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.

McMutcheon Mayhem

Three posts in short succession … just like London buses!

Here is an interesting game in the Horsham Rook competition which is our club championship. I was relieved to stay in this tough competition last year with a late surge winning the last two games and coming a creditable fourth.  Chris plays combative chess and is a fine player with the wisdom also to play the French as Black.

One of the problems with playing regular chess against the same players is that they all know your lines. As we were playing this game other players were checking out which lines we played ready to prepare for our game later in the season…

Fantastic Fischer

I have found myself drawn to some Fischer games of late and here is another absolutely fantastic game played by Bobby against Boris.

As a clubplayer I learned a few lessons. Firstly it is not enough to play one fantastic move to win the game. Bobby played stunning moves time and again in order to beat as good a player as Spassky.

It is also crucial to understand your endgames. Look at how Fischer converted the final position by converting into a winning endgame. I wonder how many of us clubplayers would have foreseen such a plan.

Enjoy this game – its a stunning destruction of the opposition.

Worthing Wonders

I am keen to play more chess this season and so have joined a second club  which plays lots of internal chess , has a healthy junior section and is based over a local working man’s club which offers restorative beer!

I am still finding my way around their competitions and here is my very first game in the club championship.  There are players graded 202 , 190 and 168 to look forward to but I started with this game against a very promising junior who I am sure will shoot up the grading list shortly. I certainly wish I could play this well when I was 12.

The Great Capablanca

Here is a very interesting game with a suitably clever finish from the great cuban player Capablanca.

Thegame is just over a hundred years old and shows a very interesting concept. This combined with the finish makes it a valuable use of ten minutes!



I always feel the club season proper starts when I play the first game in my club’s all play all which  is the club championship. The competition is entitled the Rook and the trophy is a very fine solid silver Rook of considerable size.

One year , rather surprisingly, I was able to win this trophy and I was understandably proud. On returning home with this fine piece of silverware my pride was punctured with an immediate domestic decree that I would be polishing it myself!

So this season I began with a game against Phil Stimpson who is a very active player. He plays for a number of clubs and is always very well prepared. This was a very interesting game in a French sideline which he has tried against me once before.


I came across this great video with the amazing Yasser Seirawan who was one of the great players of the western world as I grew up.

I think you might enjoy some brilliant chess …perhaps even commit a game to memory …

Knockout Knockabout

After last week’s quickplay games the season got off to a proper start with the first round of the knockout.  As luck would have it I found myself playing a new player to the club who recently moved to the area.

Alex is graded 165 so he is certainly not new to chess and we quickly reached a standard position. Early season imprecision allowed him to get the Bishop for Knight and I found myself in an uncomfortable position before the position broke open in my favour, winning a rook.

Game Six

Chess Champion Bobby Fischer

I mentioned Game six of the Fischer -Spassky duel in my last post and it is a truly beautiful game. These days there are many good online resources and I personally enjoy watching some of the many excellent youtubers.

Inevitably many have focused on this historic game and I have watched several but my favourite account is shown below – if you enjoy the video you might even subscribe to watch more of the ChessNetwork.

I love the way that Fischer exercises control over his opponent with such simple moves. There is a strong element of prophylaxis where he prevents Spassky from creating any counterplay.

Charting the ups and downs of club chess