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October 5, 2019

Today’s problem was from my Cambridge University days, marking the fact that, for the first time in many years, I am visiting my alma mater this weekend.

As has been my custom on this blog for a while, I adopt the style of only saying which side is to play: and not giving an idea if the move wins or otherwise, unless on occasion I think signposting would be helpful. Instead, the problems are posed with the instruction to decide what you would play, as in a game.

White to play

Mackenzie C - Beardsworth Allan (17.Bg6)

C Mackenzie v Allan Beardsworth Cambridge University Championships 8/1/1982


1…Bf2+! and after 2 Kh1 Ng3+ White resigned.


Mackenzie C - Beardsworth Allan (18...Ng3+)


I won the championship in my first two years, but alas, failed in the final round of my third and final year. Here is a picture of me in 1982, after my first victory.




r1bq1r1k/pp6/2n1p1B1/2pp1np1/2Pb2Q1/3P4/PP3PPN/R1B1R1K1 b – – 0 17

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