The original intention was
to have a massive Christmas Corner
but it was taking ages to load in
so I split it into two.
Then I came across this picture
in my Grand kids colouring in book.
(a present I pick up for 20p at
a 2nd hand junk shop - all their
presents came from junk shops)
So I spent a merry 30 minutes
colouring it in on Paint Brush Pro.
Good init? Very therapeutic.
But why should I have all the fun?
So I have included a blank Knight
for you to colour in.
Shall I make it a competition to
see who does the best? OK then.
It must be done on a paint package.
Maximum of 16 colours only (that's all I used).
There must be a chess piece(s) on the shield.
Closing date: 4th.Jan 2008.
The winner will get a £10.00 note.
Give it to the kids on Christmas Day it will keep
them out of your hair whilst you do the washing up.
I cannot believe I've put on a 'colouring competition in' on this site.
Everywhere else has mates in two and three.
Me? A 'colouring in' competition.
I think I've flipped this time.
The Internet Chess Club Competition
We have winners - Keith Ruxton was the judge.
Here are the prizes and the conditions.
1st Prize is 1 Year on ICC worth $59.00
2nd Prize is 6 months on ICC worth $39.00
3rd Prize is 3 months on ICC worth $19.00
You were asked to construct a position,
a mate in 3 with the following criteria.
The position starts with White in check.
1.White moves out of check giving Black a discovered check.
1...Black moves his King.
2. White sacrifices his Queen.
2...Black takes the Queen.
3. White moves a pawn giving checkmate.
Notes by Keith Ruxton.
First was Andy MacDonald By far the most original of the entries,
both the sacrifice of the queen and the final mating move are significantly
different from all other entries and I think it's quite fun.
Andy MacDonald solution: 1.Kxd2+ Kb2 2.bxa8Q+ Bxb8 3.d5#
2nd was Graham McKay. Nice complex initial position and cute final
mating pattern, again this distinguished itself as being a more original
final position than most other entries.
Graham Mckay solution.1.Kd5+ Kh7 2.Qxh6+ Kxh6 3.fxg8N#
Heather Lang picked up the 3rd prize for being first to enter.
She won by 22 minutes. Here is Heather's entry.
Heather Lang solution: 1.Kxf7+ Kh7 2.Qg6+ Rxg6 3.hxg6#
Honorable mentions go to Bob Lothian. There were a number of entries
ending in an economical mate with minimal pieces, I loked this one as
almost any other move than the queen sac would allow black counter-play
whereas in most other examples of this type white had an overwhelming advantage anyway.
Robert Lothian - 1.Kxb6+ Kb8 2.Qa8+ Kxa8 3.c7#
And Gordon Rattray who actually wrote a computer program to
compose the position. Which I think is quite a clever thing to do.
You put the problem conditions into the program and it composes the position.
Here is Gordon's computer entry.
The Gordon Rattray's program solution: 1.Kxe6+ Kc7 2.Qd8+ Kxd8 3.b8Q#
I'm impressed. I wonder if he could write a program to do
(Easy just get the computer to compose googly gook....Ed)
Thanks again to the Internet Chess Club for putting up the prizes.
If you want to see what The Internet Chess Club can offer you
then check out their site at;
The Internet Chess Club
Time for a game of chess and this is a Christmas Cracker
Ulianov - Agrinsky, USSR 1967.
Black plays 10...f6? instead of 10...d6! and the fireworks began.
Look and Learn how White conducts this attack.
There are a whole scad of attacking ideas here. Look how
Black struggles because he cannot get a Knight to f6.
And the forced mate in six starting with 23.Rxe8+ is a perfect end.
[Click here to replay the game]
Ulianov - Agrinsky
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.d4 exd4 6.0-0 Be7 7.Re1 0-0 8.e5 Ne8 9.c3 dxc3 [9...d3!] 10.Nxc3 f6? 11.Bb3+ Kh8 12.Nd5 fxe5 13.Nxe5 Nxe5 14.Rxe5 Bf6 15.Bc2! g6 [15...Bxe5 16.Qh5 g6 17.Bxg6 Nf6 18.Nxf6] 16.Rh5! Rg8 17.Rxh7+ Kxh7 18.Qh5+ Kg7 19.Qxg6+ Kf8 20.Bh6+ Rg7 21.Re1 Bxb2 22.Nf6! Bxf6 23.Rxe8+ Qxe8 24.Qxf6+ Qf7 25.Bxg7+ Kg8 [25...Ke8 26.Bg6] 26.Bh7+ Kxh7 27.Qh6+ Kg8 28.Qh8
Brilliant. Makes you want to phone up a mate, get them to come
around to your house and attack them.
Hey! I just had another colouring in idea!!
Colour in where you think the Black pieces are.
It is from an actual game. The Black King is checkmated.
I wonder if I print out the position and show it to clever
clogs Ruxton he will recognise the game? (he's good at these things).
I wonder if even cleverer clogs Gordon Rattray will write a computer
program to solve this one.
I wonder if I have created a whole new genre of chess problems?
Colour in the Mate in Two!
(we wonder when the authorities are going to take you away...Ed)
Or how about this...
Colour in the Chess Book Cover?
(that's it Chandler you are off the air...Merry Christmas Everybody...Ed)