novices and

Novices and Experts

Education author and blogger David Didau has a lot to say about the difference between novices and experts on his website. This article is a good place to start. So…

a foundation for beginners eighty two

A Foundation for Beginners Eighty Two

Last week, we worked through our game’s first seven moves. This week, we’ll start at move eight. As I mentioned in the conclusion of last week’s article, we’d look at…

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…

a foundation for beginners eighty one

A Foundation for Beginners Eighty One

Last week, we played through a game in which a tactic called the fork played a decisive role. We briefly talked about the creation of combinations, a sequence of moves…

some recent books

Some Recent Books

Some of you will be aware that I write regular book reviews for British Chess News. Three of the books I’ve reviewed recently might be of interest to Chess Improvers…

richmond junior club 1975 2006 part 3

Richmond Junior Club 1975-2006 Part 3

You may be aware that I co-founded Richmond Junior Chess Club with my good friend Mike Fox in 1975, and, after he moved to Birmingham a few years later, ran…

a foundation for beginners eighty

A Foundation for Beginners Eighty

Last week, we started looking at a specific tactic, the fork. Today, we’ll see the fork in action. Let’s review what we’ve learned so far and then look at a…

the extra pawn

The Extra Pawn

You might recall that my comeback game resulted in a rook ending which was completely drawn in spite of my opponent’s extra pawn. I thought it might be useful to…

tom and jerry

Tom and Jerry

Let me tell you about two of our relatively new club members, both in their 30s. Let’s call them Tom and Jerry. I’ve changed their names and some details for…

a foundation for beginners seventy nine

A Foundation for Beginners Seventy Nine

Last week, we started exploring the world of tactics in more detail. While I mentioned the importance of tactics, I also mentioned that you can’t solely count on their use…