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Sac Or No Sac? (4)

“A sacrifice is best refuted by accepting it”Wilhelm Steinitz “How do I know when is the right time to sac?” is a question that puzzled me earlier in my chess…

lucky lucena

Lucky Lucena

I was looking through some of the games played in last weekend’s 4NCL congress when I came across this rook ending. It was played in Round 2 between Julian Cast…

need sure points qgd vienna variation edition

Need sure points? QGD, Vienna Variation Edition

“If you want to play for a draw, don’t leave anything to chance. Just force either a completely drawn ending or a perpetual.”Magnus Carlsen Wikipedia writes:“The Vienna New Year’s Concert…

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The Great Ones (7)

“You always admire what you really don’t understand”Blaise Pascal Lionel Messi and Argentina have won the World Cup 2022. They showed mental toughness, determination and brilliance. There are a lot…

comeback kid

Comeback Kid

Regular readers of my posts may recall that I’d decided to retire from competitive chess during lockdown. Well, I was reluctantly persuaded to make a comeback the other day. Let…

the motor car gambit

The Motor Car Gambit

While searching newspaper archives for something else the other day I came across a rather amusing game with rather amusing annotations, considering the white bishops to be motor cars. It…

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Students Analysis (11)

“Believe in yourself. You are braver than you think, more talented than you know, and capable of more than you imagine.”Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart Our Provincial…

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CCTV

Like most chess teachers, I encourage my students to look for forcing moves: checks, captures and threats. Some time ago I thought it a good idea to teach them to…

mike basman

Mike Basman

The UK chess community is mourning the loss of IM Mike Basman, whose death at the age of 76 was reported last week. Mike was one of the great characters…

at last the 1988 show

At Last the 1988 Show

I’m currently writing a history of Richmond Junior Chess Club from 1975 to 2006: you can read the second part here. The next part will cover the period where our…