1st match of the 18/19 chess season

First match of the 18/19 Real life Over the board(OTB) chess season got underway with flying colours. Great game which saw me pull together the training concepts i’ve been working on over the past few years.

Full pgn match on Lichess playback

[Event “League”] [Site “https://lichess.org/OJn5gcXw”%5D [Date “2018.10.10”] [Round “-“] [White “JB”] [Black “SC”] [Result “0-1”] [WhiteElo “?”] [BlackElo “?”] [Variant “Standard”] [TimeControl “-“] [ECO “C62”] [Opening “Ruy Lopez: Steinitz Defense”] [Termination “Normal”] [Annotator “lichess.org”] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 d6 { C62 Ruy Lopez: Steinitz Defense } 4. O-O Bd7 5. c3 Nf6 6. Re1 Be7 7. Bc4 O-O 8. d4 exd4 9. cxd4 Bg4 10. d5 Ne5 11. Nbd2 a6 12. h3 Bxf3 13. gxf3 Nh5 14. Kh2 Bh4 15. Nf1 Nxc4 16. Qe2 Nb6 17. f4 Nf6 18. Ng3 Bxg3+ 19. fxg3 Re8 20. Qf3 Qe7 21. Bd2 Nxe4 22. Bc3 Nxd5 23. Bd4 c5 24. Bf2 Ndf6 25. Rad1 Qc7 26. Bg1 Qa5 27. Re3 Qxa2 28. Qe2 Nc3 29. Rxe8+ Rxe8 30. Qd3 Re2+ 31. Kh1 Qxb2 32. Rf1 Nce4 33. Qf3 a5 34. g4 a4 35. g5 Ne8 36. f5 f6 37. g6 h6 38. Be3 Rh2+ 39. Kg1 Ng5 40. Qg3 Nxh3+ { White resigns. } 0-1

Georgina – Luxury or Necessity?


As my beloved car ‘Georgina’ reaches her twilight years (yes I’m one of those that named their inanimate object out of some attempt at bonding more closely with it, but hey, I don’t care)

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In Chess We Trust

Years and Years of playing the beautiful game of chess I’ve met some great people. Win lose or draw there’s that moment during a game when you have to make a choice – Go for Gold or sit back and take the hits hoping the opponent burns them self out .

I’ve had the pleasure of meeting an extremely strong laid back chess Champ in an OTB match last year. During the match I was keen to just hang on in there and hope to at least be in the game eight moves in…hey a plan is a plan no matter how small ha ha

So I have to admit, knowing that I was going to be facing a chess champ, I knuckled down to some research on their past games(first time ever), just to see if there were any underlying themes in their chess moves. Luckily I did find one piece of useful information that I hoped would help me face this chess monster.

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How to improve in chess

Developing in chess is one of the most exciting, exhilarating experiences you can encounter. Each stage of the chess education process is an adventure in its own right. From learning how the pieces move, making moves with the pieces, then becoming comfortable with the opening, midgame and endgame theories, there’s a catalogue of great stratagem and mental agility training to be accomplished.  Such training involves critically analysing your games (both over the board real life and online). Studying and critically evaluating Elite chess player’s games to build your own repertoire of strategies and plans. Researching chess books/chess youtubers/youtube chess competitions/chess websites, to gain further insights into how other chess players think.

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From dream to reality – Lisa Stansfield

It’s absolutely fantastic when a life long dream becomes a reality. Although before the reality kicked in I started to wonder if the event might be an anti climax and not meet the heady heights of my dream factory. The event in question was my long awaited magical journey into the world of one of my top listed singers ‘Lisa Stansfield‘ who was performing at the Barbican in York.

I was so excited I could hardly contain myself, I was about to see Lisa Live wow :O

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