Who doesn't love to give the French stick? I kow I've been disparaging in previous posts but now I have a terrible confession to make. Image used under Creative Commons terms and sourced from Pascal Stinflin's Flickr photostream

Travail Pursuit #41: Confessions of a Francophile

I don’t think I’m exactly causing a revelation when I tell you that I have played the French Defence with Black a couple of times in my life. I think I may have mentioned it in ... Continue Reading →
The bloke on the book stall seemed to recognise me and asked if he could have his photo taken with me. I never realised that 'Travail Pursuit' had such a following.

A classic day out

Yesterday I was fortunate enough to have the chance to pay a visit to the London Chess Classic. I had a long standing business trip scheduled and hadn’t even realised that the event ... Continue Reading →

2014/15 Yorkshire League – Round 5

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 →
Newton Pic

Bob Newton annotates his crazy game from the 4NCL

In the first weekend of the 4NCL, the match between Cheddleton 2 and Manchester Manticores 2 saw one of the craziest games I have ever seen! The clash on Board 2 saw Malcolm Armstrong ... Continue Reading →
Henry Withington

Player of the Month

Player of the month – November My player of the month for November is Henry Withington of Sheffield Nomads. He has played 7 games in November winning 5 and drawing the others ... Continue Reading →
Position after Black's 17th move from Shapland vs. Boylan, 2013

Travail Pursuit #40: Precision calculation needed

After posting some games played far into my past ‘career’ today’s position comes from an interesting game I played on the 2nd of December 2013. In the Calderdale League Huddersfield ... Continue Reading →
Andrew Zigmond (Custom)

YCA League 2014-15 Round 4

Well better late than never, here is the round up of the action from 22nd November. Woodhouse Cup Bradford A won biggest 7-1 against York RI B to shave half a point off Sheffield A’s ... Continue Reading →
"I didn't really care whether I won or lost 
so I just took a chance" - Hikaru Nakamura

Travail Pursuit #39: Devil may care

“A real sacrifice involves a radical change in the character of a game which cannot be effected without foresight, fantasy and the willingness to risk” – Leonid Shamkovich Today’s ... Continue Reading →
London Chess Classic

London Chess Classic

Good morning all, I thought I would take this opportunity to remind you all that the fantastic London Chess Classic is nearly upon us, and will be taking place from 6 th – ... Continue Reading →

4NCL 2014/15 Weekend 1 – White Rose

4NCL 2014/15 Weekend 1 – White Rose Links: Official 4NCL Website All 4NCL Posts Yorkshire Chess Div 3 North Report Spirit of Atticus Report by John Carleton and Andy Mort Manchester ... Continue Reading →