ECU NEWSLETTER MARCH 2016

April 4, 2016

March 2016 edition of the European Chess Union Newsletter is out!

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In this edition of the monthly ECU Newsletter you will find:

  • Report about WWCCM 2016;
  • Report about Candidates Tournament 2016;
  • European Small Nations Individual Chess Championship 2016;
  • ECU Board meeting Lviv 2016 information and main decisions;
  • European Youth Team Chess Championship 2016 Regulations;
  • European Union Youth Chess Championship 2016 Regulations;
  • Registration deadline notice for EICC 2016 and EIWCC 2016;
  • Fun Zone;
  • Upcoming events in April 2016.

The ECU Newsletter March 2016 can be downloaded below or here

ECU NEWSLETTER March 2016

Solutions from NL March 2016 Fun Zone:

Position #1

Mate in 13 by Fritz 1975

1. h4 Ka5 2. h5 b4 3. h6 Ka4 4. h7 b5 5. h8=N!

(5. h8=Qa5No way to avoid stalemate except Qh2 which loses anyway )

5… a5 6. Ng6 fxg6 7. f7 g5 8. f8=N! g4 9. Ne6 dxe6 10. d7 e5 11. d8= Ne4 12. Nb7

(12. Ne6 Is just as good )

12… e3 13. Nc5#

Position #2

Mate in 13 Houdini 3 Pro w32 vs. Doe, John Blitz 5m | 1-0

1. Qc8 Kg8 2. Bc7 Qxc8 3. gxf7+ Kh8 4. Be5 Qc5 5. Bb2 Nc7 6. Ba1 a4 7. Bb2 a3 8. Ba1 a2 9. Bb2 a1=R 10. Bxa1 Qc3+ 11. Bxc3 Nd5+ 12. Ke6+ Nxc3 13. f8=Q#

Position #3

Mate in 14

1. Ne4+Kf5Best move

(1… Kf4??2. Qxg5#)

2. Rf6+After this move, every black move is forced.

2… Ke5Best move, 2…exf6 loses immediately.

(2… exf6??3. Qxf6#)

3. Rh6+Kf54. Ng3+Kf45. Nxh5+Kf56. Rf6+Ke5

(6… exf6??7. Qxf6#)

7. Rxb6+White sees that he needs to remove the b6 pawn in order to play 13. Rxc5+ and force black to take with the rook, which then allows 14. d4#. If the b6 pawn isn’t removed first, after 13… bxc5 the d4 square is now defended.

7… Kf58. Rf6+Ke59. Rc6+Kf510. Ng3+Kf411. Ne2+Kf512. Qg6+Ke513. Rxc5+! Rxc514. d4#

Position #4

Mate in 14

1. Kc5 Bg1 2. Kb6 Bh2 3. Ka7 Bg1 4. Ka8 Bh2 5. Kb8 Bg1 6. Kc7 Bh2 7. Kd8 Bg1 8. Ke7 Bh2 9. Kf8 Bg1 10. Kg7 Bh2 11. Kh6 Bg1 12. Kg5 bh2 13. Kh4 Bg1 14. Rg3#

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