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Travail Pursuit #5: Finding the flaw

Here’s a position from a game played on this date five years ago in the Leeds League. White (me) has just ‘boldly’ (read ‘stupidly’!) sacrificed a bishop ... Continue Reading →
Short FIDEE

ECF Finance meeting

ECF Council Finance meeting 12 April 2014 There were around 50 attendees at the meeting in London. I’ve managed to avoid a number of these meetings in the past but this seemed ... Continue Reading →
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Travail Pursuit #4: Thoughts on castling

We’re back in puzzle mode for today’s archive excerpt. Take a look at the position below and have a think about this question. It’s White to move. Should he: a.) castle queen’s ... Continue Reading →
Andrew Zigmond (Custom)

Yorkshire League Extra – Silver Rook

While the top two divisions began the waiting game for the last round the Silver Rook teams met in a round that decided the division for 2013-14. Pontefract were held to a draw by West ... Continue Reading →
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Travail Pursuit #3: Threatening behaviour

One aspect of my game which I consider to be a strength is that I think I have a good feel for the initiative and when I have momentum in an attack I tend to be quite good at sustaining ... Continue Reading →
Andrew Zigmond (Custom)

YCA League 2013/14 Round 10

Woodhouse Cup Bradford A proved that their defeat of York RI A was no fluke by defeating Sheffield A 5½-2½. This means that Bradford A move to the top of the table as the only unbeaten ... Continue Reading →
Jan Van Der Griendt and Colin McNab

4NCL 2013/14 Weekend 4 – Divisions 1&2

4NCL 2013/14 Weekend 4 – Divisions 1 and 2 Links: Official 4NCL Website Latest Standings All 4NCL Posts John Carleton’s (Spirit of Atticus) Weekend 4 Report Stephen Kee’s ... Continue Reading →
Vasco vs. Shapland, 2000. The opening was a Closed Sicilian but now, after Black's 12th move the centre has opened up and the complications are about to begin!

Travail Pursuit #2: An open Closed Sicilian

Today’s game was played on this day in 2000. I was living down in London at the time and this game was played in the London League. It’s not a particularly great game in terms ... Continue Reading →
The etching of Lenin and Hitler playing chess in Vienna, 1909

Travail Pursuit #1: Lenin vs. Hitler

After far too long languishing in the archives of our website I’m dusting down and re-shaping “Travail Pursuit” which was always intended to be something of a blog about the more ... Continue Reading →
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4NCL 2013/14 Weekend 4 – Division 3

4NCL 2013/14 Weekend 4 – Division 3 Links: Official 4NCL Website Latest Standings All 4NCL Posts John Carleton’s (Spirit of Atticus) Weekend 4 Report Stephen Kee’s ... Continue Reading →