The presence of opposite coloured bishops in endings usually leads to drawn positions. But, as today's examples show, the route to a draw is not always straight forward. This image is used under Creative Commons terms and sourced from Jim Rafferty's Flickr photostream

Travail Pursuit #59: Opposites attract… draws

And now for something completely different! In today’s post I’m going to write about a subject I’ve never covered before (indeed I’m not sure that this website has ever done ... Continue Reading →
This image is used under Creative Commons terms and sourced from Remo Cassella's Flickr photostream

Travail Pursuit #58: Disturbing the peace

Today I bring you part two of my four part series on the 9.Nf4 variation of the French Tarrasch, Closed Variation. In the first part published in June I looked at early deviations ... Continue Reading →
Ihor Lewyk

AGM – Minutes and more

Minutes to Yorkshire Chess Association AGM West Riding Pub, Leeds, Saturday 20th June 1pm 1) Attendees: R White, A Zigmond, I Lewyk, S Burton, J Hamm, B Pinder, J Burnett, S Mann, D ... Continue Reading →

Champions Challenge

Champions Challenge Once again I invite the best club teams to compete in the third Champions Challenge. The idea is to invite all the championship winning teams and runners up from ... Continue Reading →
This image is used under Creative Commons terms and sourced from Thomas Hawk's Flickr photostream

Travail Pursuit #57: Lighting the fuse

Today I’m starting what will be a series of four posts on the variation any regular readers of this series will be pretty familiar with. It’s the so-called ‘closed’ line ... Continue Reading →
Welcome to Calderdale! The Calderdale Individual Championship is back and, contrary to this correspondent's better judgement, it's in rude health. Hurrah!

Calderdale Congress 2015

From the 22-24 of May players gathered at the Lee Mount Club (the home of Halifax Chess Club) for the 2015 edition of the Calderdale Chess Congress. This event had a number of local ... Continue Reading →

Travail Pursuit #56: Open wounds are painful

‘Victory has a thousand fathers, but defeat is an orphan’ – John F. Kennedy Just over twelve months ago I started this series of posts by saying that the reason I wanted to write ... Continue Reading →
Bradford seniors

NCCU Senior club championship

Two premier Yorkshire clubs took part in a new club championship event for veterans. The competition is being run by the Northern Counties Chess Union to reflect the aging demographics ... Continue Reading →
If Muhammad Ali was a chess player what openings would he play? I'm suggesting he'd be a hypermodernist and would certainly have Alekhine's Defence in his repertoire. It would suit his rope-a-dope style.

Travail Pursuit #55: Fighting the rope-a-dope

Today I offer readers a very rare bird in my collection. A game featuring a positional exchange sacrifice for a long term strategic advantage rather than an immediate tactical benefit ... Continue Reading →
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 →