Junior Club Reopening September 5th

The junior club will reopen on Saturday 5th September at following our summer break. The venue is the same as last year Mountview.   We ask everybody to please fill in one of the online membership forms for the new year (even if you filled it in last year)  There are two option a Credit Card payement form (our preferred payment method) and a cash or cheque payement  form.

To help blow the cobwebs off here’s a famous chess puzzle.

It is white’s move for mate in two. 

Comment below with your solutions. Bonus points if you can name the famous chess player who came up with this when he was about 10 years old.


  1. 1-white bishop takes out black pawn (black king takes out white bishop)
    2-white castle takes out black king
    White Check Mate

    • Sorry Adam, Not the correct solution. The diagram is probably not great but it’s a white pawn not bishop. Taking with the king on the a7 square would also be an “illegal move” as you are not allowed to move into check.

      Good try, have another shot as I give a chess club pencil to the first person to get it correct.


    • Rook to a6 is correct!
      Black only has two options:
      Option 1. if black takes the Rook with his b7 pawn then white can move his pawn
      to b7 for checkmate:
      [fen csl=Ra6,Gb7 cal=Rb7a6,Gb6b7]kbK5/pp6/RP6/8/8/8/8/8 w - - 0 1[/fen]

      Option 2: If black’s only other legal move is his bishop, but if he moves his bishop away from a7 is no longer protected and the rook can move to a7 for checkmate
      [fen csl=Gb8,Gc7,Gd6,Ge5,Gf4,Gg3,Gh2,Ra7 cal=Gb8d6,Ra6a7]k1K5/pp6/RP1b4/8/8/8/8/8 w - - 0 1[/fen]

      Bonus pencil still up for grabs … name the GM who thought up this puzzle as a child.

  2. Hi there,
    I would just like to enquire on behalf of my son,Dylan, if it would be possible to travel up from Portlaoise to attend your chess class on Saturdays. We would only be able to attend once every 2-3months but Dylan would love the opportunity to meet up with ye again. He attended your chess tournament before the summer break and loved it.
    Thanks a million,
    Marie Farrell.

  3. Hi there, is it ok if Dylan Farrell from Portlaoise attends your chess club 3or 4 times during the year. He enjoyed attending your chess tournament before the summer. Thanks Marie.

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