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    • Another Bird (almost) killed

      ...and I thought it was a great sacrifice on move 19 - but there was something much simpler and much better. | Read More

    • Blindfold with a student

      After church today, I played this blindfold game against Sam, one of my ten-year old students. This was his second full blindfold game. see http://www.chess.com/forum/view/general/blindfold-chess-play----memoir for more on blindfold chess. | Read More

    • Karpov Korchnoi's '74 Dragon revisited - revisited

      After nearly 40 years I am returning to a game where I followed Karpov Korchnoi for the first 20 moves - and then my 176 BCF opponent unleashed a TN. Does this resurrect the whole variation? No it doesn't. | Read More

    • My chess backstory

      A friend asked me how I started playing chess and how I got into coaching. Here's the answer.   I started playing when I was eight - but I can't remember what actually got me started. I read Bott & Morrison's 'Chess for Children' (and I would... | Read More

    • An unsound (but brutal) attack

      Moaz, my regular lunchtime opponent, allowed me to win this nice game today. Houdini then showed me all the mistakes (cheers). | Read More

    • The Last Round

      A great piece of chess fiction. See http://www.wtharvey.com/lastrd.html | Read More

    • (Almost) killing a bird at lunchtime

      It's Costa Coffee at lunchtime in the City of London and I had prepared something new against Moaz's 1f4. Time control was 10mins + 2 sec increments. | Read More

    • 2013 Bright vs Miah - game two

      Today saw the second game in our six-game match. Javaid told me afterwards that he had spent six hours preparing against my Scandinavian - but then I diverted from his prepartion with 9...gxf6 - as recommended (just about) by Bauer. Until then, Ja... | Read More

    • 2013 Bright vs Miah - game one

      We played at the Kitchen Table Café in the Park- time control was 40 in 90 minutes and then 30+30 (which we did not need). This was my first long-time-control over-the-board game in nearly 20 years. I was out of my opening knowledge after move on... | Read More

    • Easter 2013 Kitchen Table Café in the Park Invitational

      I ran another tournament this morning at the Kitchen Table Café in East Ham Central Park . This was for students I teach here in Olympic Newham and also friends and family. I had been concerned that I had invited too many people - the venue, the ... | Read More