Monday, 20 December 2010

Merry Christmas everyone

Weather and health permitting hoping to see some of you this evening at the Workers Club. Meanwhile here is a chess-related Christmas Card that I made using Taxedo incorporating the lyrics from Wizzard's 'I wish it could be Christmas every day'. Couldn't resist that chess piece template. :-)

Thursday, 16 December 2010

At last!

Thanks John. Here's the game for anyone who's interested.

The move I took the longest over was 17)Bxg7. It was reminiscent of Michael Corleone in the restaurant scene from "The Godfather". I knew once I'd made that move, there was no going back!

Rugby C v Coventry C

Simon Turner 1- 0 Dave Filer
Darius Draskinis 0- 1 H Jones
John Hall 0.5- 0.5 Simon Weaver
Andrew Turk 1- 0 Trevor Beesley

So we won the Match 2.5 - 1.5
Darius had a won position, his opponent was ready to resign, played on, could have had a draw through repitition, played on and lost.....

Andrew won his first long play game and it was a cracker too; well done Andrew, this should fill you with confidence now!

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

The English defeated

This is the first (and only) time I tried using the English Opening. I felt I lost it from 4 ... D5 , which is a depressingly early time to be losing a game, because from then on I seemed to be on the defensive all the time. Obviously the English Opening is a tried and trusted beginning so I must assume operator error. Any help would therefore be greatly appreciated.

Sunday, 12 December 2010

Cov League tables at the half way point

An improvement for the A team after 0% in the first 3 matches !

Nice to see both teams doing well in Div 2.

Good luck D team for an upturn in your fortunes !

Friday, 10 December 2010

Classical Dutch but on the wrong side of the board?

Here is yet another Dutch defence with a twist as I was on the receiving side of it for once. It is also the game in which contains one of my best combinations spanning the entire board. From the Bh6 to the Ra8.

I have also tried to include a lot of comments so that hopefully players of any range can benefit.

If your wondering how the knight gets trapped then the analysis should help. It isn't hard but the key aspect is to keep taking squares away from the knight and drive it towards the edge of the board.

So after 32...Nc1 33. Bc3 with the threat of b4 winning a piece. A bishop move loses for example 33...Bd6 34.b4 Nb3 35.Bc2 trapping the knight. So black has to play 33...Nb3 34.Bc2 Nc1 35.Bd2 winning the knight so black has 2 possible knight moves which both lose.

The 1st is 35...Na1 (not a good place for a knight anyway) 36. Bd1 (or Ba4) followed by 37.b4 winning the knight.

The 2nd is 35...Nc1 36.Bd2 Na2 37. Bb1 (or Bb3) again winning the knight.

I hope everyone enjoyed the game in which I demonstrated, mainly to myself, that I can play main line openings and still get a good position. Please leave comments good or bad, unless your name is John Naylor lol.

Monday, 6 December 2010

Ed Goodwin v Bob Wildig

Our final First division game of the first half of the season ended in a good win for the A team and the following happened in the game between Bob Wildig and Ed Goodwin.
(Get it ?? Goodwin, Good win ...... Oh well...)

Friday, 3 December 2010

I look forward to Nalin playing better games in chess competition

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Congratulations to Jamie Kearney

Now that Jamie is the joint under 12 Warwickshire Closed Champion there is even more reason to challenge him on the Rugby Junior Chess Club ladder, then after Christmas we should do well as a club when we enter the UK Chess Challenge.