AGM 29th July

We will use part of the regular Zoom session next week (July 29th) to hold the AGM. Please let Jonathan know any items you wish to raise. At the moment we have only one, which is to capture opinions on the format of league matches next season, ideally with the aim of forming a club preference. If you have views in advance on this, or any other topic, do let me know and I can add them to the agenda.

We will have a regular club meeting tomorrow (July 22nd).

From the Crowthorne Vaults – Part 14

In the following position, played in the Berkshire League in 2018, Mark has a nice attacking position. But can you find the forcing sequence of moves that leads either to mate or a large win of material?

White to play and win.

Online meeting Wednesday (July 1st)

We will be having our usual Zoom meeting this Wednesday.

It’s a “bring and show” week again this week. Bring a game, position, puzzle or study of interest to show and/or watch other people’s items. Seems to work – we’ve not run out of material so far.

From the Crowthorne Vaults – Part 13

In the following position, taken from a 2018 Surrey Border League game played by Mark against Helen Frostick, White has a not-so-obvious way of removing one of Black’s key defenders.

Can you find White’s forced win?

From the Crowthorne Vaults – Part 12

In this position, from a Berkshire League match played in 2016, White has sacrificed a piece for this attacking position, and there is now only one move to win. Can you find it?

Crowthorne online – this week’s meeting

As usual, we will be meeting online this week (Wednesday 27th), please see Jonathan’s email for details.

The format will be similar to last week’s, where everyone is invited to bring an interesting game or position to show. Jonathan has promised to show “amazing game to show which should provoke some interesting comments and analysis”.

From the Crowthorne Vaults – Part 11

Here is a variation from a game of game of Mark’s played in 2012. There are two or three moves with which Mark, playing with the black pieces, would keep the advantage, but there is one which clearly wins.

Can you find it? Black to play and win.

And the winner is …

Congratulations to Harvey Duckers for winning the second Crowthorne online blitz tournament, held yesterday on

This was another 5-minute “Arena” tournament, although this time not themed by opening. More doubtless to follow, as playing over-the-board chess still looks to be some way off in the future.

From the Crowthorne Vaults – Part 10

This is a Border League game by Derek Johnson from 2018. It’s a powerful attacking game against a promising junior, Alex Golding, whose ECF grade was 213 at the time.

Thanks to Mark Taylor for providing the annotations.