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  • 2020/10/04 – October Solving Challenges

    Written by Ian Watson

    Here’s the link to your October solving tourneys. As usual, you can choose from three Categories: Master level, intermediate solvers, or newcomers to solving. Each Category has two separate tests; in each separate test there are six problems with two hours available. This month, Brian Cook also offers you a new type of test: a multiple-choice test at the newcomers solving level. Try it out: click on the Bonus Round – Primary.

    So, go to http://www.ihandicap.mobi/chess/chess202010.htm and click on one of the seven ‘Practice Tourneys‘.

    Remember that the diagrams are interactive; if you haven’t tried them before, have a go at one of the Daily Challenges to get used to the tech.

  • 2020/09/11 – Dawson MT

    Written by Brian Stephenson

    The BCPS is delighted to announce the Dawson Memorial Tourney.

  • 2020/09/07 – Solving September

    Written by Ian Watson

    A complete new set of online solving events for September. As last month, you can choose from three Categories: Master level, intermediate solvers, or newcomers to solving. Each Category has two separate tests; in each separate test there are six problems with two hours available.

    Go to http://www.ihandicap.mobi/chess/chess202009.htm and click on one of the six ‘Practice Tourneys’.

    Remember that the diagrams are interactive; if you haven’t tried them before, have a go at one of the Daily Challenges to get used to the tech.

  • 2020/08/09 – August Solving Challenges!

    Written by Ian Watson

    Solvers, Brian Cook is challenging you again: his August tourneys are live on the netchex website. You can choose from three Categories: Master level, intermediate solvers, or newcomers to solving. Each Category has two separate tests this month; in each separate test there are six problems with two hours available.

    Go to http://www.ihandicap.mobi/chess/chess202008.htm and click on one of the six ‘Practice Tourneys’.

    Remember that the diagrams are interactive; if you haven’t tried them before, have a go at one of the Daily Challenges to get used to the tech.

    Enjoy the Tourneys, and tell your chess friends about them!

  • 2020/07/06 – New Solving Tests for You

    Written by Ian Watson

    Try your skills on the latest solving challenges from Brian Cook. Each of the new tests contains six problems, and you have a total of two hours to complete the six. The three tests are similar to the ISC (International Solving Contest) and, like that event, have three Categories – one at Master level, one for intermediate solvers, and an easy one for newcomers to solving and juniors. When you’ve finished, the website will tell you your score and your rating for the test. The faster you solve, the higher your rating.

    Go to: http://www.ihandicap.mobi/chess/chess202007.htm and click on one of the three ‘Practice Tourneys’.

    Remember that the diagrams are interactive; if you haven’t tried them before, have a go at one of the Daily Challenges to get used to the tech.

    Enjoy the Tests, and tell your chess friends about them!

  • 2020/05/09 – The Lincoln Memorial Online Solving Test

    Written by Ian Watson

    The Lincoln Memorial test is ready for you!

    We’’ve another solving challenge for you. We hope you’ve tried your skills on the Lipton Test; now try the new Lincoln Memorial test. This is a selection of problems by the late Bob Lincoln, famous for his miniatures.

    The Lincoln Memorial test has twenty 2-movers; you have only a minute for each one, but they’re not very difficult. The webpage tells you your score, based on how many you get right and how quickly you do them. Here’s the link: http://www.ihandicap.mobi/t20/tt200402j.htm (Make sure you read the instructions on that page, before you start the Test!)

    Also, before doing the full test, try a single two-mover at http://www.netchex.club to get familiar with how to move the pieces on screen. (Keep that link in your Favourites – there are lots of problems to solve there.) Or you can have a go at the Lipton Test, also on that site.

    Our thanks again to Brian Cook, who has written the program. When you’ve finished, you can e-mail your result to him netchex@btinternet.com and you’ll receive your rating and a link to his complete selection of Bob Lincoln problems, all 108 of them.

    Enjoy the test, and tell your chess friends about it!

  • 2020/04/19 – Online Solving during Lockdown!

    Written by Ian Watson

    Try your skills on quick solving of two-movers. The Test has twenty 2-movers; you have only a minute for each one, but they’re not difficult ones. The webpage tells you your score, and gives you a rating based on how many you get right and how quickly you do them. The problems are provided by Michael Lipton. Here’s the link: http://www.ihandicap.mobi/t20/tt200401j.htm (Make sure you read the instructions on that page, before you start the Test!)

    Also, before doing the full Test, try a single two-mover at http://www.netchex.club to get familiar with how to move the pieces on screen. (Keep that link in your Favourites – there are lots of problems to solve there.)

    Our thanks to Brian Cook, who has written the program. When you’ve finished, you can e-mail your result to him at netchex@btinternet.com, and you’ll receive a complete collection of Michael Lipton’s miniatures.

    Enjoy the Test, and tell your chess friends about it!

  • 2020/04/14 – The Queens of Problem Chess

    Written by Brian Stephenson

    Chess Problem enthusiast Satanick Mukhuty writes about and presents problems by Dora Nesbitt, Sophie Schett, Edith Baird, Lilian Baird, Odetter Vollenweider and Julia Vysotska at ChessBase

  • 2020/03/19 – Romancing the helpmate with Grandmaster Christopher Jones

    Written by Brian Stephenson

    Chess Problem enthusiast Satanick Mukhuty writes about BCPS Vice-President, Secretary and helpmates sub-editor Christopher Jones at ChessBase India

  • 2020/03/03 – Solving at Sheffield

    Written by Ian Watson

    A new solving event for you! On Sunday May 24th, we are running a British venue for an international solving competition. It’s the Israeli Open, which, in spite of the name, is held simultaneously at venues in several countries. All are welcome to take part. There will be two categories, one with harder problems for experienced solvers and one with easier problems. Solving will start at 10 a.m. and finish at 3 p.m., with a break for lunch in the middle. Entry is free, as is the lunch! Our venue is Jury’s Inn in central Sheffield, which has accommodation available if you wish to stay overnight.

    To register to take part, or to get more details, please email me at ian@irwatson.demon.co.uk


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