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Culture Night 2013

Another Exciting Chess event at the 2013 Belfast Culture Night. This year saw Street Chess at the Belfast Night of Culture 2013 Friday 20th September. With Dragons, a match between MP Naomi Long and MLA Chris Lyttle and plenty of people stopping for a game of chess. Chess puzzles were handed out see text for solutions.
Culture Night 2013

MLA Chris Lyttle v MP Naomi Long

A brilliant night of chess was enjoyed. We setup four tables from the Cloth Ear along Skipper Street. The night was a buzz of activity. People throughout the evening stopped and played chess. It is such a privilege to be part of Belfast Culture Night - meeting new people, chatting, sharing stories and all over a game of chess - paradise.

Culture Nights row of tables outside Cloth Ear

Culture Night- Friends playing

Culture Night 2013 - Thinking

With chess players Gareth Annesley, Calum Leitch, Geoff Hindley, Damien Cunningham, Damien Lavery, Adrian Dornford-Smith and Martin Kelly we werent short of chess talent, all enjoyed the friendly atmosphere and its events like this that can only happen with support from UCU members - many thanks...

Culture Night 2013 Gareth and Calum

These events are always fun you meet people and get inspired - I meet a young student from India studying the letters of EM Forster. Our discussion instilled a desire to re-read 'A passage to India'.

I blinked and then noticed we had MP Naomi Long playing MLA Chris Lyttle who were out with a group of friends enjoying the Night of Culture.

Culture night 2013 Parliament v Stormont!

With a little coaching from Adrian Dornford-Smith, Naomi won the game.

Culture Night 2013 Naomi Long MP winning her game

The four tables were fully used all night. With many people stopping and playing. The flow continued so we kept the tables available well beyond our advertised finish time of 9:30pm.

Culture Night 2013. New players enjoying a game

Adrian playing a possible future champion.

Culture Night 2013 Adrian playing a future champion

Culture Night 2013 Damien playing street chess

Culture Night 2013. Two friends enjoying a drink and a game

Culture Night 2013 a long and complicated game

Culture Night 2013 Adrian plays a future champion

Culture Night Dragon

Pamphets were distributed with the UCU website details and five exciting chess puzzles.

Culture Night 2013 Puzzle front page

Culture Night 2013 Puzzles back page.

Answers:

Kunnerman-Anon 1924  (c) Qc1 pinning the Rook and threatening the Bishop - this stops all of Whites threats.

Lasker-Moll 1911  (c) f6 the start of a pawn break through stopping black from Blockading with f6. Play would continue  1 f6 gxf6 2 f4 Kd4 3 g5! fxg5 4 fxg5 Ke5 5 gxh6 Kf6 6 Kc2 Black would soon be in zuzwang and White would force h7.

Aaron-Gligoric 1962 (c) Rg4 - threatening the Queen and winning as 2 Qxg4 Qxf1+ 3 Bd1 Qxd1#

Sahovic-Matulovic 1969 (c) Qxe6 Bxe6 2 Rd8+ Rxd8 3 Pxd8(Q) +

Teschner-Portisch 1969 (c) Qf2!

Some beautiful positions from a fantastic book: Blunders and Brilliancies by Ian Mullen and Moe Moss.

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