Chess: national solving championship opens for entries from Britain this week

Entry is free, the prize fund is expected to be at least £1,200, and the winner qualifies for the 2021 world solving championship This week’s puzzle is the opening round of a national contest where Guardian readers traditionally perform strongly. You have to work out how White, playing as usual up the board in the diagram, can force checkmate in two moves, however Black defends.The puzzle is the first stage of the annual Winton British Solving Championship, organised by the British Chess Problem Society. This competition is open only to British residents and entry is free. The prize fund is expected to be at least £1,200, plus awards to juniors. Related: Chess: Magnus Carlsen tries Champions Showdown after surprise failure Related: Fast and furious: Carlsen and Nakamura transform chess into an adrenaline sport Continue reading…

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