This Week

Trimming the cedar to find Clifford the big red dog peeping at me


Filling post holes in my new fence

Watched the whole netflix series of ‘When they see us’. Controversial and powerful.

Had a lovely weekend at Heywood Chess Congress, playing some very tentative games.

Bought a set of wireless door bells at a discount store in Heywood…bargain yeesssss

Got some great Fathers day treats

Sun arose so cracked on with mowing the lawn

Took a nice leisurely walk to the cinema to see John Wick 3. Awesome, action packed, no nonsense, kick butt movie.

Took a journey to my chess club and played some interesting games getting 2 wins and a draw and collecting my club jumper…whoop

Enjoyed watching the 2019 Arm wrestling championship…technique and power :O

Bit of spare time, I recorded a few bullet chess matches for my Chessucation series

Soaking up some art with Damien Hirst

Taking in the soulful sounds of buskers ‘Loud Noises’


That’s all for this week, but what about next week….’The Garage’ :O




How I became a Chess Champion in 2019 (U1412)

Ok so I attended a chess congress last weekend, the sections that were available were as follows;

  • OPEN (usually over 1862 rated players)
  • MAJOR U1862 incl INTER U1712
  • MINOR U1562 inc CHALLENGER U1412

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How to deliver the most powerful kick to Protect You

Greg trained long and hard into the night, working on perfecting the deep strategies and tactics required to make his side kick as strong as possible. Each training session he focussed so intently on making this kick more devastating than the last kick. He worked hard, he worked fast and too his credit his kick had improved, but still he wasn’t quite happy with it. His kick could move the largest of training bags both static and swinging, favouring the almighty impact he could get from powering through focus shields and sending people flying 5 feet. His kick was awesome, his kick was powerful, but yet he still wasn’t happy.

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Bullet chess(800-900 rated) versus Long play chess(FIDE 1345)

Wow just thought i would check out the theory that playing fast games of chess doesn’t help improve your long play chess skills. Here is my report on what i found out.

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17 – 20 min matches FIDE 1345


FIDE 1345

  • 17 min ignored the threat of attack and followed own targets Watch the game
  • 17 min keep calm, shallow attacks are just that…shallow Watch the game
  • 20 min – The shock of my life – How the blazes did I come back from that…wow Watch the game
  • 20 min Worming my way through yet again. Made a right meal of this game, c’mon pull yourself together Watch the game
  • 20 min Take for take
  • 20 min Once the finish line is visible, keep the pressure on Watch the game
  • 20 min When a game goes all the way, know your endgame for sure Watch the game




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