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This Week,  26 April - Cyborg Night 

26 April - Cyborg Night:

Call it cyborg, cybermen or just borg, it is the union of man and machine.  Players are allowed to use any computing capability to assist with their game.  You have a choice, you can play as a silicon-bio hybrid or take on the machines with your organic strength (your brain)

3 May – First Thursday Blitz:
Back to a fan favorite in with no frills or add-ons.  Club rated, strait up G5 blitz with all members in one section. 

10 – 24 May – 3 Round Slower Swiss (over 3 nights):
A 3 round Swiss with G45; d5 time control.  There will be 2 sections, a rated section for USCF members and a not rated section for nonmembers.  If you miss a round / night, don’t worry, we will pair you for that night.  Registration / check in at 7:00 and games start shortly after that, so please don’t be late.

31 May –Farewell Blitz and Social:
This is our last meeting until the Fall.  We will have a blitz with some refreshments, and perhaps with a bit of other fun added. 

What We Do

The Emmorton Rec.Chess provides an environment where players can improve their game and make some friends.  The Emmorton Rec. Chess Club is open to players of all ages.  We meet most Thursday nights from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the Emmorton Rec and Tennis Center.  Please stop by and check us out.

Rated Quick Chess -

About once a month we hold USCF Rated quick chess tournaments.  These are free to our members and typically cost $2 for non members.  If you do not have a USCF membership we often have a non-rated section.  As the cost is low / free, we promise no prizes but often have a small token prize.  Click Here for recent results.

Tournament Trips -

We organize occasional trips to larger tournaments. 

Thematic Nights -

In the past we have had thematic nights for various openings, gong chess, and bughouse. 

Puzzles and Position Analysis -

We occasionally review interesting positions, difficult puzzles, and significant games. 


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BONUS - 60 Checkmate in 1 problems for free

Problems to solve!!!

Black to move, why not … Qxd3

1.   ...       Qxd3
2.   Qh4  and Black has few options (note that 3. Rh8 and Qxd8 threaten #
      ...       Qxf1
3.   Kxf1

White to move, find the best move

1.   Rxf8+     Qxf8
2.   Nxf8       Rxf8
2.   ...             Rxe2
3.   Ne6   (threating Qxg7#)
        ...             Rxe6
4.   Qb8 and checkmate is forced.

White to move,
Find the Best Move

1. Bf5 (all other moves allow Black to promote the c pawn)
1... exf5 (Other moves for Black allow both pawns to promote and therefore which results in a draw.)
2. h4 and stalement on the next move.
Sometimes, the best move is to fight for a draw.

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