Chelmsford Junior Chess Club exists to give junior chess players in Chelmsford of all ages and strengths the chance to play and learn chess in a fun and safe environment. Players will have the chance to make new chess-playing friends while getting some coaching to guide them on their chess path.
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Wednesday, 28 October 2015
If you are an aspiring junior player ignore this as it could
lead you into bad habits.
Chess puzzles are a god way to improve when you are invited
to find a checkmate or clever tactic and I have a wide selection to share for
juniors of all ages and levels. This is the opposite – a self-mate puzzle.
These are my favourite type of chess problem. It is white to
move. If he wanted to win he could deliver checkmate immediately in two
different ways. No challenge there. But the problem is for white to move and
force black to checkmate him. Black will play legal moves but pick the worst
possible legal move. As usual white is moving up the board.
Doing this with juniors I cast the black player as King (or
Queen) and the white player as a chess genius who needs to lose to this utterly
useless but regal opponent to carry favour in court.
Warning: allowing the black pawn to promote on a1 won’t work
because black picks a knight! This is generally the first try and gets a laugh
when I stop the black player picking a queen. If you need the solution ask me
but there are limited tries so you should get there pretty quickly.