CHESS

The Star Early Edition - - TONIGHT PUZZLES - Mark Ru­bery

Ear­lier this year the Cape Town Chess Club staged the Cape Town Her­itage Chess Fes­ti­val in hon­our of the club’s 132 years of ex­is­tence- mak­ing it the sec­ond old­est chess club in the south­ern hemi­sphere (be­hind Mel­bourne). The fes­ti­val held si­mul­ta­ne­ous ex­hi­bi­tions, lec­tures, blitz events for se­niors, ladies and ju­niors as well as an evening of speeches un­der the ti­tle ‘The Leonard Reit­stein Lec­ture on SA Chess His­tory’ . Here David Gluck­man de­tailed his play­ing ca­reer whilst grow­ing up in Cape Town, Watu Kobese de­scribed what it was like for a young black player at the height of the Apartheid era and Lyn­don Bouah gave his view on the unity process that ul­ti­mately al­lowed us back into the in­ter­na­tional chess com­mu­nity. From my per­spec­tive this di­a­logue was both cap­ti­vat­ing and re­veal­ing, but judge for your­self as the whole evening was cap­tured for pos­ter­ity on youtube : www.youtube.com/watch?v=84meU9m­pT6I

In 1991 Reit­stein pub­lished ‘Test your Chess’, which con­sisted of 240 po­si­tions from South African games. Far from be­ing merely a quiz book, it was in fact a his­tor­i­cal jour­nal of chess played in this coun­try dur­ing the last hun­dred years. The se­quel was ‘Test your Chess-2’ con­tain­ing an­other 240 po­si­tions with a slightly more con­tem­po­rary lean­ing than its pre­de­ces­sor. Here is ex­am­ple from that vol­ume:

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In the above po­si­tion White played 1 Bf1 and lost. In­stead he missed a move which would have led to a bril­liant vic­tory for him. Can you find what he missed?

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