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Summer Time - We Are Taking a Break!

We are taking a break for the summer!  We will start back up in September.  Email us at [email protected] and we will add you to our distribution list so you will receive updates.

Oct 12 - National Chess Day Tournament.

SAVE THE DATE!  We will be back before this.  4 round Swiss System, Time Control G60 inc/5: Location: Emmorton Recreation Center, 2213 Old Emmorton Road, Bel Air, Maryland 21015.  All prizes guaranteed.  Two Sections OPEN Section: 1st $120 2nd $60, U1800 $60; U1400 Section: $80, U1000 $60. EF: $20 on line at [yet to come].  Online registration closes Oct 10.  Onsite registration $25 cash ONLY. Register early as maximum registration is 56 players.  Reg: 8:00 – 8:45, Rds: 9:00, 11:20, 2:00, and 4:20.

What We Do

The Emmorton Rec.Chess provides an environment where players can improve their game and make some friends.  The Emmorton Rec. Chess Club is open to players of all ages.  We meet most Thursday nights from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the Emmorton Rec and Tennis Center.  Please stop by and check us out.

Rated Quick Chess -

About once a month we hold USCF Rated quick chess tournaments.  These are free to our members and typically cost $2 for non members.  If you do not have a USCF membership we often have a non-rated section.  As the cost is low / free, we promise no prizes but often have a small token prize.  Click Here for recent results.

Tournament Trips -

We organize occasional trips to larger tournaments. 

Thematic Nights -

In the past we have had thematic nights for various openings, gong chess, and bughouse. 

Puzzles and Position Analysis -

We occasionally review interesting positions, difficult puzzles, and significant games.  

If you have any questions or want to be added to our email list, contact us at [email protected].

BONUS - 60 Checkmate in 1 problems for free

Problems to solve!!!

Black to move, why not … Qxd3

1.   ...       Qxd3
2.   Qh4  and Black has few options (note that 3. Rh8 and Qxd8 threaten #
      ...       Qxf1
3.   Kxf1

White to move, find the best move

1.   Rxf8+     Qxf8
2.   Nxf8       Rxf8
2.   ...             Rxe2
3.   Ne6   (threating Qxg7#)
        ...             Rxe6
4.   Qb8 and checkmate is forced.

White to move,
Find the Best Move

1. Bf5 (all other moves allow Black to promote the c pawn)
1... exf5 (Other moves for Black allow both pawns to promote and therefore which results in a draw.)
2. h4 and stalement on the next move.
Sometimes, the best move is to fight for a draw.

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