Chess Puzzle of the Week (156): Solution

Last week I offered you two puzzles for the price of one, taken from a recent rapid game I played against Maks in one of our online arenas.

Here, I should have played 25. fxe5 fxe5 26. Rxf8+! Nxf8 (or 26… Rxf8 27. Qxe6) 27. Bg5 Qd6 (to prevent 28. Bf6+/#) 28. Qf7 Nd7 29. Bh3 Rbd8 when 30. Bxd8 is good enough to win, but even stronger is 30. axb6 axb6 31. Ra7 Rf8 32. Qe7 Qxe7 33. Bxe7 when all Black’s pieces are hanging.

Two moves later I missed 27. Bxe6 Rxe6 (or 27… Bxe6 28. Rxf8+) 28. Qd5! Qe8 (or 28… Qxd5 Rxf8+) 29. Nxd4! exd4 30. Rxf8+! Qxf8 31. Qxd4+ Qf6 32. Qxf6+ Rxf6 33. Bb2 Kg7 34. Rf1 when White will regain the rook with a winning ending.

Two interesting sequences, I think, especially the second, and perhaps not so easy to find in a rapid game.

What do you think?

Would you have found them?

Venue update

Unfortunately the negotiations concerning the excellent new venue we’d found fell through at the last minute due to a misunderstanding between the other two parties involved in the discussions. I’m still in touch in the hope that they will be able to change their minds at some point in the future.

So we’ve had to start looking again.

Yesterday, we received, totally out of the blue, an email offering us a possible venue in an excellent location. We’ll be investigating this over the next few days to see whether or not it suits our requirements.

Meanwhile, do keep on looking and making enquiries yourselves – and thanks to all who have made suggestions so far. We want to make sure we find the best available solution: a venue which will make Richmond & Twickenham a club offering great facilities for both match and social chess.

League Updates

Just one result to report as we’ve had to postpone our recent home matches while we look for a new venue.

Richmond D team went down 5-1 in an away match against a strong Surbiton C team on 9 November.

  1. David Cole (1653) 1:0 Richard Sleep (1615)
  2. David Razzell (1637) 1:0 Barry Sutton (1600)
  3. Alexey Markov (1600) 1:0 Dan Donohoe (1533)
  4. Joseph Morrison (1518) 1:0 George Dokic (1338)
  5. Paul McCauley (1503) 0:1 Jim Anandajeyarajah (1195)
  6. Augustas Jonikas (1450) 1:0 Ken Broadley (1075)

Congratulations to Jim on a great result!

Our good friends from Kingston Chess Club have a free blitz tournament tomorrow evening at the Willoughby Arms: all Richmond players are welcome to take part.

Chess Puzzle of the Week (156)

This week’s special offer: Buy One Get One Free. Yes, I’m giving you two puzzles for the price of one!

In the first diagram, White chose the second best move and play continued 25. Bh3 Bc8 26. fxe5 fxe5, reaching the second diagram.

My first question is this: what is White’s best continuation in the left hand diagram?

And my second question likewise: what is White’s best continuation in the right hand diagram?

I want full analysis, please, not just the next move.

Chess Puzzle of the Week (155): Solution

Last week’s puzzle (Adhiban – Andreikin Wijk aan Zee 2017) was taken from Axel Smith’s new book Street Smart Chess, which I have just reviewed here.

Baskaran Adhiban continued with a double exchange sacrifice: 21. Rxf5! Nxf5 22. Rxf5! Qd4+ (22… Bxf5 23. Nxf5 wins) 23. Rf2 with a winning advantage.

It’s always worth looking at exchange sacrifices!

Slow and Fast Chess

There are many opportunities for all members to play chess at whatever speed they choose.

If you like the idea of slow games on Saturday afternoons you’d probably enjoy playing county chess.

This season Surrey are fielding five teams in the SCCU county match tournaments: Open, U2050, U1850, U1650 and U1450. The matches are played on Saturday afternoons with play usually starting at 2pm. Our home matches are normally at Cheam but away matches involve travel to venues in Kent, Essex and Middlesex. The time control is 35 moves in 100 minutes then 20 minutes for all remaining moves with 10 second increments for all moves. Play can last up to 4½ hours.

If you’re interested in playing county chess for Surrey contact Trevor Jones on  <> who will put you in touch with the appropriate match captains.

If you prefer something faster, Richmond Junior Chess Club are running the Rik Thomas Memorial blitz on Saturday 18 December. Rik was one of the coaching team at RJCC and, as many of you will know, also played for Kings Head for many years.

Visit for further information and to download the entry form.

Thames Valley League News 02-11-21

I’m pleased to be able to report on comprehensive victories for our D and C teams.

On 26 October Richmond D entertained Harrow B, scoring an amazing 5½-½ victory against slightly higher rated opponents.

  1. Richard Sleep (1615) 1:0 Alan Marshall (1548)
  2. Barry Sutton (1600) 1:0 David Stott (1513)
  3. Dan Donohoe (1533) ½:½ Phil Humphry (1536)
  4. George Dokic (1338) 1:0 David Wray (1490)
  5. Jim Anandajeyarajah (1195) 1:0 David Walker (1240)
  6. Laurie Catling (1390) 1:0 default

Well played everyone, especially George and Jim who beat higher rated opponents.

On 1 November Richmond C’s visit to Ealing B resulted in another big win: an impressive 5-1.

  1. Leslie Pringle (1656) 0:1 Pablo Soriano (-)
  2. Tony Braine (1545) 0:1 Otto Weidner (-)
  3. Jerry Scott (1428) 0:1 Roger Scowen (1681)
  4. David English (-) 0:1 Levente Lencses (1525)
  5. Neville Rowden (1270) 1:0 Ron Bilkhu (-)
  6. Michael Smith (1263) 0:1 Julian Bedale (1098)

Another great performance all round. Huw reports that Julian was the star performer!

Venue Update

We’re currently negotiating with a new venue in a spacious central location which will enable us to offer much better facilities for both match and social chess.

They just have to clear it with their landlords, which should happen within the next few days.

If all goes well we’ll be able to move in later this month.

If the move goes ahead, we’ll probably be changing our club night from Thursdays to Wednesdays as the room isn’t available every Thursday.

We’ll keep you in touch on here, via email and via social media as soon as we receive any more news.

Chess Puzzle of the Week (154): Solution

#3 OH Labone Illustrated London News 15 Dec 1906

Last week’s mate in 3 was composed by Oliver Harcourt Labone. Labone, his extraordinary life and colourful family, have been the subject of my two most recent Minor Piece posts on British Chess News. This post tells Oliver’s story, and this post centres on his chess playing father. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I enjoyed researching them.

Here’s the solution:

1. Nd6! Kxd6 (1… Bxc7 2. Qe3+ Kxd6 3. Qe5#) (1… Kd4 2. Qf2+ Kc3 3.
Qb2#) (1… Kb6 2. Qa5+ Kxa5 3. Nc4#) 2. Qa5 Bxc7 (2… c5 3. Qb6#) 3. Qe5#