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Congratulations to Tom Brown who won the Under 165 section of the H E Atkins memorial rapidplay on Sunday (15th October) - more details on the lrca website here


What a stunning win last night (12th October) for Braunstone 3 and it was Oadby who were left stunned. At the start of the match, Oadby unveiled their new 'secret' board 1 striker, Stephen Wylie, who was not listed for Oadby, prior to the match.
With all Oadby players having 3 figure grades, they must have sensed victory, what a shock therefore to be turned over by sub 100's.

12 Oct Oadby 1 - 3 Braunstone 3

1 B 138 Wylie, Stephen 1 – 0 Gulab, Vijay 105
2 W 126 Pettitt, David 0 – 1 Read, Barry 99
3 B 106 Candlin, Don 0 – 1 Oliver, John 98
4 W 104 Thornton, Mike 0 – 1 Martin, Paul 86

My early win came courtesy of a blunder by Don Candlin - lucky or what, but the houdini prize goes to Paul for surviving a RQR battering ram and then pulling off a mate. 2 - 0 to Braunstone...............unfortunately Vijay lost, but not until a rook and pawn endgame proved too much. .... 2 - 1 to Braunstone..............

However the 1st brilliancy prize goes to Barry, who amazed everyone in a complicated open position, short of time on the clock, he bamboozled his opponent and mated him, with just 2 minutes to spare.

3 - 1 to braunstone. well done everyone, Report by John Oliver

The league fixtures and results for the season 2017-18 can be found on the fixtures & results tab

The club's Annual General Meeting took place on Tuesday 27th June 2017 and the minutes from that meeting can be read here

Jim Bingham has been playing in the County Championship Open section, along with John Robinson, Sherif Gonem and Richard Hanscombe

Here are a couple of positions from his recent games, can you find the best moves?

Firstly against John Denton one of the lines of analysis yielded this position, with John (black) to play :-

An appealing line is then 29....Rb5 when black is starting to threaten to win another pawn and free up his position. But white still has some drawing chances, starting with ......?


Secondly against Dave Farall one of the lines of analysis yielded a position something like this, with white to play :-

White’s position looks a bit perilous but he has a resource (found by Fritz) to gain a draw. So what is it?

Happy solving from Jim B

The January 2017 grades have been released, they are on the gradings tab - these will be used in the 2017 Summer Cups and the County Championships.

If any member wishes to have their game published on the website please send it in pgn format to your webmaster and it will be done. See the games tab for a game between your webmaster and the county champion which was wilder than normal.


© M W Salisbury for Braunstone Chess Club 2010