Whether they are sound or not, the humble exchange sacrifice is one of the most straightforward ways of bringing imbalance into a chess game. This image is used under Creative Commons terms and sourced from Jeremy Brook's Flickr photo stream.

Travail Pursuit #49: Exchange rate

Today’s games both feature a surprisingly prominent tactic in the games I’ve posted in this column: the exchange sacrifice. I suppose this isn’t exactly an earth shattering revelation ... Continue Reading →

2014-15 NCCU Open County Championships

Yorkshire retained the NCCU title with a performance of authority and conviction. After a slightly nervy start providing a hint of initiative to the visitors, the home team neutralised ... Continue Reading →
Cumbria vs. Yorkshire 30.03.14 (03)

Calderdale Evening League Division 1

The Calderdale league is shaping up to be very tight this year. Adrian Dawson has sent us his thoughts: Two matches are overdue but, I believe, to be played shortly and they are Huddersfield ... Continue Reading →

4NCL 2014/15 Weekend 3 – White Rose

4NCL 2014/15 Weekend 3 – White Rose Links: Official 4NCL Website All 4NCL Posts Download all games The White Rose squad assembled at the new 4NCL venue of the Holiday Inn at ... Continue Reading →
Andrew Bak

2014/15 Yorkshire League – Round 8

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 →

Book Review – Mikhail Botvinnik

Mikhail Botvinnik. The Life and Games of a World Chess Champion. Andrew Soltis. McFarland & Company. Hardback. 274 Pages. 125 Diagrams. 12 Photographs. Price £30.00. Mikhail ... Continue Reading →
Just another excuse for a dragon picture? You bet! In this one it looks like Saint George got eaten though. Oops! This image is used under Creative Commons terms and sourced from Viola's Visions Flickr photo stream

Travail Pursuit #48: What it takes

Today’s game was played on the 19th of February eight years ago and it’s a game that I can remember fondly and vividly. It was my first full season playing for Hebden Bridge in ... Continue Reading →
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NCCU County Championships This Weekend

This Sunday 22nd February, the Latvian and Welfare Club in Bradford will be playing host to the Open and U160 NCCU County Championships, with two Yorkshire vs Lancashire matches taking ... 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 Individual Championship Round 4: A three horse race

Last week we reported on round 2 and 3 of the Calderdale Individual Championship and previewed round 4. This week we’ll summarise the action from that fourth round. The much anticipated ... Continue Reading →

15th Jorvik Rapidplay 2015

The Jorvik Rapidplay took place on 31st January at the Holiday Inn, York. There were 54 entries in 2 sections with a 6 round Swiss with each player having 20 minutes each game. A friendly ... Continue Reading →