Fingers crossed there'll be more mayhem and confusion at the chess board for me in 2015. Image used under Creative Commons terms and sourced from cinnamon_girl's Flickr photo stream

Travail Pursuit #43: New year’s wish

As 2015 hove’s into view which chess player isn’t reflecting on what they achieved last year and making a wish or two for the new one? I think that 2014 was pretty good ... Continue Reading →

Travail Pursuit #42: Seasonal miniature heroes

At this time of year the assortment box of chocolates becomes ubiquitous. Groping desperately for a suitably seasonal theme for this post I realised that all the games featured today ... Continue Reading →

Bradford Individual Lightning

I hope you’re all getting into the festive spirit, but just before you disappear off to enjoy your lovely Christmas dinner, why not come to the Bradford Individual Lightning? This ... Continue Reading →
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 →