Mind-blowing Problems in December with GM Jones

Sir Jeremy Morse, who died last year, had during a distinguished career (which included a spell as Chancellor of Bristol University) maintained an interest in chess problems. He wrote one of the definitive chess problem books, Chess Problems – Tasks and Records, whose third edition was published days before his death. In his memory, the British Chess Problem Society instituted the ‘C.J.Morse Award’, for task-oriented chess problems; the first such award was published in November 2017. I should like to present one of the finest problems in Jeremy’s book together with the problem that won the 2017 award.

A ‘task problem’ seeks to show some particular feature many times (and it is a ‘record’ if it exceeds the number of times shown in any other problem). Sometimes the effect of going for records is to produce boring, mechanical problems, but Jeremy especially cherished such problems that also worked well as artistic problems and as puzzles. Here’s an example:

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O.Stocchi
2nd Prize, L’Italia Scacchistica, 1958 (version)
Mate in 2

(Solution Below)

As matters stand, if it were Black to play, then promotions lead to mate: 1…e1Q 2.Rd4; 1…e1N 2.Be3 (‘set mates’). But no mate is set for 1…Ke1 (or for moves of the Bishop), so we’d like to move the d1N so as to meet 1…Ke1 with 2.Qxc1(and to prepare a mate for Bishop moves). This however necessitates changes to the mates after the promotions. In the try, 1.Ne3? (no threat) we have 1…e1Q 2.Qc2 and 1…e1N 2.Nf1 and we have 1…Ba3 2.Ne4; but 1…Bb2! refutes.

So instead play 1.Nf2! (no threat; and a 2nd King flight-square, e3, is granted). Now the mates are 1…e1Q (or Ke3) 2.Qd3 and 1…e1N (or either Bishop move) 2.Nfe4. Jeremy writes of “…the actual record for a promoting black Pawn…with 3 pairs of self-blocking promotions on e1 leading to 6 different mates over three phases…a masterpiece”. Amen to that!

And now the 2017 award-winning problem, first published in The Problemist in 2016:

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Ladislav Salai jr. and Emil Klemanic
Mate in 2

(Solution Below)

This is a messier position, and I don’t think that a solver would foresee what the task achieved is; it would become apparent only when he worked out what are the two most plausible attempts to solve the problem and how the play unfolds after each of them. (Do feel free to have a go before reading on!)

In this problem, we do need to find a move that threatens mate. So we try 1.e4, which threatens 2.Qe7. The lines of play now are 1…Nd4 2.cxd4; 1…Nf4 2.Bxf4; 1…c5 2.Rd5; and 1…Bxe4 2.Nfxg4. But 1…Qxe4 refutes.

So now we look at 1.Ne4, threatening 2.Re7. The lines of play now are 1…Nd4 2.exd4; 1…Nf4 2.Bxf4; 1…c5 2.Qd5; and 1…Bxe4 2.Nhxg4. This is the thematic play, but the solver will also note 1…Kxe4 2.Qe6 and 1…Qxe4 2.Bg7.

As the award puts it: “Try and key, threats and four pairs of variation mates involve moves of different white units to the same squares”. This is craftsmanship of the highest order (for each of the lines of play the composers have to devise reasons not only for piece A to have to go to the square but also for piece B’s move to the square to be ineffective, and vice versa), although I don’t think it quite has the clarity of Stocchi’s masterpiece.


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Christopher Jones

Christopher holds the Grandmaster title for Chess Problem Composition and uses his skills to write a regular column for the Bristol Chess Times. He is also a longterm Horfield Chess Club player (where he is acting secretary).

Slow Chess

When my Danish friend, Thomas, was working in Bristol in the early seventies we often played a game of chess on Sunday evenings. The games were so enjoyable that after he moved away we decided to keep in contact via postal chess. In the succeeding four decades we’ve exchanged roughly a thousand postcards – yet without drawing a single game.

In 1973 Thomas’s older brother, Steffen, published a massive study of the Modern Benoni and he kindly gave me a copy. Although I’ve used that defence on countless occasions in over-the-board play it’s a curious fact that it is one of the few openings Thomas and I haven’t negotiated.

In the early days we both had young children and demanding jobs. This led to a founding agreement : no obligation to reply within a certain time! However we have always played two games simultaneously (alternating colours) and when the silicon monsters appeared we agreed to ignore them. Alongside the latest moves our cards have included a mixture of family news, jokes, political comment, book recommendations etc. Occasionally the cards have morphed into a kind of sub-competition in which we have vied with pictures of old film goddesses or striven for the card in most execrable taste.

Slow chess is a good way to try out different openings but at the same time it’s a much more relaxed distraction than ‘live’ play. I keep current positions on a pair of cardboard ‘tuck-in’ sets (bequeathed to me by Jim Draisey) and most days I pick them up and toy with a new idea or run over previous analysis. In the tempo of this century such leisurely enjoyments feel in danger of being forgotten.

Thomas and I are well-matched opponents. He is more imaginative than me whereas my fair share of wins appears to come from more accurate analysis. Here is a sample game from 2015/16 : probably the most demanding and lengthy defensive test I have endured. The queen-less phase (after move 30) was especially captivating and felt like wrestling at a cliff edge – even in an armchair.

Thomas Zeuthen – Howard Millbank [Chigorin’s Defence]

1. d4,d5; 2. c4, Nc6 ; 3. Nc3, Nf6 ; 4. cd5, Nd5 ; 5. e4, Nc3 ; 6. bc3 , e5 ; 7. d5, Nb8 ; 8. Nf3, Bd6 ; 9. Bb5+, Nd7 ; 10. Rb1

With at least b7 in mind.

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10…0-0 ; 11. Bd7, Qd7 ; 12. 0-0, f5

Black wants to play actively and chooses the obvious move – not dreaming of its implications.

13. Rb3

Characteristically inventive.

13…f4

Suddenly, opening up the kingside doesn’t look so smart.

 14. c4, Qe7 ; 15. Bb2, b6 ; 16. c5, bc5 ; 17. Qe2

Eyeing both flanks.

 a5 ; 18. Nd2, a4 ; 19. Rc3, g5

Draughty, but what else?

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20. Nc4, g4 ; 21. f3

After less than a year at last some sign of anxiety from White.

 h5 ; 22. fg , hg; 23. g3, f3 ; 24. Qe3, Rb8

Anticipating an assault on c5.

 25. Ba3 , Rb5 ; 26. Rc2 , Bd7

Black completes his development!

 27. Rfc1 , Rc8

With c7-c6 in mind. This turns White’s attention back to the beckoning highways on the kingside.

 28. Rf1 , Kg7 ; 29.Bc1 , Rh8 ; 30. Qg5!

A surprise, but logical enough. White will continue to be dominant on the tarmac.

hm3 Qg5 ; 31. Lg5, Kg6

Expecting Be3 and resumed queenside pressure. But instead…

 32. Be7!?

A horrible surprise which under clock conditions would certainly have knocked me over.

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Be7 ; 33. Ne5+, Kh5 ; 34. Nd7, a3 ; 35. e5 , Rd8 ; 36. e6 , Ra8 ; 37. Rfc1 , Bg5 ; 38. Re1 , Rb2 ; 39. Rf2 , c4 ; 40. e7 , Re8 ; 41. h4

Re5 was a better try but Black can still come out on top. Try it!

Re7; 42. Re7 , Be7 ; 43. Rf1 , Rg2+ ; 44. Kh1, Ra2. 0-1.

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Thomas Zeuthen vs. Howard Milbank, 2015 / 16 – Play through the game


Howard Milbank

A Horfield & Redland Chess Club stalwart, Howard loves a good bit of chess history as well as introducing new members to some of the more dubious opening choices of past masters!

November Review and Game of the Month

Three months down and clubs are staking claim to the Christmas #1 spots – always a good place to be! So far Horfield are rocking it but there’s plenty of chasing packs lurking.

Division 1

Just last week saw Horfield just edge out Clifton in their much anticipated mega-match (read all about it here) to sit pretty on 16pts/9. The other ‘big three’ A teams are predictably in the chasing pack, with Bath joining Clifton and Downend after a long winning streak. At the other end, the University have been unlucky not to jump out of the relegation battle, joining South Bristol, Clifton B and Clevedon in what will be an interesting battle after the Christmas break.

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Division 2

Another mega-match saw Horfield on the losing end this time – the fearless South Bristol B pipped them to draw level at the top of the table – with Clevedon B in hot pursuit. Another club to watch are former division 1 team Grendel, now in a new venue and lurking with a few games in hand. They beat Downend C to propel up the league and leave their opponents staring at the relegation zone with their counterparts Downend D and Cabot A.

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Division 3

Hats off to Yate! They remain the only team in the land on 100% – let’s see how long they can keep it up. Looks like a three-horse race at the moment between them, Keynsham and Clifton C. Downend E are seeing the benefit of the club’s strong junior academy, the young guns winning their first match for them against Bath B – it’s all a bit too close to call at the bottom of the table.

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Division 4

Newcomers North Bristol B are sailing this ship steady – a game in hand and still top of the league. Their C team not faring too badly either; and it’s also great to see the University C team and Clevedon C team turning out regular sides – again seeing the benefits of coaching juniors. Quite ridiculously, there is only a 6 point gap between 1st and 12th in division 4! Literally anything could happen after Christmas!

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Game of the Month

With the recent Winter Congress and the usual league action, we were spoilt for choice. Steve’s positional squeeze to win the Horfield-Clifton match mentioned above was a contender, as was Kandara’s 10-mover in the minor section of the congress (with 3/3 in the first three rounds, she surely had her much older opposition quaking with fear!). But we have to go for the sheer fun of the following game from the open section. Lewis Martin vs. Oliver Howell. – Play through full game. (game 3.3)

It started with an advance French; with early pawn advances on both wings and with 11.Kf2 by white you know you’re in for a lively game…

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f6 in the above diagram is a typical move for Black in these sorts of structures; without it White gets to play a pressuring attack with a lot more space. With it, White has to find something more dynamic as it allows Black some dynamic play of his own. The game continued until this tactical position was reached below…

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Talk about a dynamic position! Both kings are looking fairly open here. A few pieces come off in the middle and it’s a case of who can get to the king or spot the big tactics!

The game continued until white found the lovely defensive retreat 28. Nf3! in the diagram below. A cool retreat that covers the checks. A knight next to a king is a remarkable defender!

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Here follows a long line where the queens come off: after 28..Nxd4! distracting the f3 knight, so forcing white to swap queens with 29. Nxg5.

Even though the knight has just taken the queen, the black rook on h7 was under threat so instead came rh2+ and rook takes queen.

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However, in the final diagram below, Lewis had a final trick of Rxa6 Bxa6 and Nb4! Forking two pieces and there was no real way out.

Lewis wrapped up the game and went on to 4/5 – drawing with GM Keith Arkell in the process – a fantastic result. Join us next time for December where the fun of the KO cup begins and the Christmas #1 spots are finalised.


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Mike Harris

Mike is a regular pretender in Bristol’s top division and can also be seen propping up local tournament ladders. He writes a regular column for the Bristol Chess Times and plays a solid 20 openings a season.

From the Front Line: Bristol Winter Congress

The juniors steal the limelight again! 22 junior players out of 98 total descended upon Bristol grammar school and played some scintillating chess. It was the return of the Bristol Winter Congress, now under new directorship from Clifton regular Igor Doklestic.

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GM Keith Arkell returned alongside IM Chris Beaumont – setting the bar high in the open to say the least. In all three sections there were tough fights for the prizes and juniors were certainly at the forefront.

Max French and Vorobyev Svyatoslav were both lucky enough (or unlucky enough!) to be paired against Arkell – and were narrowly edged out by the endgame specialist GM, but despite that both finished on 3.5/5. Lewis Martin (not a junior anymore!) was the only one to take half a point off Arkell and finished overall second with 4/5. His exciting 3rd round game will feature in Game of the Month.

Top mentions also to go to Chirag Hosdurga and Oli Stubbs who scored 3 and 2.5 out of five in their very first opens! Chirag showed much determination to convert advantages in the early rounds and stay at the top in the hope of being paired against Arkell, but the computer pairings went against him – there’s always the next tournament.

The major saw exactly the sort of chess the major is famous for! Tactical games and advantages swinging back and forth. For Max Walker it was the tale of two Steven Williams’ as he played both namesakes – finally succumbing to the eventual winner in the last round; but here is his third round game which propelled him to the top!

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Max wins the exchange early on, but an exchange is only worth it if the rooks are actually better than minor pieces! The fight continues with Max defending against a pawn storm with everyone except the queen – who stirs up trouble on the other side of the board. The rooks get tangled up defending but with a bit of manoeuvring the queens were traded, leaving the rooks to untangle freely!

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The endgame injected more chances for Steven, who manages to promote at the same time as Max, despite being on the back foot – but Max had it all under control, swapping queens again. This left him with one pawn to queen again – winning the game – which originally was stuck on g6 facing an onslaught of white pawns – funny how things work out!

In the minor section there were also fireworks – for example young Kandara Acharya winning in 10 moves with a delightful discovered attack.

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Kandara 10 move win

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Lovely stuff!

Congratulations to Alastair Drummond who edged out clubmate Alastair Marston (though they didn’t play against each other) by half a point.

Player photos can be found in this report, and full crosstables and playback of games in the open section can be found here.

A great congress again – many thanks to Igor Doklestic and to Geoff Gammon (arbiter) and all who contributed to the write-ups. Let’s hope the next tournament breaks the 100 mark! I certainly hope to make it and try not to get thoroughly outplayed by someone half my age!


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Mike Harris

Mike is a regular pretender in Bristol’s top division and can also be seen propping up local tournament ladders. He writes a regular column for the Bristol Chess Times and plays a solid 20 openings a season.

A positional squeeze in the Hippopotamus Defence

This week saw the hotly anticipated Division 1 clash between current league leaders Horfield A and second placed Clifton A.  In the end the match was decided by a single solitary win on Board 4.  Horfield’s Steve Dilleigh talks us through his game against Duncan Grossett, a lovely positional squeeze.  

Dilleigh, S (188)  – Grossett, D (178) [A42]

1.Nf3 d6 2.d4 g6 3.c4 Bg7 4.e4 Nd7 5.Nc3 e6 6.Be2 Ne7!?

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So its to be a Hippo System. I remember playing the Hippopotamus in a crucial schools match. One of the opposing team came up to me and accused me of getting my Kings Indian and Queens Indian mixed up. I still won and so did the team. Since then I have maintained a fair amount or respect for the Hippopotamus even though it’s not good enough to be a universal weapon. I rarely try to blast it off the board. I now prefer a wait and see strategy.

7.0–0 b6 8.Be3 Bb7 9.Qc2 h6 10.Rad1 0–0 11.Rfe1 a6

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Here we have the Hippopotamus in all its glory but the trouble for Black is that none of the pawn breaks tends to be that convincing if White keeps his pieces on reasonably sensible squares. If White starts messing around, misplacing his pieces in search of active play that can be a completely different matter.

12.h3 What is Black to do now? I tend to take the attitude that White has more space and more flexibility and the onus is on Black to try to improve his position.

12…Qe8 Black continues to wait. This might have been one of the better points to play 12…f5 13.d5 (13.e5!? and 13.Bc1 were other options.) 13…e5 14.b4 which would be rather like the way the game ended up going.

13.Bc1 The Computer wants some more action here (e.g.13.d5, which may well be right) but I stick to my tactics which are gaining me time on the clock.

13…Rc8 14.b4 Preparing something a bit more active.

14…e5?! Finally Black is induced into doing something but it doesn’t work out too well. A more flexible course could have led to 14…g5 15.a4 c5 16.bxc5 bxc5 17.d5 Ng6 18.a5 which is only slightly better for White.

15.d5 I had the strong feeling that I should be capturing on e5. That gives certain chances but in the end I decided to close the position. I have lots of experience with closed positions and my intuition that this was the right way to go for practical purposes.

15…f5 16.Bd3 Trying to provoke my opponent’s next move.

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16…f4? Black was no doubt intending to create attacking chances on the kingside by advancing his pawns but this is not so easy to achieve here. Black should stay more flexible with for instance 16…Qf7 17.Ba3 Rcd8 18.c5 Nf6 A complex battle ensues but since Black has maintained his pressure against e4 this is not all one sided.

17.Nh2 Rd8 18.Be2!

This is one of the problems with playing ..f4 prematurely. White may be able to activate his bad bishop via g4.

18…Bc8 Black can stop Bg4 but he then loses flexibility. After 18…h5 19.Nf3 Bf6 20.Na4 Kg7 (Or 20…g5 21.c5 bxc5 22.bxc5 dxc5 23.Nxc5 Nxc5 24.Qxc5 g4 25.hxg4 hxg4 26.Nh2 and Black’s unsupported pawn advances prove ineffective.) 21.c5 White gets his attack in first.

19.Bg4 g5?! Another pawn on a dark square. The cage is forming around the g7 bishop.

20.Qe2 Nf6 21.Bxc8 Rxc8 22.g4 White is well on his way to a strategic advantage but Black still has time to counter.

22…Qg6?!

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Here Black misses a big chance. Before White consolidates he can play. 22…c5! 23.bxc5 (23.dxc6 Qxc6 is double-edged and probably balanced.) 23…bxc5 24.Bd2 Rb8 25.Rb1 Qd7 26.Qf1 Rb4 27.a3 Rbb8 28.Rxb8 Rxb8 29.Rb1 White is still heading for a slightly better ending but Black has a lot more space and more activity than in the game.

23.f3 Rfd8 Play is always likely to gravitate towards the queenside so perhaps this isn’t a bad idea. Instead 23…h5 24.c5 hxg4 25.hxg4 Ra8 26.cxd6 cxd6 27.Bd2 Nd7 28.Rc1 is not too bad. White’s advantage looks manageable for Black. This is more or less a normal Kings Indian type position.

24.Ba3 This should be an unnecessary precaution but I was a bit wary of Black’s possible counterplay and indeed after the immediate 24.c5 c6!? (an inspired move in an otherwise bad position) 25.cxb6 cxd5 26.Nxd5 Nexd5 27.exd5 Qf7 (or 27…Rc2 28.Qxa6 e4 with counterplay)) 28.Qxa6 Ra8 29.Qc4 Rdc8 30.Qb3 Qb7 things are suddenly rather unclear and Komodo even prefers Black.

24…Qe8 25.c5 Now this is more playable.

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25…b5?? Surely a very bad decision. Black needs to keep fighting chances for his pieces with 25…dxc5 26.bxc5 Bf8 27.Nb1 Qa4 28.Rc1 Ng6 when there is not much in it.

26.c6!

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Now the Black bishop is caged in behind its pawns and the knights are not doing much better. White simple has to open up the queenside and exchange Black’s better pieces. Black can try to engineer a sacrificial counter but this is will probably only be speculative or sit back and wait. 26…Rb8 Black may have been counting on the plan of getting a knight to b6 but this is easily parried.

27.Rb1 Nc8 28.Bc1 Nb6 29.a4! White gives up a pawn temporarily. Black’s lack of activity means he cannot stop White regaining it and the open line will come in handy.

29…Nxa4 30.Nxa4 bxa4 31.Bd2 Rb5 32.Ra1 Ra8 33.Rxa4 Qb8 34.Rea1 Qb6+ 35.Qf2 Not the computer’s first choice but an exchange of queens just makes things increasingly easy for White.

35…Kf7 36.Qxb6 Rxb6 37.Nf1 Ne8 38.Bc3 Ke7 39.Nd2 Ready to chase the rook from b6 and win a pawn.

39…Rab8 40.Rxa6

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Black doesn’t want to see any more. With his minor pieces virtually dead White can win at his leisure. 1–0

(Editors note – my thanks to both players for contributing their game).


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Steve Dilleigh

Probably the most active player in Horfield chess club, playing ten or more tournaments a year in addition to league chess.

Christmas Blitz at the Cross Hands Pub, 10th December

Fresh off the back of running the successful Bristol Winter Congress (full report to follow) at the weekend, Igor Doklestic is pleased to announce a fun evening of blitz chess at the Cross Hands pub in Fishponds (not far from Downend & Fishponds CC).

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The idea is to be an informal evening of festive chess and drinks that will be finished in a couple of hours but will include some small prizes.  Details below:

  • Five rounds of Blitz starting at 19:00
  • The time controls are 3 minutes + 2 seconds increment.
  • £3 entry fee and entrances are accepted from 18:30 onwards
  • Places are limited to 32 places so first come first serve.

It should be a lovely night of festive cheer and an opportunity to play with your league mates in a more informal manner.  I will also take this opportunity to highlight that if you enjoy a pint and a bit of Blitz then register yourself and two friend for the Bristol Pub Blitz Chess League. Our new initiative to help promote and grow the league.


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Jon Fisher

Jon is the Editor of The Bristol Chess Times and Publicity and Recruitment Officer for The Bristol & District Chess League. He plays for Horfield Chess Club and has been known to play 1. b3 on occasion.

Introducing the Bristol Pub Blitz Chess League

The (re) establishment of the Bristol Chess Times was the first action I took as the new Publicity and Recruitment Officer for the Bristol & District Chess League.  Today I would like to unveil a second initiative aimed at helping grow our great historic league. Introducing the Bristol Pub Blitz Chess League.  Or BPBCL for short…

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One way for us to create greater visibility of the historic clubs that live in our great South West city is to to be seen playing more. Whenever myself, Mike Harris and Rob Attar kibbitz in our local pub we are almost always observed or even approached by keen amateurs or ex-club players who wistfully gaze at the board or say things like “Im not very good but I wish I could play more“.   Lets make it clear to these players that the league exists and that it caters for all standards of play.

Therefore, I am proposing today the formation of a friendly blitz chess competition whose aim is twofold:

  1. To promote and attract more players of all ability, ages, sex, and ethnicity to the league;
  2. To create a fun, informal competition that encourages participation and sociability across the league.

Rules of the Bristol Pub Blitz Chess League

The following are the rules of the competition.  Any problems or questions then give me a shout but as editor of the Bristol Chess Times I reserve the right to adjust and amend them as required:

  1. There are no teams in the BPBCL.  Instead we use squads.  Small fast moving groups of woodpushers who can spring up in any drinking hole across the city;
  2. Squads consist of three players drawn from any mixture of clubs in the league.  There are no traditional club alliances in the BPBCL.
  3. The average ECF longplay grade of the three squad members cannot exceed 175. I have chosen longplay because the majority of league players have one of these.
  4. A match consists of two squads playing 18 blitz games.  Each squad member plays two games against each member of the opposing squad – one with black and one with white. Thus each player gets 6 blitz games a match.
  5. The time control for all games is 3 minutes + 2 seconds.  This ensures that all matches should be complete within 2 hrs. It doesn’t matter what is used for the clocks.  Actual digital clocks or simply Apps on a smartphone will do.  What ever is easiest for the squad.
  6. All matches must be played in a pub of your choosing.
  7. When playing a match, the squads must somehow display a call to action to passing members of the public that advertises the Bristol & District Chess League. For example, a small chalk board at the foot of the table you are sat at.  The more creative advertising the better!
  8. Organisation of matches is left up to squads.  Challenges can be issued at any time and there is no formal number, time or location that a match can occur.  However, active participation will result in more points for a squad, irrespective of their match results.
  9. In its inaugural season the BPBCL will run until June when prizes (to be determined) will be awarded.
  10. Squads should not be named after conventional chess clubs within Bristol. Squad names should be inventive, funny, creative or just plain stupid.
  11. Match results should be emailed to bristolchesstimes@gmail.com.  All results must be submitted with atleast one photo of the match and pub.  Ridiculous poses are encouraged.  Failure to submit a photo will lose match points.
  12. The BPBCL league table will be hosted from the Bristol Chess Times website.

So there are my initial set of rules.  Hopefully readers can tell that the primary purpose of this initiative is to get chess visible across the city in the eyes of the general public whilst ensuring we have some fun at the same time.  It might work, it might not.  Lets see!

I will be producing some business cards that all squads can carry with them them and hand out to any interested members of the public.

Scoring for the Bristol Pub Blitz Chess League

The following scoring will apply:

  1. A team gets 200pts for playing a match
  2. They gain 10pts for every blitz game they win in the match.
  3. They lose 10pts for every blitz game they lose in the match.
  4. Therefore, there is a minimum of 20pts and a maximum of 380pts on offer per match
  5. Failure to submit a photo with your match report loses your squad 50pts
  6. For every three different pubs (or part of) that a squad plays in they gain a bonus 100pts.
  7. Breaching the 175 ECF longplay average rating loses your team 200pts

How can I enter?

Easy!  Form your squad and then email me at bristolchesstimes@gmail.com.  Once I have a suitable number of entries then I will announce that the BPBCL is officially open and I will get things like business cards and chalk boards set up.

I hope everyone see’s what a fun initiative this could be. Ive felt for a while that it would be nice to have an easy going, informal blitz initiative that we can also use to advertise the league.

Right!  Im off to find some recruits for my squad…


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Jon Fisher

Jon is the Editor of The Bristol Chess Times and Publicity and Recruitment Officer for The Bristol & District Chess League. He plays for Horfield Chess Club and has been known to play 1. b3 on occasion.