We have come to the start of term 4 in Victoria. It really doesn't feel like we've had most of a year already. This year has been difficult for most of us, but it looks as if Victorian schools will be starting back again soon. And if we can find a "covid-normal" situation, then restrictions may be eased enough for players to return to face to face tournaments. Until then, Kids Unlimited will continue with running tournaments on Tornelo including Chess @ 4 and Chess @ Noon.
During the school holidays we ran the Victorian Youth Championships. These were age group categories with under 7's, under 9's, under 11's and under 15's. The games were played using a slow time control, with the oldest age group having 45 minutes for the game plus a 10 second increment per move. The longest games were taking over one and a half hours!
There are also still a lot of Interschool events coming up, with State Finals in October and the National Finals to follow towards the end of the term.
Here's a position that I saw in an Interschool event this week.
It is Black to move. Neither player could see a way to break through so after moving theirs kings, they agreed to a draw. Can you help to find a win for Black?
When you've solved it, check your answer here.