alfreds double

Alfred’s Double

I’ve recently been researching the Leicester player Alfred Lenton, who shared 3rd place and 2nd place in the 1935 and 1936 British Championships. At the time he was an avid…

classic confusion

Classic Confusion

You’ll recognise this position, I’m sure. If not, then you should certainly read on. At least one book describes this much anthologised position as the most important pawn ending ever….

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Planning for Victory (5)

“All men can see these tactics whereby I conquer, but what none can see is the strategy out of which victory is evolved.”Sun Tzu These days we are enjoying some…

the closed sicilian

The Closed Sicilian

“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”Ralph Waldo Emerson The beginning of a new correspondence chess tournament is…

need sure points modern exchange grunfeld 8 rb1 variation edition

Need sure points? Modern Exchange Grünfeld, 8.Rb1 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 It is good to review from…

half nelson

Half Nelson

Endings with rooks against passed pawns are often exciting and difficult to get right. I chanced upon this game from the first round of the Major Open in Leicester, between…

need sure points modern exchange grunfeld 8 bb5 variation edition

Need sure points? Modern Exchange Grünfeld, 8.Bb5+ 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 This variation has made a comeback…

leicester folly

Leicester Folly

As I write this article, the British Championships are taking place at my Alma Mater: De Montfort University, Leicester. It was the City of Leicester Polytechnic when I was there,…

bad ideas 9

Bad Ideas (9)

“Errare humanum est…”Seneca Last week we went over a bad sequence for White in one of our friendly voting games. You can read it again here. We stopped at our king…

bad ideas 8

Bad Ideas (8)

“Errare humanum est…”Seneca Below is an interesting position we reached as Black in one of our recently finished voting chess games. There is a lot to like about it. The…