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This Week - Oct 18 – Cascade Night

Blitz with a twist.  We line up one long table and play blitz (G5).  If you win you go up toward the head and if you lose, you drop down.  There is pandemonium and a ton of fun!  As usual, we start at 7:00 and run until 9:00.

Some details:

  • The winning player, who moves up, plays black in the next round and of course the losing player who moves down, plays white.  IF you are on the top board and win, you stay there but play white.
  • If we have an odd number of players and you lose, you sit out that the next round. IF there are an even number of players, you move down and play black.
  • If you show up a bit late, that is not a problem at all.  You just start at the bottom and work your way up to the top, if you can.
  • We will start the night with somewhat random placement of players and when the players stop moving up and down a bunch, we switch the head or top board with the bottom board and shuffle the starts all over again.

25 Oct & Nov 1:  Four Rounds of G30 increment 3

We slow it down some again.  With two weeks of a 4 round Game in 30 minutes with a 3 second increment (G30; inc 3).  We will have 2 sections.  United States Chess Federation (USCF) members play in one section and non-USCF members play in a club rated section.  We will have a modest prize or two for this.  The announcement is also up on the USCF website so we may draw a broader group of players.

Extra Space!

For the G30 Swiss, we have an extra room.  I plan to put the USCF Rated section in that room as these players to provide a quite environment during rated games. 

A bit about rated games and the two sections.  The USCF Rated section is open to USCF Members only.  If you want to play in that section, you must have a current and valid USCF membership.  If you do NOT have a USCF membership, especially for our newer or younger players, do not fret.  We will have a separate section for non USCF members.

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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.  

If you have any questions or want to be added to our email list, contact us at [email protected].

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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