Bringing Chess to Visually Impaired People

The Gazette - May 2021

Edited by Julie Leonard
The views expressed in the Gazette do not necessarily reflect the policies or views of the BCA, nor those of the editor.

Puzzles and a Game from Owen

Editor’s note: Many thanks to Owen Phillips, who sent these items at Christmas. The February issue was so packed that I had to hold them over until May, but hopefully the wait won’t detract from your enjoyment of them!

P1 Easy puzzle:

White: Qe6, Rd8, Nf4, Rh4, Be2, Kd2Black: Kd4, Qe4, Ba2, Rb5, Be5, d5

White to move and mate in 2.

P2 Relatively easy puzzle:

White: Kb4, Qa3, Be3, c5, d2, d3Black: Ne2, Qa2, Kc6, a7,b5

Black to mate in two moves.

P3 A surprising puzzle:

White: Ke7, Rb8, Bc5, Nd3, Bh2, Qa1Black: Kc6, Qc8, Bc2, Rh6

White to move and mate.

P4 A middling puzzle with a few principles involved:

White: Kh1, Bc2, Qe8, Rf7, h2, g2, f3, b3Black: Kh6, Nh5, Qb4, Bc6, Bb6, a7, g6

White to mate in three!

The solutions are in this issue, just after Personalia.

An interesting game played on Lichess at 10mins/player between:

Hubertor (2110) and Lord Melbury (2001) on 13/12/2020:

The opening is the highly combative `Double Bayonet attack':

1. b4 Nf6 2. Bb2 d5 3. a3 Bf5 4. h3 Nbd7 5. d3 e5 6. g4 Bg6 7. Bg2 c6 8. Nd2 Bd6 9. e3 Qe7 10. Ne2 Nb6

11. Rc1 Na4 12. Ba1 Rd8 13. 0-0 0-0 14. f4 exf4 15. exf4 h5 16. g5 Nd7 17. f5 Bh7 18. Nf3 Qe3+

19. Kh1 Bxf5 20. Bd4 Qe6 21. Nfg1 Rfe8 22. Nf4 Bxf4 23. Rxf4 Nf8 24. Qxh5 Ng6 25. Rf2 c5 26. bxc5 Rc8

27. Rcf1 Ne7 28. Re2 Qg6 29. Qxg6 Bxg6 30. Rfe1 Rc7 31. Bxd5 Kf8 32. Rxe7 Rcxe7 33. Rxe7 Rxe7

34. Bb3 b5 35. cxb6 axb6 36. Bxa4 Ra7 37. Bb3 Rxa3 38. Bxb6 Ra1 39. Kg2 Ke8 40. Nf3 Ra6 41. Bd4 Kf8

42. Ne5 Rd6 43. Bc5 Ke7 44. Nxg6+ fxg6 45. Bxd6+ Kxd6 1-0