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Chris Bak at the Reykjavik Open Part 3

In March I played in my first (and hopefully not last!) international tournament: the Reykjavik Open in Iceland. I strongly recommend this tournament to chess players of any strength. ... Continue Reading →
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Chris Bak at the Reykjavik Open Part 2

In March I played in my first (and hopefully not last!) international tournament: the Reykjavik Open in Iceland. I strongly recommend this tournament to chess players of any strength. ... Continue Reading →
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County Championship (U160): Yorkshire vs. Greater Manchester

Last Sunday Yorkshire took on Greater Manchester in an Under 160 County Championship Quarter Final which was hosted by Halifax Chess Club at their home venue the Lee Mount Club. Yorkshire ... Continue Reading →
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YP Article 19 – Gormally takes Hebden Bridge by storm

This is an extended version of the column published in The Yorkshire Post on 20th of February 2016. Following the devastating flood damage in the Calder Valley caused at the end of ... Continue Reading →
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Yorkshire Post Article 6 – Northern University Chess Championships 2015

This is an extended version of the column published in The Yorkshire Post on 21st November 2015 University Chess Tournament in York reaches new levels! This month saw the second National ... Continue Reading →
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Yorkshire Post Article 2 – YCA League 2015/16 Round 2

This is an extended version of the column published in The Yorkshire Post on 24th October 2015 Yorkshire League Review Woodhouse Cup Over the last few seasons, the three main competitors ... Continue Reading →
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Yorkshire Post Article 1 – Open County Championship 2015

This is an extended version of the column published in the Yorkshire Post on 17th October 2015 Open County Championship Final 2015 Last year, Yorkshire impressively won the ECF Open ... Continue Reading →
Preparing to take the plunge and advance. This image is used under Creative Commons terms and sourced from cdm's Flickr photostream

Travail Pursuit #60: On the precipice

In this, the shortest of my four post series on the 9.Nf4 line in the French Tarrasch, there are just three games to look at. But don’t let the lack of material here fool you, this ... Continue Reading →
James' own illustration of the Squashing Frog

The Squashing Frog

The Squashing Frog, a trivial dispute. James Carpenter shares some of his experiences with the French Defence August, a quiet dry month filled with contemplations of past glories and, ... Continue Reading →
The presence of opposite coloured bishops in endings usually leads to drawn positions. But, as today's examples show, the route to a draw is not always straight forward. This image is used under Creative Commons terms and sourced from Jim Rafferty's Flickr photostream

Travail Pursuit #59: Opposites attract… draws

And now for something completely different! In today’s post I’m going to write about a subject I’ve never covered before (indeed I’m not sure that this website has ever done ... Continue Reading →