Chess Problems

Solving chess problems is an useful way of improving tactical ability but the art of setting problems is a skill in itself and I discovered a great resource that I though I would share with you all .

The British Chess Problem Society, founded in 1918, is the world’s oldest chess problem society. It exists to promote the knowledge and enjoyment of chess compositions, and membership is open to chess enthusiasts in all countries. The Society produces two bi-monthly magazines, The Problemist and The Problemist Supplement (the latter catering for beginners), which are issued to all members. It organises the annual British Chess Solving Championship (sponsored by Winton Capital Management), and selects the Great Britain squad for the World Chess Solving Championship. Members are invited to attend BCPS lectures, which are held in London on the last Friday of each month between September and April. The Society holds an annual residential weekend, with a full programme of solving and composing tourneys and lectures. Members are entitled to use the resources of the BCPS library, and the Society book service, which can provide new and second-hand publications.

North Shields v South Shields

This was an interesting game played many many years ago, recorded in for posterity in the South Shields Gazette. In those days South and North Shields used to play on a monthly basis. In the early days the games were matched on a Random Ballot method, which often led to uneven contests. However this one seems to have been pretty evenly matched. A very aggressive Muzio Gambit was attempted.

Gilroy Northumberland Championship