Malcolm Pein on…a Problem Shared


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A problem shared is a problem halved, as the old saying has it – but Malcolm Pein is not interested in draws and asks you to find a checkmate in two moves in today’s Daily Telegraph column.

Malcolm Pein on…a Problem Shared

It’s that time again, get out the pocket set and set up the position below, because the starter problem for the Winton British Chess Solving Championships has been revealed.

Winton British Chess Solving Championship Starter

White, playing up the board, is to play and force mate in two moves

There is no entry fee, and the competition is open to British residents only. Send White’s first move by post to:

Nigel Dennis
Boundary House
230 Greys Road

…or by email to [email protected].

All entries must be postmarked or emailed no later than July 31, 2021, and must give the entrant’s name and home address. Juniors under the age of 18 on August 31, 2020, must give their date of birth.

If you get the answer right you will also receive the postal round, which will contain eight more difficult and varied problems.

In due course, the best competitors and the best juniors from the postal round will be invited to the final in February 2022. The ultimate winner of the final will win the right to represent Great Britain at the World Chess Solving Championships 2022.

To find out more about the BCPS, and to follow the course of the competition, go to

The Grand Prix Attack in Action

Magnus Carlsen deployed the club player’s favourite Grand Prix Attack earlier this year in a bullet match against the Iranian prodigy Alireza Firouzja.

M. Carlsen – A. Firouzja
Grand Prix Attack

1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 d6 3.f4 g6 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.Bc4 Nc6 6.a3 (The light bishop is a potent weapon and Carlsen wants to preserve it) 6…e6 7.0–0 Nge7 8.d3 0–0 9.Ba2 Rb8 10.Qe1 b5 11.f5 (The classic thrust) 11…exf5 12.Qh4 Ne5? (A losing blunder. 12…c4! 13.dxc4 bxc4 14.Bxc4 Qb6+ 15.Kh1 Ba6 is good for Black) 13.Bg5 Rb7 14.Nd5 Re8 15.exf5 (15.Nf6+ Bxf6 16.Bxf6 h5 17.Qg5 wins) 15…Bxf5 16.Rae1 h6 17.Nf6+ Kf8 18.Bxh6 (Or even 18.Qxh6 for fun) 18…Ng8 19.Nh7# 1–0

M. Carlsen – A. Firouzja

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