Tuesday, 13 October 2015


This is a position from my last game in the IOM. It turns out the position is a lot more interesting than I first imagined.

It is so interesting I have now called it an "NAIVETY TEST for club players.

I am black and it is black to play, black is close to queening a pawn. 

How would you assess the state of play? Should it be a win for black or a draw?

What is black`s best move?

In the "Naivety test" I got a rating of "Extremely naive."

Someone may find this an interesting postion to play against their computer programme.

This is the full game showing the position above. I naively assumed by pushing the f pawn I would win the white rook, then it should be easy to use my rook to cut the white king off from the h pawn, and win the game.

As you can see this was extremely naive.

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This is how the game should have went according to my computer programme. The move I missed was Rook back to e8 on move 69. As you can see my naivety cost me a forced mate in about 20 moves.

I think this game gives an overall view of my present ability. In most of my games I do not get caught out in the openings. 

However my play in the middlegame and endgames is seriously lacking in proficiency.

Need to commence some very serious middle and endgame studies.

Ecc 12:12 And further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh.


  1. Hi Sam,

    I just wonder why you are writing this blog under the name North Belfast Chess Club?! Is there a club in North Belfast, or are you trying to organise one?

    I live in North Belfast, and thought the other day that it would be a good idea to start a club here, so I am curious if there is any chess in this area right now.



  2. Hi Gabor, I would like t start a chess club in N.Belfast but the problem at the minute is finding a suitable venue.