In military terms the nuclear bomb is about as 'shock and awe' as it gets. Would it be too much to suggest that the Traxler variation of the Two Knights Defence is the nuclear bomb of the chess board? This image is used under Creative Commons terms and sourced from Pierre J's Flickr photo stream.

Travail Pursuit #54: Shock and awe

Having recently covered a couple of games that I’ve played in the last twelve months today it’s time to delve back a little bit further into my archive as this game was played ... Continue Reading →

2014/15 Yorkshire League Round 11

Yorkshire League Reports Enter your report & results here! Welcome to the Yorkshire League 2014-15 season, below you will find match reports and results at they are submitted today ... Continue Reading →

Steven Priest RIP

A few weeks ago, we learned of the sad news of the passing of Steven Priest from cancer. He was very active in local chess, representing teams in Halifax, Huddersfield, Bradford and ... Continue Reading →
Tooley vs. Shapland. Black has just played Qf7 and White must now chose whether to exchange queens, take the gambit pawn on b7, or do something else. What would you do?

Travail Pursuit #53: What result are you playing for?

I mentioned in a recent post that I had something of a purple patch towards the end of the season this time last year. As a result I have a number of interesting games in my file that ... Continue Reading →
Charles Wood vs C Friar

Yorkshire Congresses in May

There’s a lot of Congresses coming up in Yorkshire over the next couple of months! In addition to the 4NCL FIDE Rated Congress in a couple of weeks time, here are three other ... Continue Reading →

Player of the month – March 2015

My player of the month for March is Winston Williams a club mate of mine at Bradford chess club and Pudsey. Winston has played an impressive 11 graded league and cup games in March ... Continue Reading →
Matthew Parsons won his third successive Calderdale Individual Championship last month when he beat Richard Porter in round 5.

Parsons is King of Calderdale again!

Last month the final round of the Calderdale Individual Championship took place at the Trades Club in Hebden Bridge. As the final round got underway there were three players, all previous ... Continue Reading →
Andrew Zigmond (Custom)

YCA League 2014-15 Round 10

Woodhouse Cup With the top three having brought their matches forward attention was focused on the lower end of the table. Sheffield B picked up a point against Rose Forgrove B and ... Continue Reading →

Fiona Steil-Antoni Simultaneous – April 26th

Fiona Steil-Antoni Simultaneous Harrogate Chess Club are pleased to confirm Woman International Master Fiona Steil-Antoni will be giving a simultaneous exhibition on Sunday 26th April ... Continue Reading →

4NCL FIDE Rated Congress – Wakefield

4NCL FIDE Rated Congress – Wakefield After a successful 1st 4NCL FIDE Congress in Birmingham, the 4NCL are hosting their second event at the Cedar Court Hotel, Wakefield on Friday ... Continue Reading →