Another trip to the coast

I had a club match down in the Worthing where I again blundered (and will catch up on that soon) . I managed to beat a junior on Tuesday at the club but in a far from convincing fashion.

I was not feeling in good form as I headed down to Hove to play just a few hundred yards from the remains of the glorious West Pier. Will reminded me that we had played in Crowborough a year ago . I haven’t check our result from there but I did play poorly in that tournament. He is a promising Junior with a lower grade than he deserves and this game demonstrates that.

In short I swindled my way to a draw. It is one of the mysteries of my play that I become more inventive once I am trailing. White demolished me and I was lucky to find a way out in the endgame.

Woodpushers accident

Woodpushers is a Brighton based club…well Hove actually !

They are a good crowd who unfortunately for their match against our third team were unable to field a full team. The odds were therefore against them as they had two boards missing for a five board match.

My game can best be described as risky at best. I was creating imbalances before missing a horrendous mistake at the end.

English Matchplay

This was my first match of the season and it was against a Horsham team. My play after January last year was very poor and result in a significant loss of grading points which has resulted in me playing for Horsham 3 this season. However Horsham 2 had a couple of players unavailable for their first match which was against Horsham 1.

I found myself playing Lucy Bennet-Stevens who just keeps getting better and better. She is an absolute advert for chess.  Still studying for her GCSEs she is an athlete, heading for STEM studies at University and somehow manages to cope with a bunch of old male fuddy duddies at chess club. She is lovely and charming, except when she plays chess…obviously!

Knockout Replay

The second serious game of the season and against the same opponent as we sought to conclude the first round of the Knockout. I have a history of losing in the first round and going on to do reasonably well in the plate. Of course I would prefer to navigate to the second round without defeat.

In this game we play a slightly unusual position but my opponent chose to weaken the centre and this proved too ambitious.

First Game of the New Season

It has been a while since I have been able to update the website.It seems sensible to start afresh with the new season. Over the last couple of years my grading has slumped from 170 to 152 which is the way of the club player. My opponent was about the same grade as me and certainly got the better from the opening. It was a seesaw game which culminated in me offering a draw from a won position!

Short Arms

Look at this great checkmate from an under 12 competition in the USA being held in Disney –  thanks to @USchess . Notice that the winner constructs a great checkmate but can barely reach the seventh rank!

Lateral Defence

Here is a very interesting game against a very strong 190  player from my the Worthing Chess Championship. I hadn’t played or even met Grant before and I can say he is a very pleasant chap (who bought me a pint!).

This was a very interesting game and the mighty French withstood the initial attack. Unfortunately I overlooked a little tactic which didn’t bode well. One theme that I found interesting was the lateral defence provided by my Rook on a6.


Scandinavian Sorcery

I encountered Phil a second time in just a few weeks and having lost with my favoured French I thought I would revert to 1.e4 which I hadn’t played in ten years.

I was playing down a good line but h3 was imprecise and once I had a rush of blood with Bxb7 I suffered badly. I had intended to simply play Qb3 and computer analysis shows this was fine as the Black King is a bit exposed.

Charting the ups and downs of club chess