2009-10 British #Chess Solving Championship, sponsored by Winton Capital Management

The final of the 2009-10 British Chess Solving Championship, sponsored by Winton Capital Management, was held at Oakham School on 20th February. 

Last year's champion John Nunn was absent due to illness, and the event turned into a two horse race between ex-World Champion Jonathan Mestel and David Friedgood. Mestel took the title by one point, and both he and Friedgood outscored the current World Champion, Piotr Murdzia of Poland, who was guesting along with Dutch solving GM Dolf Wissmann. The relatively low scores reflect a set of problems which were tougher than usual.  

Leading scores (Maximum 65): 

1st  GM  Jonathan Mestel 57¾ 

2nd  IM  David Friedgood 56¾ 

3rd   GM  Piotr Murdzia 55

4th  GM  Dolf Wissmann 53

5th   IM  Colin McNab  52

6th   GM  Graham Lee  49¼ 

The detailed round-by-round scores can be seen at http://www.bstephen.me.uk/wcbcsctables/2009-2010.html 

Two problems from the first round, in which three two-movers must be solved in 20 minutes: 

Valery Kopyl

Uralski Problemist 2002 

4N2n/1n4bB/2p1p1P1/2P1p3/1p2kpKQ/3RP1pP/4P3/3N4    (11+10) 

Mate in 2 

Mate are prepared for all Black moves, including 1…f any 2.Kg5, but White has no waiting move. The key sets up a new zugzwang, and changes the mates after moves of the f4 pawn.


1…fxe3 2.Rxe3

1…f3 2.exf3

1…g2 2.Nf2

1…b3 2.Nc3

1… B any 2.Nf6

1…Nb any 2.Nd6

1…Nxg6 2.Bxg6

1…Nf7 2.gxf7 

Peter Heyl

Freie Presse 1999 

1Q6/2NPpb2/K2np1p1/ 2N1k1P1/2P2Rp1/4P3/1p5r/1B2nRb1   (11+11) 

Mate in 2 

Any move of the c7 knight will threaten 2.Re4, but four attempts are defeated by only one Black move.


1.Ne8? Rf2!  (2.Qh8?)

1.N7xe6? Nf3!  (2.Nd3?)

1.Nb5? Bf2!  (2.Qxb2?)

1.Nd5? exd5! 

1.Na8! threat 2.Re4

1…Rf2 2.Qh8

1…Nf3 2.Nd3

1…Bf2 2.Qxb2

Best wishes

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