Scarborough Fair! It's easy to see why the Scarborough Congress has become one of the most popular in the calendar. Last Saturday morning provided a clear and sunny sky and a bracing walk to the venue for round 2.

Travail Pursuit #68: The Scarborough Express

Last weekend the North Yorkshire resort of Scarborough became a chess mecca with over 300 chess players descending on the Spa Centre in the town’s South Bay area. Of course the majority ... 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 →
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 →
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 Rounds 2 and 3: Champions take-over

As Calderdale’s chess players returned to the Trades Club in Hebden Bridge tonight for the penultimate round of this year’s Calderdale Individual Championship they will surely ... Continue Reading →
The Calderdale crown was secured for another year by Matthew Parsons on Monday night. Congratulations and well played Matthew!

Calderdale Individual Championship: Round 5

Parsons keeps his crown Matthew Parsons retained his Calderdale Individual title on Monday night as the final round of the Championship saw a cascade of victories with the White pieces ... Continue Reading →
Matthew Parsons (left) won the 2012-13 title and is now well placed to retain his crown this year. Club colleague Nick Sykes stands in his way in the final round

Calderdale Individual Championship: Round 4

Momentum with the Reigning Champion The fourth round of this year’s Calderdale Individual Championship saw plenty of top quality action and some surprising outcomes. As the draw ... Continue Reading →
When players are evenly matched it's only natural that draws should become more frequent. This image is used under Creative Commons terms and sourced from C.A.Mullhaupt's Flickr photo stream

Calderdale Individual Championship: Round 3

Pax ludus scacchorum The Romans offered the ‘pax romana’ (Roman peace) to their allies, the Catholic Church granted ‘pax vobiscum’ (peace with you) to worshipers ... Continue Reading →
Matthew Parsons (left) won the 2012-13 title and is now well placed to retain his crown this year. Club colleague Nick Sykes stands in his way in the final round

Calderdale Individual Championship: Round 5

Second Time Lucky for Parsons As the chess players of Calderdale congregated one last time for this season’s Calderdale Individual Championship, the leader of the competition ... Continue Reading →
There was a distinctly apostolic theme to the names of the combatants on the top three boards in round 3. One Matthew, one Andrew, one John and no less than three Peters! Then on board 4 we had an Angel. Seriously!

Calderdale Individual Championship: Round 3

Acts of the Apostles are Swiftly Ended In last week’s post I asked if you could name the two previous champions taking part in this year’s Calderdale Individual Championship. The ... Continue Reading →
Mitchell Burke

Calderdale Individual Championship: Round 2

Black Monday Takes the Top Seed Here is an interesting question to ask at the beginning of this post. There are only two previous champions playing in this year’s Calderdale Individual ... Continue Reading →