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.

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.

Charting the ups and downs of club chess