Since lockdown started in Victoria, Australia, Kids Unlimited have been running online events, and one of the most popular has been Chess @ 4. This is a 5 round swiss event running Monday to Friday at 4:00pm during the school terms here in Victoria. We have now run over 100 of these events!
But thanks to Victoria's success at fighting Covid, schools have returned and we realise that some kids might not be able to get home at 4:00pm so for this month we are also running Chess @ 5, exactly the same but just starting an hour later at 5:00pm. For this month, all subscribers for one event can play in both events, so that's double the practice for the same small cost!
After October, we will return to just one event, but we want to include our players in the decision as to which event is best. After all, we are running these events for all of you. So you can support either Chess @ 4 or Chess @ 5 by playing in your favourite time slot, adding a comment to this blog, or sending your ideas to Kids Unlimited.
Meanwhile, here's my favourite checkmate of the week, from the player who was probably the player of the week, Michael Ooi. Last week Michael won every Chess @ 5 event, and 2 of the Chess @ 4 Premier events.
Michael is Black and has built a big attack on the king side. I'll start the week easy for you all as there's a mate in 1 in this position.
Black to play and mate in 1 move