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Opportunity and chance, contd.

From the position in the last post, after 1…. Qg3+!! 2. Kh1, Black could have won by 2… e3!!. The immediate threat, which is enough to account for White’s tries 3. Be2 and 3. Ra3, is 3… Qh3+ 4. Kg1 … Continue reading

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Opportunity and chance

From Chess Combination as a Fine Art (Pitman, 1976) by Golz and Keres, which we’ve mentioned here before, another Irish game and a puzzle: Oliff-Keogh, Dublin 1964 We’ll take up the story as Golz and Keres present it: “Black, who … Continue reading

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Brian Tomson, series helpmate in 26

We’ve written previously here about the Irish player and problemist Brian Tomson. He played in the Glorney Cup, Armstrong Cup (for T.C.D.), finished equal 4th in the Irish championship in 1965, and represented Ireland in the Student Olympiad in 1967, … Continue reading

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A famous ending—epilogue

I had never seen the original article in “the Irish chess magazine” that Golz and Keres quoted, but now it has been supplied by David McAlister, for which many thanks. The article appeared in Chess in Ireland, September 1959, p. … Continue reading

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A famous ending—III

J. J. Walsh has scorebooks covering all of his games, going back to the late 1940’s, and in the collection is included the full score of the game from the last two posts. White was Barney O’Sullivan, and the event … Continue reading

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A famous ending—II

The ending in the last post was given in the excellent book Chess Combination as a Fine Art by Werner Golz and Paul Keres (Pitman 1976), a compilation of puzzles originally published by Kurt Richter in Schach. On p. 149 … Continue reading

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A famous ending—I

White to play; how should he continue? In particular, if 1. Nxh4, what then? This position, from an Irish game, has featured in several books, including some highly acclaimed recent ones—which stress the importance of trying to work out a … Continue reading

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Hogarty-Green, European Boys U18 Team Championship 2006

In the puzzle in the last post, White must not play 1. Ke3?, which loses: after 1. … c1=Q+ 2. Nxc1 Kxc1 3. Ke4 Kd2 4. Ke5 Ke3 5. Kxe6 Kf3 6. Kf6 White is one move too late. The … Continue reading

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1. ?

In this position, from an Irish game, it’s White to play. (i) How should White continue and what should the result be with best play? (ii) What happened in the game? Not too hard, but neat. Answer in a couple … Continue reading

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Gonzaga Masters 2016

Last month I wrote here that there were apparently going to be no games available from this year’s Gonzaga Masters. I’m delighted to report that the great majority of the games have now been made available, compiled by Ruth Redmond … Continue reading

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