Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Norths Club Competition

Apologies for the lack of updates.

I've signed up for the North Sydney Chess club competition.

I'm still undecided as to whether I should play. The past month has been hectic as my wife suffered a broken ankle and is currently hospitalised (having been taking her to do the MRI scans/doctors) and I've not taken any time to study chess intensively. So it looks like if I do play, I'm going in totally without any preparation at the moment.

In the meantime, my bathroom cistern is leaking and I've tried replacing the washers but to no avail. The plumber is coming tomorrow early morning to have a look.

Yep, this new year has not been going well for me. Oh well....

In the meantime, here's an interesting tactical puzzle of a game I just played. White is of course absolutely winning but what's the quickest way to victory?

White to play and mate in 4. Highlight between the brackets for the answer.
[1. Rf8+!
If ..... Rxf8 2. Qxh8+! Kxh8 3. exf8=Q+ Kh7 4. Re7#
If ..... Kh7 2. Qxh8#]


  1. Nice one!

    Seems like there's one more line, after 1.Rf8+ Rxf8 2.Qxh8+ Kf7 - where 3.Qxf8# seals the deal!

    Best regards,

  2. Best wishes to your wife for a speedy recovery. I certainly can relate to a broken ankle. (Keeping my fingers crossed that news will be better when I go back to the Dr. on Feb 23

  3. I didn't really think about that line. Interesting, thanks Hank! :)

    Polly: Thank you for the well wishes. The surgeon had to restitch the torn ligament as well. She had her stitches removed 2 days ago and she's walking better.

    I hope to hear good news from you soon as well.

    Take care. Loved your blog and photos! :)