To help fill the current vacuum in the elite solving calendar, a programme of Grand Prix (online @Home) will be organized by BCPS. Full details here.
Our February online solving tourney was a major success. Forty solvers, from many countries, solved from home, but in the same format as we use in the British Championship. There was a tight finish in the Category 1 event, with the top three solvers all getting 60 out of 65 points – the tie-breaker of time used made John Nunn the winner, narrowly ahead of Eddy van Beers and Martynas Limontas.
This was a fun event, not counting for ratings, but taken seriously by the competitors. It used new and experimental technology, which worked seamlessly and without fault, thanks to its developer Brian Cook. You can try it out at www.netchex.club where there are daily and monthly solving challenges.
The full results are here.
Here’s the link to your January 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 in which you are given several tries to choose from.
So, go to http://www.ihandicap.mobi/chess/chess202101.htm and click on one of the eight ‘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.