defence leaves White a piece up, so 1.Qxg6 fxg6 2. Rxh7+ Kxh7 3. Rd3 (with the threat of Rh3mate) Bxf2+ 4. Kh1 Bh4 5. Rh3 winning a piece. Note that the two White Bishops prevent Rook checks on the f1 and c1 squares

The members of Broadstairs Chess Club  are saddened by the news of the death of Her Majesty the Queen. She began her service before becoming Monarch during the dark years of WW2 and on becoming Queen, at such a young age, devoted her energy to serving and inspiring this country, proudly carrying out her duty for over 70 years. We join the nation with sending condolences to her family.

We thank you for your service to our country.

Goodnight Ma’am rest in peace.

The following position was reached on Monday, the first club night of the season. Reigning Club Champion Manoj has the black pieces and has sacrificed 3 pieces for a massive attack.

can you find the continuation that decides the game?

Black to move 

Re2 wins: as Bxe2 allows mate on g2 and Be4 allows Qh3+ and mate on h2, so 1. …. Re2 2. Qxe2 Nxe2 wins the Queen

After Magnus Carlsen, the World Champion lost the following game he withdrew from The Sinquefield Cup; possibly the most prestigious invitation event in chess. He then issued a strange tweet which contained  vague insinuations.

Will we ever know whether

Magnus threw his toys out of the pram after losing to the lowest rated competitor?

Suspects Hans Niemann of cheating during the game?

Thinks that a member of his team passed Niemann his opening preparation?

Without any evidence it does smack of a bad loser, anyway here is the game

 White:  Carlsen, M.     Black:  Niemann, Hans Moke

9th Sinquefield Cup 4th September 2022