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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 →
Jeremy

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 →
Stephen

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 →
Winston

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 →